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Since January two TV manufacturers, Pioneer Corp. and Vizio Inc. announced they stopped the production of plasma TVs. They assess the plasma TV was not able to compete with the newer technology of LCD TVs.

For the consumer it as bargaining power. According to research firm DisplaySearch, the price of 50-inch plasma TV to U.S. $ 200 to U.S. $ 300 cheaper than the same size LCD TVs. On average, cost 50-inch plasma TV around U.S. $ 1200 compared to U.S. $ 1,500 for LCD TV size samaa. That is a big price reduction for plasma TV, where five years ago the average cost 30% more expensive than LCD TV.

Plasma TV sales has advantages compared to LCD TVs for image quality and size. But consumers who decide to buy a plasma TV will be against the mainstream.

In 2008, as many as 30 million LCD TVs sold in North America compared to a plasma TV is only four million units. According to DisplaySearch will continue the trend in recent years and both the gulf widened.

Plasma TV is selected as the superior picture quality and tend to have more wide angle of vision. However, LCD manufacturers have managed to solve this problem.

LCD TV is now able to increase the refresh ratenya be 240 hertz, compared to a few years ago in which new technology is limited to 60 hertz. This refresh rate is the number of times an image is displayed on the screen. The higher the refresh rate, meaning higher quality.

LCD also been successful in increasing the contrast ratio, which is a measure of contrast between the brightest image and darkest. Riddhi Patel, an analyst at iSuppli calls, LCD TV makers are well managed to increase marketingnya cause greater consumer adoption.

But that does not mean that the plasma TV will soon enter the grave technologies like Betamax which failed in the era of video-tape. Some companies such as Samsung and Panasonic continues to persist to produce a large plasma TV as well as improve the quality of plasma TVs.

Steve Panosian, Director Marketing Nokia says the latest plasma TV models have no problems in image quality, such as burn in which the specter of plasma TV a few years ago. In addition manufacturers are also reducing the power needs plasma TVs, and weight.

Two years ago 50-inch plasma TV Samsung electricity needs of more than 500 watts and weighs 150 pounds. Plasma TV now only needs about 265 watts of electricity and weighs 72 pounds. While LCD TV takes an average of 213 watts of electricity.

For many years consumers had complained about two problems. "We continue to invest not only in manufacturing but also innovation," said Panosian. He said Samsung insists on maintaining plasma TV because the technology is cheaper to produce, especially for TV size larger than the LCD.

Robert Perry, Executive Vice President Panasonic said the company has a plant valued at U.S. $ 3 billion in Amagasaki, Japan to make plasma TVs. He said the Panasonic has various agreements with other TV brands to produce a plasma TV and has a strong business. "Plasma is the technology most likely," he asserted.