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RE: Plasma TV

You should know that Panasonic NEVER used the plasma technology that made Kuros unique. It was deemed too expensive [note Pio's success in the plasma biz... :)].

It was chemistry, not electronics, probably physics too, but mostly chemistry. We don't even know if Panasonic got the patent rights to use it, since it was never specifically stated AFAIK, no real point in acquiring something you won't use, but who knows how they think.

IIRC there were only 3 companies that ever made panels. Pioneer was an extremely small company in the display biz. Far far smaller than their reputation might make you think. No way they could afford their own panel factory. Just like 99% of American electronics "manufacturers"/brands can't afford their own factory. Doesn't mean much, you farm out work to people who can do it.

Edit: doh!, forgot my main point. What all us plasma lovers were looking forward to was Panasonic using this Pioneer chemistry in their subsequent models, and moving it far forward. But the writing was on the wall, LCD was cheaper, was well-marketed due to its greater affordability, and did have some "green" and size (thickness) advantages that were also promoted. Quality has never been a mass-market selling point, product looks will trump it there every time.

Edits: 02/16/16

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