So Can someone with knowledge of where this stand now update this thread?
Being close to black friday I am ready to update my 530 50" Samsung plasma (which I have had 0 issues with)
There are a few models to choose from
8500 series (no known reports?)
8000 series (where most recent issues arise?)
5500 series (no known reports?)
Was it a specific version of firmware that allowed heat to move beyond safe levels?
Was it a specific model number that was manufactured in a certain area?
Is it a regional issue and only happened when temperatures rose in summer or range of temperature changed drastically, or high humidity?
In other words what are the facts?
If I go with a samsung TV - plasma based what should I avoid what should I pay close attention to (saying stay away is not helpful)