Having cancelled my Hitachi 6600 after seeing the screen burn on my mate's brand new Hitachi , I was quite determined to take the LCD route... but after spending the last two days visiting Comet, Dixons, and the Sony Centre looking specifically at LCDs... I'm not convinced I really want an LCD, the picture quality is just nowhere near as good as what I'm after. So I find myself back to square one again - looking for a new plasma.. While I was at Comet, I happened to come across a Panasonic engineer (who happened to be at the store, to calibrate the PV500) and after telling him about my worries about screen burn with plasma, he went on to tell me that the new Panasonic Viera plasmas are not nearly or almost, but have the same level of resistance to screen burn as a CRT television. He mentioned some kind of testing they did with the 42PE50 with static images being left for long hours and there was only temporary retention of the image - which would fade away after 10 mins of normal viewing but no case of screen burn. In his words "while I do think there's a real problem with screen burn out there if you get plasmas from lesser makes, but with a Panasonic G8 panel you can relax and just use it as a normal television without any worry how long you have the same channel on for, screen burn is not an issue - put it this way, even if you want to screen burn it deliberately, it will take quite a bit of effort!" Reassuring words, I must say.. and I also know that i've read similar comments about screen burn resistance for the Panasonics on here ---- so now I'm seriously thinking abt getting a Panny.. probably the 42PE50. I would appreciate if any owners of the Panasonic plasmas can tell me if you have ever seen or experienced any screen burn (or image retention) ? Also I was told by the Panasonic engineer that there is likely to be a new range of Panasonic Viera coming out in the next couple of months or so - in time for Christmas, so I'm wondering whether it might be a good idea to wait for those... anyone aware of any details of the upcoming Vieras ? Ideally I do want a High Definition panel and would go for the PV500 - but I have read about the 'faults' other ppl have experienced with this set and also I know one or two ppl have had screen burn on the PV500 on here.. so that has me a little hesitant. I'm assuming the next range of Viera will be even more screen burn resistant.. and will be HD ready, so might well be worth waiting for..