Originally Posted by kkl10
I wouldn't put much hope on improvement of clouding over time. This afirmation lacks substancial proof.
Even if there is any factor that could possibly have an influence on the appearance of clouding over time, there's no reason to believe that it would make it any better... it could actually make it worse.
In my opinion the clouding looks pretty bad in this picture...
If it looks as bad as this in reality, I would exchange it right away.
Getting on the way of normal content viewing is more than enough reason to consider it pretty bad clouding.
All opinions about about flashlighting and clouding i am giving base upon my personal experience with two LED edgelit TVs that i have in my home, both are Samsung TVs, a UN55D8000 and a UN40ES6500. Both models exhibited clouding equal to or worse than is represented in the OPs picture, The UN55D8000 was purchased in August of 2011 and today if a solid black screen as in the OP in a dark room i now have a solid black screen this is also the case with my UN40ES6500. I am on the road traveling but i do have a picture of my 40es6500 in a dark room which i'll post when i get back to my hotel.
I havent performed any magical screen massaging only calibrated the picture setting using Disney WOW disk.