Now I know the image I’ve used isn’t very accurate but a) it’s far more dramatic than some black rectangle of a LG plasma and b) I was going to use this one instead but, seeing as it’s a Samsung and an LCD, that would have been just as ridiculous as this one which, as it goes, is much more interesting, don’t you think?
Anyway, my editorial dilemmas to one side, the point is that LG’s vice president, Lee Gyu-hong, has announced that the Korean giants are taking a bit of a beating on plasma TVs and that they’re thinking about ceasing production.
Obviously, this is no major issue on its own but since Pionnner and VIZIO have already given up the ghost in the past few months, that only leaves Panasonic and Hitachi still making them. What’s more, if rich old LG can’t sustain plasma production, then it doesn’t hold out a lot of hope for the other two.
Now, I can see that plasmas aren’t the be all and end all of TVs but they’re probably still as good as it gets despite all the recent advances in LCD technology. If they’d had the money poured into them that LCDs have seen, it could be a very different story.
Both TV techs have a plenty good about them and, as much as anything, I’d just be sorry to see this path of innovation stop. Still, if no one’s buying them, what can you do?
UPDATE: LG has denied that it’s pulling out of the plasma market.
(via Engadget HD)