What happened to Plasma Televisions?

In the mid 1990’s the flat panel was introduced to the public and out to market for people who had $20,000-$30,000 to get this new exotic Plasma technology.
I remember the commercials of the TV on a ceiling over a bed thinking how cool!
Now with what we know who the hell would want a 160lb TV 9-12 feet above them when they slept?! Lol certain death for sure.  Who would hang a TV on a ceiling any how? Maybe an asshole?

Plasma TV’s produced the best picture quality.”period” for many, many years until 2013-2014 OLED technology was able to produce high resolutions and larger than 18″ panels.
But it wasn’t OLED that took Plasma down it was the thin light weight LCD/LED panels that did it.
And they never and still have not come close to even matching plasma picture quality. LCD/LED panels not getting close to Plasma is incorrect really they are getting closer but still not there.
a old 2014 Plasma 1080p vs the 2015-16 UHD 4k LCD/LED  still did not match the plasma displays color or picture quality.
Plasma didn’t need 120hz-240hz it just kicked ass naturally and had no picture deterioration during fast moving or action packed scenes like LCD/LED panels did and still do.
Well for the most part the super high end 4k models from Sony & Samsung are okay with fast moving action but still don’t rival or match plasmas picture quality and color.
As of December 2014 the last  plasma factory was closed down by Panasonic who was the Plasma kings.
They have officially moved to LCD/LED & OLED and will be using LG’s LCD & OLED panels.

Which is good they were close to shutting down their TV line completely.
Panasonic makes great products.

But Plasma had the better picture almost reference how did an inferior product like LCD/LED take it down?
Most will say it was poor marketing on Panasonics part, Limited consumer knowledge, falsified info regarding plasma.
The list can go on for a little more. Sure these issues did have an impact on it’s demise.
But I think what killed Plasma was partial consumer ignorance but mostly Plasma’s weight and size.
Today everyone wants small foot print even if they are buying a 70″ TV they want it light and thin. Not to mention Plasma couldn’t compete in the super sized markets of 70″ and up panels.
And even if plasma could give you a 70-80″ TV it would weigh 500lbs.
Even small panels have you ever saw a laptop with a plasma screen?  Or a cellular or tablet?
Smallest plasma could get was 32″ and there weren’t many of them out there.
This is where LCD/LED just whipped the pants off plasma now with the maturity of LCD/LED it’s getting close to plasma picture quality but they keep getting bigger and lighter.

When the consumer see’s LCD on their phones and tablets and computers, laptops this alone is selling LCD technology. And not to mention the fantastic marketing being done for it from huge manufacturers like Sony & Samsung.
Plasma didn’t stand a chance.
Over it’s life span on the market and many generations later the plasma did get a little lighter and a little thinner. But could never compete with LCD on that level.

My own personal issues with plasma were not weight or how thin it was. I always preferred plasma over LCD technology for it picture quality.
But The Burn-in/image retention issues were to hard to ignore.
Later generations claimed to have fixed the issue with image burn or retention but it was just to late by then I had already adopted LCD/LED technology.
In truth I just did not believe they fixed the burn-in issues with shifting.
I had repaired a Vizio 32″ Plasma television they never came back for it so I kept it.
It was a 2009 model which was on it’s 15th or 16th generation panel. Claims that burn-in and retention were a thing of the past with plasma displays.
If I put on a TV show for 30 minutes on TNT or TBS the logo would burn-in on the bottom corner. After an hour or 2 on a different channel with no logo’s and turning the TV off a few times the image would no longer be present.
This was very concerning it indicated to me that if I had decided to watch a week long marathon on one channel like TNT the burn in would be permanent.

If I ever do run into a Plasma display that needs repair that is 2013-1014 model I’m going to put it to the test and do the 30 minute sitcom on TBS.
Willing to bet it gets retention. I don’t care what manufacturer it comes from. Well in 2013-14 only Panasonic was making and releasing Plasma TV’s.

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