Is Plasma TV Dead?

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Plasma TVs: 1997 - 2015

Gone But Not Forgotten



Early Life

Plasma TVs, a groundbreaking television technology developed in 1992 and released for sale to the public in 1997, has passed into the annals of consumer electronic history. With LG being the final manufacturer to announce the halting of production late last year, new sets are no longer available for sale. Leading TV manufacturers have chosen to focus on thinner more energy efficient technologies including LED and OLED televisions.

Paving The Way

HDTVs helped lead the way for the development of newer, cutting edge displays and helped revolutionized consumer electronics for more than a decade. Early on, however, they were plagued by fear and misinformation regarding panel life and maintenance. Even now, false rumors still circulate that the screens burn out after a few years or the plasma has to be re-charged every so often as it may leak out. Despite being outsold by LCD TVs in 2006, Plasma screens still had a superior contrast ratio and zero screen lag compared with liquid crystal displays. Ultimately, buyers preferred the sleeker body style of LED and OLED to the larger and heavier plasma display.

Plasma televisions are survived by LCD, LED and OLED TVs.

On The Bright Side . . .

Luckily, there are many great TVs on the market to choose from. For a HDTV with equivalent contrast, viewing angles and zero screen lag, be sure to check out OLED TVs. These cutting edge panels are significantly thinner than plasma and are much more energy efficient. Because the technology is still being developed, the price tag is still more than similarly sized LED sets but the overall picture is superior.