Lower the flags to half-mast: Samsung will stop producing plasma panels for TVs by the end of November, the company's display arm has confirmed, as interest in the screen type dwindles in the face of LCD and OLED. The decision follows in the footsteps of Panasonic, which opted to cut its own plasma production in 2013.
It's no secret that Panasonic has been looking to jump ship from the plasma TV business, with word surfacing back in March that the company was looking to get out of the market. Now more concrete information has surfaced, with Reuters again reporting on the matter, this time with sources who claim Panasonic will be dropping from the business by March of 2014.
The movie and camera industry may be moving up from 1080p/2K to 4K, but Panasonic and NHK are looking even further ahead. Today the team unveiled a 145-inch screen with an 8K resolution. The plasma TV doesn’t require a backlight, helping the duo reach the massive size.
Samsung didn't hold back with new HDTVs at CES last month, and now pricing details for the bulk of the range - though not the coveted 55-inch OLED set - have emerged. The company is pushing voice and gesture control across a number of its smart TVs, and there are some premium prices to match as HDGuru's sources have illustrated. Figure on paying from $2,699 for the 46-inch 8000 Series with the interactive remote, 0.2-inch thick bezel and 3D support.
Bang & Olufsen has launched a new 65-inch plasma TV, the B&O BeoVision 12-65, along with a set of minimalist wall-mounted speakers, the B&O BeoLab 12. The BeoVision 12-65 uses an ultra slim NeoPDP panel and some clever optical trickery consisting of flexed metal strips to make the set look even narrower; it runs at Full HD, and has an integrated center-channel speaker for use with surround sound setups.
Panasonic has unveiled a new line of professional series reference monitors that come in two sizes and support both 3D and 2D content. Both of the screens are large and use plasma technology. TH-42BT300U and TH-50BT300U are 42-inches and 50-inches respectively and are aimed at use in post-production environments. They are made to have high color accuracy and 3D rendering capability.
Panasonic has seen demand for its TVs and smartphones ditch, leading to a 6-percent drop in consolidated sales year-on-year and a 141.9 billion yen ($1.82bn) loss over the last three months. Strong Blu-ray player sales could not offset a slump in interest around Panasonic flat-panel TVs and Sanyo digital cameras and other consumer electronics, according to the company's latest financial results, with full year losses expected to be in the region of $5.4bn. To save money, Panasonic will severely curtail its own flat-panel display production, shuttering some lines and stepping down others, and instead source panels from third-party suppliers.
When you're the king of anything, it's important that other people understand and know that you're the king. When you're Samsung, and you're the king of television sales in North America over the first half of 2011, the people that are going to know about it, especially when it comes to investigating the legitimacy of such a claim, are DisplaySearch, Quixel Research, and iSuppli. Together they've produced findings today that tell a story that can only be construed one way: if you're an avid consumer, Samsung is more than likely sitting in your living room displaying all of your HDMI-converted content through a gigantic screen TV right this minute.
First came the 2011 Panasonic VIERA LCD/LED range; now it's the turn of Panasonic's 2011 Plasma range to get official. The company has detailed its nineteen new models for this year, spanning from 41.6-inches up to 64.7-inches and priced from $599.95 to $4,299.95.
I love my 50-inch Panasonic plasma. It’s my high-quality companion when I watch a movie, flip on a baseball game, or play some video games. And along the way, it delivers the kind of visual fidelity that makes most people respond with a, “wow, this has a really great picture.”