Samsung SDI has announced that it will shut down plasma panel production by November 30 of this year.
According to multiple reports, including Reuters, the firm said the reason for the shutdown was a decline in overall demand for plasma TVs. A company statement says it will concentrate resources on its energy and materials business.
Since this article was originally published Samsung has provided CNET with the following official statement, confirming the timing of its exit from plasma.
"We plan to continue our PDP TV business until the end of this year, due to changes in market demands. We remain committed to providing consumers with products that meet their needs, and will increase our focus on growth opportunities in UHD TV's and Curved TV's."
Earlier this year, I called the 2013 top TV for picture quality.. That's because the company, despite rumors to the contrary, decided not to release any substantial new plasma models for the 2014 year, and the 8500 remains our
How long the 8500 will remain on sale is still uncertain, but its days are now officially numbered.
Panasoniclast year, to much , leaving the dwindling plasma market to Samsung and LG. Samsung's move to end plasma production was hinted at in January by John Ryu, vice president of Samsung's Visual Display R&D office.
According to another report today from Yonhap News Agency, "Industry watchers say LG Electronics Inc., South Korea's No. 2 tech giant, will also discontinue its PDP business in the near future, noting that it has already converted one of its PDP production lines to make solar batteries."
This article has been updated to reflect Samsung's statement.