Originally Posted by cpcat
Regarding the acquisition of NEC pdp division by Pio:
I initially suspected that the NEC branded panel might continue as a higher-end model similar to the Elites now. However, looking at the new Pio panels they seem fairly upscale already. It could be that the NEC brand might continue as commercial-only. It could be the NEC brand will end. Don't know. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.
cpcat, just to clarify the business situation:
Once upon a time there was a company called NEC that owned a pdp glass manufacturing factory. They made their own glass and used it to make their pdp's. They also sold their glass to Sony, and Sony added Sony electronics to Sony pdp's and sold them as Sony pdp's (with NEC glass).
Then one day Pioneer company said to NEC company, "I will buy your glass factory for lots of money. Don't worry, you can still buy the glass from us to make your pdp's; Sony can also continue buying pdp glass from the factory."
And so it was that Pioneer bought NEC's pdp glass manufacturing factory. And NEC bought pdp glass from the factory and added NEC electronics to it and sells them as NEC pdp's, but Sony decided it did not want to buy the pdp glass from the factory any more, since Sony decided to leave the plasma market. And of course Pioneer also used glass from the factory and added their pioneer electronics to it and sold them as Pioneer plasmas.
The point is, that NEC is still an independent company from Pioneer, just like Sony is, and NEC determines their own NEC marketing strategy. How Pioneer markets pioneer plasmas has no bearing on how NEC markets NEC plasmas.for some reason I thought that needed saying