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Are Plasma TVs Going Out of Business?
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (March 19, 2013) - Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to swann@tvpredictions.com

Q. My friend is a TV nut, meaning he knows a lot about TVs. He keeps telling me to buy a Plasma set because it has the best picture. But I read at your site that Panasonic may exit the Plasma business so I'm a little nervous. What do you think? Is Plasma going out of business? -- David, Forestville, Maryland.

David, you're right. Panasonic, which is having financial issues, is reviewing its Plasma TV business and may actually stop making Plasma sets in the next few years. The reason: Plasma sales have been just so-so in the last few years as consumers have gravitated towards new LED and LCD sets.

Now, that said, in my view, the Plasma TV still offers the best picture on the market, particularly when viewed in a darkened room. The set displays deeper blacks and more vivid colors than the LCD or LED models. (
See:
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Of course, I have to qualify that statement. Many HD fans think the LCD and/or LED set does a better job in a well-lit room and I wouldn't disagree. But I tend to watch TV in dimly lit rooms so I am partial to Plasmas.



As for the Plasma going away, Panasonic is not the only manufacturer in the category, although it is the leader. But you can find Plasmas from Samsung and LG and a few others. And so long as sales don't get worse, they will probably continue making them for the foreseeable future. And Panasonic itself hasn't made any final decisions.

Bottom line: The Plasma TV isn't going anywhere anytime soon. And even if it were, it wouldn't affect your purchase of a Plasma TV today. Purchased from a top brand like Panasonic, LG or Samsung, the Plasma TV would give you an outstanding picture for years to come, regardless of what happens to the business as a whole.

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