Don't you just love lawsuits? It looks like Pioneer is going after Samsung for Patent infringements. According to News.com:
Japan's Pioneer has filed suit in the United States against Samsung SDI and Samsung Electronics for what it says are patent violations of its plasma display-panel technology.
South Korea's Samsung SDI, the world's top plasma display-panel maker, said it plans to file a countersuit, although no date has been set.
Pioneer's move, announced Monday, is the latest in a series of intellectual property suits and countersuits between Japanese companies and their Asian rivals as they seek to maintain a technological edge.
The article continues:
Pioneer is asking for a court order to stop Samsung SDI's sales of plasma display panels and compensation for alleged violations of a patent for electrode configuration boosting display quality and another patent for a manufacturing step that increases display brightness.
The problem with these types of lawsuits is they're awful expensive and of course we know someone has to pay. Betcha it won't be the lawyers!
Aren't women cool! According to an article at FoxNews, girls dig electronics more than we ever knew and it appears they really have a passion for Plasma TVs. According to the report:
Diamonds are no longer a girl's best friend, according to a new U.S. study that found three of four women would prefer a new plasma TV to a diamond necklace.
The survey, commissioned by cable television's Oxygen Network, which is owned and operated by women, found the technology gender gap has virtually closed, with the majority of women snapping up new technology and using it easily.
The article states:
The study found 77 percent of women surveyed would prefer a new plasma television to a diamond solitaire necklace and 56 percent would opt for a new plasma TV over a weekend vacation in Florida.
In fact the article states that women are becoming all-around geeks:
Women were found on average to own 6.6 technology devices while men own 6.9, and four out of every five women felt comfortable using technology, with 46 percent doing their own computer trouble-shooting.
So you heard it guys, go buy your women a new Plasma TV for her birthday. If she gets mad, just tell her the media told you to do it.
When you have to reinforce your walls to hold your big-ass TV, that's livin'. According to Reuters:
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., the maker of Panasonic brand electronics, said on Monday it hoped to start selling the world's largest plasma television by early next year.
Measuring 2.4 metres by 1.4 metres and weighing 215 kg, the 103-inch panel is bigger than a double-sized mattress and almost as heavy as an upright piano.
The world's largest consumer electronics maker has yet to set the price but Matsushita's 65-inch plasma TVs, its largest available now, sell for about $7,500 in Japan.
The plasma panel used in the Matsushita TV will be just one-inch larger measured diagonally than a 102-inch model developed by Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. (006400.KS: Quote, Profile, Research). The South Korean company has not launched the model commercially.
For you non-metric types, over 450 freakin pounds for a TV. Yowza! Since this baby will probably run close to $20,000, I'm not going to worry about reinforcing that wall just yet.
Think $3000 or $4000 is too much to spend on a Plasma TV? Then you may want to stay away from the LG MW-71PY10, a 71-inch plasma than runs just under $60,000. Wow! Guess I'm gonna have to win a few more craps games.
The funny thing is you can buy the LG MW-71PY10 online with a shipping cost of $699. Anyway, if you got lots of money to burn, check it out.
Looking for a new and cool TV for Dad but you haven't won the lottery yet? Well, VIZIO has announced some great deals on a cool line of Plasma TVs. According to their press release:
VIZIO ANNOUNCES BREAKTHROUGH FATHER'S DAY PRICES ON HD PLASMAS AND LCD TV
Award Winning 50" Plasma Hits $1,999 Price Point
VIZIO 42" Plasma Hits $1,499 Every-Day Price Point
32" LCD Leads with Super-Value $899 HDTV
VIZIO is now the Fastest Growing Plasma Brand
Here's a peek at those TVs:
VIZIO 50" Plasma
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The VIZIO P50HDM employs 1366 x 768 native resolution, 1,000 cd/m2 brightness and Faroudja DCDi motion-adaptive de-interlacing to deliver vibrant, rich images in 231 billion different colors. The P50HDM's video processor features Single Scan Technology for a 10,000:1 contrast ratio, reduced solarization and false contouring-along with improved sharpness, non-linear chroma enhancement, closed color suppression, non-linear scaling and adaptive contrast/color controls. It's array of video connections includes two dedicated HDMI inputs, a VGA-type PC input and two component video inputs. It also comes with built-in speakers, stand and universal IR remote and is protected with one-year in-home warranty.
The VIZIO P42HDTV takes on the attractive piano-black styling and built-in silver speakers of the P50HDM plasma TV. The 1024 x 768 native resolution widescreen boasts the latest-generation glass with Single Scan Technology for a 10,000:1 contrast ratio, high 1200 cd/m2 brightness and 30 bit, 231 billion colors. Its advanced video processor produces reduced solarization and false contouring while offering sharpness improvement, non-linear chroma enhancement, closed color suppression, non-linear scaling, and adaptive contrast and color controls. The 42" VIZIO features dual tuners, including ATSC off air, clear QAM digital cable and NTSC tuners. It offers PIP/POP, 3:2 pulldown, 3D-comb filter and motion-adaptive de-interlacer. Video connections include two component, HDMI and VGA-type PC (up to 1280 x 1024) inputs along with multiple video settings. It comes with easy-to-setup guide, a universal IR remote control, and a one-year in-home service warranty.
The "super-value" VIZIO L32HDTV LCD offers high definition 1366 x 768 native resolution with fast 8 ms response time plus dual tuners including ATSC off air, clear QAM digital cable and NTSC. It comes with built-in speakers and a universal IR remote control while offering PIP/POP, 3:2 pulldown, 3D-comb filter and motion-adaptive de-interlacer. The component, VGA-type PC and HDMI video inputs along with multiple video settings ensure that it will be in high demand by the entire family. The 32" LCD also comes with an easy-to-setup guide and a one-year in-home service warranty.
Sweet! Those are definitely some pretty nice price points for Plasma and LCD TVs. We've heard some good things about VIZIO TVs and we'll see about getting a a review unit so we can share our opinions with you. If you have any feedback on VIZIO TVs, please share with us in the comments section.
Looking for a big honkin' Plasma TV? You'll want to check out the Fujitsu P63XHA40 63in Plasma TV. We point you to a review from TrustedReviews.com that tells you about the P63XHA40. At this point, the P63XHA40 is available in the UK but not the US. We'll keep you posted if and when it's available in the US.
There’s big, and then there’s Fujitsu’s P63XHA40. This plasma monster measures in with a screen size of 63in, making it one of the biggest flat-screen TVs ever to grace (break?!) UK shop shelves. But as any bloke will tell you, size isn’t everything. So has the P63XHA40 got the quality to match its quantity?
It’s nice to find for starters that Fujitsu has tried to make the P63XHA40 as unobtrusive as anything with a 63in screen can be. The screen’s bezel is exceptionally thin, yet it also feels effortlessly robust, as well as benefiting from a subtle silver finish that sensibly eschews the more aggressive looks favoured by many smaller flat TVs.
Probably the biggest drawback to this TV is:
The P63XHA40’s slender frame hides a dirty secret, though: the set doesn’t come with any speakers. Fujitsu does an optional detachable pair, but these will set you back a couple of hundred notes more, and attaching them to the screen inevitably ups the TV’s dimensions. Still, we suspect many people seriously considering forking out £9k on a screen will probably have or be thinking of getting a separate surround sound audio system anyway.
Overall, this sounds like a pricey but really cool TV.
If you're in the HDTV buying mode, you'll want to check out this decent article from ABCNews.com that gives you some HDTV buying tips:
Dads and grads have one thing in common—they appreciate a reward for a job well done. One gift that is unlikely to be returned or exchanged is a new high-definition TV. The price of HDTVs has never been better, and shopping for a new TV doesn't have to turn into a stress-inducing journey into the bowels of a megastore. Knowledge empowers, and selecting the right HDTV for that special someone requires an understanding of their needs and sticking to your budget.
The article gives a brief synopsis on 5 different HDTV models including:
Panasonic TH-42PX50U ($1999 list)
This affordable 42-inch plasma display performed exceptionally well when displaying standard definition video. Of course, HDTV also looks great on this panel, and the TV's integrated digital tuner offers access to local broadcast channels using a simple antenna. With its simple setup and operation, it is a consumer friendly HDTV at an attractive price.
There's nothing in the article we've haven't told you before, but still a nice refresher if you're thinking about HDTV.
We've talked about how Plasma TV prices keep dropping. Did you know that there's actually a 42 inch Plasma TV on the market that retails for under $1700?CNET has a review that states:
Vizio has hit the new magic price point among high-resolution 42-inch plasmas with its P42HDTV. Despite the rock-bottom price, this plasma offers exactly what most people want in a flat-panel HDTV: a big picture and a 4-inch depth. For critical viewers who like to watch movies with the lights turned low, however, its image quality will be a disappointment, especially compared to that of the company's 50-inch P50HDM. The less-expensive, smaller P42HDTV will serve well as a secondary casual-viewing display in a living room, a family room, or a bedroom, and even with its performance issues, there's no question that it packs a lot of bang for your dollar.
So this Plasma may not be right for super-serious TV viewers, but the P42HDTV looks live a pretty good value for the typical TV viewer.