Samsung announced this morning that they would be revealing their 2009 HDTV pricing next Tuesday, but they've been pipped to the post by HDGuru. No single leak or source collated all these figures - and the line-up is in excess of 45 models - it's been a labor of research love, together with some technology advice thrown in for good measure.
After rumors on Friday that LG were considering withdrawing from the plasma HDTV business, LG have been quick to quash speculation. According to the company's press release, LG will not only continue to make plasma sets but are aiming to increase their market share, focusing on 50-inch and larger sets where plasma still ousts LCD and demand is, apparently, higher.
LG are considering withdrawing from the plasma TV business, if costs continue to eclipse waning profits. Vice-president of the company Lee Gyu-hong told Kyodo News that, if LG can't find a way to bring down development and manufacturing expenses, they are likely to announce their exit-strategy by the end of 2009.
Appalling news for big-screen plasma TV fans, as Pioneer announce their intention to withdraw from the HDTV business and concentrate instead on car and home audio, DJ equipment and cable TV boxes. The news comes as the company reveals it expects a 130 billion yen ($1.44bn) net loss, with the restructuring - which will see plants in the UK and US closed, product development axed and around 10,000 employees jobless - aimed to complete by March 2010.
LG Korea have been flaunting their latest plasma HDTVs, the entertainingly-named Xcanvas "bobos" PDP TV 50PQ60D and 42PQ60D. On sale in Korea in twenty days time, the 50-inch and 42-inch sets have incredibly high contrast and response rates, the former being an unbelievable 1,000,000,000:1 and the latter 600MHz. There's also an ambient light sensor that, by automatically dimming the backlight, can save up to 60-percent of the energy the HDTVs normally use.
LG today announced their 2009 ranges of LCD and plasma HDTVs, with twelve new product lines and a total of 36 new models. Ranging in size from 19-inches to 55-inches on the LCD side, 23 of which support full 1080p High-Definition, together with 42-inch to 60-inch in the plasma ranges, four of which support 1080p, the HDTVs offer a range of technology from LG's core Invisible Speakers, AV Mode II, Clear Voice II and Picture Wizard systems, standard on all sets, to select models with TruMotion 240Hz and LED Mega Contrast.