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Samsung says 2014 is last year for their plasma TVs

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 05 Jul 2014 18:16 User comments (7)

Samsung says 2014 is last year for their plasma TVs Prospective plasma TV buyers beware: Another major OEM is dropping out the market.
Samsung SDI has announced this week that it will be stopping all production on PDP (plasma display panels) by the end of November, marking the end of an era for the company.

As expected, the company cited declining profit margins and increasingly low demand for plasma TVs in general.

The company now says it will "concentrate its resources on growing its energy and materials businesses." In addition, SDI is expected to ramp up LED and 4K TV production, the latter of which is growing in popularity as prices fall.

From all the major OEMs, only LG now remains in the plasma business, as Sony, Sharp and now Samsung have all dropped out in the past years.

Source:
Reuters

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7 user comments

15.7.2014 19:07

Have been waiting for the day plasmas no longer are produced...they were great but not anymore...

25.7.2014 20:46

Originally posted by A5J4DX:
Have been waiting for the day plasmas no longer are produced...they were great but not anymore...
Waiting for the day? How are plasmas having a detrimental effect on you and keeping you from living life to its fullest? I don't understand.

Joking aside, plasma is still great. The problem isn't that plasma is "bad"; plasma is actually better when it comes to true-to-life colors and blacks, and has better viewing angles. The problem is that there are just too many cheap junk lcd's being dumped on the market. People don't know the difference or just don't care. They see the super bright, over saturated colors and think that's how tv is suppose to be.


36.7.2014 17:30

I still haven't junked my Panasonic Plasma 50in HDTV yet =]

47.7.2014 4:27

Originally posted by PraisesToAllah:
I still haven't junked my Panasonic Plasma 50in HDTV yet =]
Same here.

Got the first Pana 1080p 50" Plaz. Still going strong. Love it.



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Its a lot easier being righteous than right.


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510.7.2014 14:42

RIP plasma!

RIP to the darkest of darks!

611.7.2014 19:30

Originally posted by bhetrick:
Originally posted by A5J4DX:
Have been waiting for the day plasmas no longer are produced...they were great but not anymore...
Waiting for the day? How are plasmas having a detrimental effect on you and keeping you from living life to its fullest? I don't understand.

Joking aside, plasma is still great. The problem isn't that plasma is "bad"; plasma is actually better when it comes to true-to-life colors and blacks, and has better viewing angles. The problem is that there are just too many cheap junk lcd's being dumped on the market. People don't know the difference or just don't care. They see the super bright, over saturated colors and think that's how tv is suppose to be.


Also it's basically impossible to make 4K Plasma and as stated with over-saturation of LCDs and now with OLEDs coming unfortunately plasma has lost it's place in the market. As an only plasma owner, no LCD TVs for me, it's a sad day. I may have to buy a Samsung plasma to keep an extra around for longevity but I think I'll just stick with my Panasonic. Too bad Pioneer stopped the Kuro so quickly.

714.7.2014 2:12

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Originally posted by Chroma45:
Originally posted by bhetrick:
Originally posted by A5J4DX:
Have been waiting for the day plasmas no longer are produced...they were great but not anymore...
Waiting for the day? How are plasmas having a detrimental effect on you and keeping you from living life to its fullest? I don't understand.

Joking aside, plasma is still great. The problem isn't that plasma is "bad"; plasma is actually better when it comes to true-to-life colors and blacks, and has better viewing angles. The problem is that there are just too many cheap junk lcd's being dumped on the market. People don't know the difference or just don't care. They see the super bright, over saturated colors and think that's how tv is suppose to be.


Also it's basically impossible to make 4K Plasma and as stated with over-saturation of LCDs and now with OLEDs coming unfortunately plasma has lost it's place in the market. As an only plasma owner, no LCD TVs for me, it's a sad day. I may have to buy a Samsung plasma to keep an extra around for longevity but I think I'll just stick with my Panasonic. Too bad Pioneer stopped the Kuro so quickly.
On the plus side, Panny bought the Kuro technology, and its latest plasmas actually managed to improve in it.

I will truly miss the response, fidelity, depths, and versatility of plasmas. Couldn't keep up with the high saturation of a wall of sun facing windows, but dominated, and for a much lower price, in a light controlled environment.

The march to mediocrity pushes ever steadily forth.

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