Just when it seems that one technological movement has been replaced by another, plasma televisions get a reprieve, and interest in the phosphor gas technology creates a spike in plasma sales. Why is this happening now? Honestly, the LCD utilization of LED-backlighting caused quite a stir and seemed to signal the beginning of the end, but when the 3D craze really took hold, suddenly plasma had a place in the industry.
In addition to the 3D capabilities, the economy may be affecting the sales figures as well. As a general rule, plasma TVs are a bit more affordable than their LED counterparts, and with Samsung scheduled to release the 51-64 inch D8000 models this Spring, there seems to be a resurgence in interest.
Consumer interest in the 3D element is giving the plasma market the ability to get back in the fight and potentially establish themselves as a front-runner once again. Don’t discount the size of the units, as well. Bigger is better, and when plasmas come in no smaller than 42 inches, there’s no doubt that there will be a market. It seemed not long ago that Panasonic was announcing the end of their plasma lines for good. Yet, we find ourselves staring down a new line scheduled for release from Panasonic that should continue to invigorate the interest in the phosphor gas technology.
Because there aren’t any of the hang-ups that some backlit units must deal with, plasma is getting another chance, and with the 3D movement showing no signs of slowing, don’t be surprised if this horse takes the lead down the stretch.
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