LG looking at the end of the line for plasma TVs

broken-tv.jpgNow 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)

By Daniel Sung | February 27th, 2009





Daniel SungLG looking at the end of the line for plasma TVs
  • Salih Niper

    If Panasonic will be the only plasma survivor (together with the Pioneer who uses Panasonic panel screens), my plan for a 65″ Panasonic plasma for the living room will be difficult (if not much competition, no easy price cut downs). Anyway, I would live with a smaller plasma forever. Big LCD for a living room? No way! I like the pixels quick, bright, pitch black in dark. Even 2-20ms of pixel response time of LCD’s against 0.001ms of plasmas is such an unfair competition for LCD’s. Make the comparison by watching a Formula 1 race or a football match from your satellite receiver.

  • Reli

    With LCDs like these:
    http://www.ultimateavmag.com/flatpaneldisplays/vizio_vf550xvt_lcd_tv/
    http://tech.msn.com/products/slideshowspecialsav.aspx?cp-documentid=17727909&gt1=40000
    who needs plasmas anymore?

    Vizio will make even better LCDs without plasmas in their way.

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