I know you mentioned in the editorial that the screens were running 60hz so you couldn't check the 50hz bug but I'm quite surprised you didn't ask about it in the interviews? Before green blobs became the issue this was pretty much the biggest issue and something I remember Phil raising on his Japan factory trip. If they haven't fixed it I think that's very,very poor indeed.
It's pure conjecture on my part but based upon what I've seen and reading between the lines of what the manufacturers have said, I think they'll be gone in five years.
Do the new models have fans?
Also, what happened to the pioneer tech where the blacks were so good that you could not tell if the tv was on in a dark room! I though Panasonic were developing the same thing?
have two questions that I think everyone could be interested in if that's all right? They both relate subjectively to Panasonic's strategic thinking and the first relates to whether you think that their quest for ever larger panel size has now reached it's zenith and if so what the main influencing factors are.
My second question is a bit longer and relates to OLED and further forward to quantum dot technology (trillions of local dimming areas). I have in mind a Breakfast TV programme from around twenty years ago when some bods from Victoria University of Manchester had some glow-worms in a tank. Although they were mainly discussing the difficulty of patenting nature's little light bulbs, the unique selling point, they forecast, was the cheapness of production - so cheap that the wallpaper companies would be at the forefront of production and distribution. Is the production of OLED expected to be so inexpensive and the profits potentially so enormous that they could eclipse the payback period on that brand new plasma facility at Amagasaki?
To be honest the 50Hz bug was far less of an issue last year, barely noticeable on the VT30 and completely absent from the VX300; so I don't expect it to be an issue with this year's higher end plasmas.
Well on their pro side they've managed to do 152", 103" and 85" screen sizes so clearly there is room for larger screen sizes on the consumer side. In fact Sharp have 70 and 80" screens and LG's 4K screen is 84" but I guess the limiting factor is actually being able to get the screen in the door and there comes a point where it is more sensible (and cheaper) to buy a projector.
Well I'm not sure about the glow-worms but more recent firefly technology has definitely paid off!
Just kidding but in answer to your question OLED is very expensive to make so I doubt the manufacturers will be making enormous profits any time soon.
I expected Panasonic to introduce a panel larger than 65" to match the recent products from Sharp and LG and wondered why instead they left them to it.