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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Panasonic to stop making Plasma TVs early in 2014

According to Reuters, Panasonic will be closing the doors on their remaining Plasma TV plant and reassigning workers to other product divisions.

LCD television technology has outstripped Plasma, and the Plasma is no longer the highly desired television it once was. (It’s also no longer profitable to make them).

In the future, Panasonic will be focusing on OLED as one of it’s big products. Panasonic OLED’s are said to have high contrast and deep blacks, which are two of the main advantages of Plasma over LCD televisions.

If you’d like to read a little more about this, follow this link:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/09/us-panasonic-plasmatv-idUSBRE99801720131009?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 9:25 AM
Categories: LCD, OLED, Panasonic, Television, TV

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

LG 55" OLED TV with a curved screen, for only $13,500

Whomp!

That’s my jaw hitting the floor. I can’t imagine paying that much for a TV.

But they’re apparently pretty awesome.

They’re curved to provide an IMAX like theatre experience (I guess).

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 11:28 AM
Categories: LCD, LG, OLED, Television

What if they stopped making Plasma TVs?

Would it affect you if they stopped making plasma TVs?

Major players in the TV market like Samsung and LG have eased back on mid-range plasma production, leaving the field to Panasonic, but Panasonic keeps dropping hints that they won’t make Plasma TVs forever (and then taking it back).

What’s the next big TV advancement? OLED? That’s years away per analysts.

Does it matter? Can picture quality get that much better than it is now? (I mean, would it be so much better that a regular person like you or me would even notice?).

Thoughts like these are discussed in the following article. If you’re a serious video enthusiast, check it out:  http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-33199_7-57579313-221/the-end-of-plasma/

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 10:43 AM
Categories: LG, OLED, Panasonic, Samsung, Television

Thursday, April 11, 2013

A quick video explains the difference between LCD, LED, Plasma and OLED televisions.

"The Difference Between LCD, LED, Plasma, and OLED TVs, Explained as Fast as Possible"

Check out the video here: http://feedly.com/k/Zlvc92

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 7:11 PM
Categories: LCD, OLED, Television

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Sony and Panasonic might team up to make OLEDs, and prices may fall quicker

This is just in the discussion phase, but these two long-time rivals might be considering this desperate measure to combat Korea's dominance in the television market, and to prevent them from being left behind in the burgeoning OLED market.

Hopefully this won't lead to more losses due to underpriced products, but the consumer will win either way (at least in the short term).

Read more here: http://www.digitaltrends.com/home-theater/unexpected-sony-and-panasonic-partnership-could-see-the-price-of-oled-tvs-quickly-fall/

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 5:28 PM
Categories: LED TV, LG, OLED, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, Televisions

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Hilarious article title includes "Asian giants wrestle"

I would post this article because of the content about televisions and the new OLED, and also because of the references to several brands that we service like LG, Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba and Sharp.

But it's the title of the article that I keep enjoying:

"Analysis: As technology shifts, Asian giants wrestle for TV control"

For someone with my imagination, I am picturing giant asians wrestling over a huge remote control, and hopefully now you are, too.

P.S. It's a very informative article on the subject.

Enjoy: Analysis: As technology shifts, Asian giants wrestle for TV control

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 4:23 PM
Categories: LCD, LG, OLED, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Televisions, Toshiba

Samsung OLED HDTVs on the way this year

Per Samsung Electronics, they will begin to sell OLED HDTVs in the latter half of the year... first in South Korea then expanding to the world.

They will cost twice what an LCD costs, be a lot thinner and lighter, and have a sharper picture.

If you need thin and high end, then this is the way to go right now.

Read the article: http://www.dealerscope.com/article/samsung-oled-tvs-on-way/1

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 10:42 AM
Categories: OLED, Samsung, Televisions

LG accounces plan to sell new OLED TVs for $9000

These are going to be much thinner than current LCDs as they do not require a backlight, and they have sharper images than LCD televisions.

It's a higher price than expected, but every TV manufacturer is finally coming to the stark realization that competition and low pricing has lead to record losses for the industry. (That and the fact that production costs for these TVs are much higher).

Frankly, I would rather buy a television that will last, can be repaired, and will have reasonably priced parts from the manufacturer, but that's just me.

Read the article: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-05-11/lg-said-to-plan-selling-oled-tvs-for-more-than-9-000-in-u-dot-s-dot

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 10:19 AM
Categories: LG, OLED, Televisions

Monday, April 16, 2012

Flat screen TVs are *not* disposable!

I just ran the numbers on our historical records for out-of-warranty TV repairs, and got some surprising results.

It turns out that we are fixing half a percent *more* of flat screens than we are older tube-type televisions (including DLP projection units). (These numbers are a percentage of repaired units out of the total of units upon which a repair is attempted, versus those that were not repaired).

By that I mean, we're able to repair an almost identical percentage of the newer flat screens as all other TVs and even compared to all other electronics (not including microwaves).

What does that mean? It means do not throw away your flat screen because someone tells you it's not worth fixing, unless they are with a certified television repair service. You may be throwing away money, and adding even more volume to our overflowing landfills.

Hey, it's worth asking a servicer right?

(Of course, if your plasma, lcd, or led screen is physically damaged, the rate of successful repair drops dramatically due to the high cost of the parts).

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 11:14 AM
Edited on: Monday, April 16, 2012 3:27 PM
Categories: LCD, OLED, Plasma TV, Televisions

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

LG's 55 inch OLED to launch in May for just under $8,000

That's a lot of TV, for quite a few coins. Apparently, it's worth it, if you're the kind of person that must have the biggest, newest, etc. Reviews have given this TV high marks.

Read more here: http://www.theverge.com/2012/3/27/2905491/lg-55-inch-oled-tv-price-release-date

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 5:15 PM
Categories: LG, OLED, Televisions

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Samsung going OLED, spinning off LCD production

Samsung, Sony, Panasonic and Sharp have all experienced losses in the LCD production market.

With LCD sales dramatically flagging, and stiff competition from Chinese manufacturers, Samsung plans to concentrate on the newest TV technology, OLED.

Read more here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/20/us-samsung-idUSTRE81J05L20120220?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reuters%2FtechnologyNews+%28News+%2F+US+%2F+Technology%29

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 7:58 AM
Edited on: Wednesday, March 07, 2012 3:58 PM
Categories: LCD, OLED, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Televisions