@rkXLV, @Panteraswift, I ended up compromising and getting the 2 year Geek Squad protection, all the while feeling a little foolish, but also feeling a little less worried. Per the amount of time you get, it's even more expensive than the 5 year, but somehow the total cost of the 2 year plan was more palatable. Of course I wasn't primarily worried about burn-in - I was more thinking about dead pixels and/or other possible problems that could occur, and figured if I got through 2 years with no issues that the TV would be basically sound. That, and it would no longer be the totally shiny new toy that garners so much of my attention. So I'd be less upset if something goes wrong. Plus, in 2 years, I could probably get an equivalent replacement set (not whatever is the greatest at that time), for a lot cheaper. (Just guessing of course).Hello. I just went through that issue myself. I didn’t buy any extended warranty. The way I rationalize it is that spending so much time in this forum and many other places going over every conceivable detail, I have learned enough about the pitfalls that I consider myself trained on the safe use and enjoyment of this type of technology. The 2018 panels plus Sony’s anti-BI measures probably makes burn in a thing of the past for responsible users.
The main reason I wasn't worried about burn-in is that I enjoy TV at lower brightness levels, and that I generally watch it in a fairly dark room. Indeed the A8F gets *more* than bright enough for me, even with the brightness turned down to 1/2 or 1/3. With some sources I end up boosting the peak brightness setting, but that's about it. Also, after getting the TV, I found that there is a really convenient button on the very lower right of the remote that instantly switches off and on the panel only, with out putting the TV to sleep. So it's super quick and convenient to switch off the panel only, go pop some popcorn, and instantly switch the panel back on when I'm back.
Also, as is written about a lot recently on this forum, Sony does have safeguards built in for burn-in - with the infamous dimming "feature" (or bug, depending on how you look at it). I've almost never seen the dimming issue, probably because I don't watch at high brightness levels. Then there is the timed screen saver...
@rkXLV, would it be practical to perhaps employ some window covering, so you could watch sports at a lower brightness level? I think that would greatly mitigate the risk of burn-in, and I've found anyway, the picture looks fantastic at a lower brightness.