Our plasmas last for 42 years, claims Panasonic
Pass a plasma from generation to generation
If you’ve always steered clear of plasma TVs because you think their average lifetime isn’t great, then think again. One manufacturer has claimed that its plasma TVs at least will last for over 42 years.
That picture won't look so bright in 43 years' time
Panasonic has stated that its 2008 line-up of 1080p Viera plasma HD TVs are “rated to last 100,000 hours” before reaching half their original brightness - the industry standard measure of screen longevity.
The firm said that if one of its plasma tellies were used for an average of six-and-a-half hours each day, then it’d take more than 42 years for the set to reach half-brightness.
Robert Perry, a senior VP with Panasonic's display division, claimed there’s been a lot of misinformation circulating about plasma HD TVs and their longevity.
“We're happy to once again set the record straight on the durability of Panasonic plasma,” he said.
If Perry’s comments have convinced you to buy one of its plasma screens, you still need to choose carefully. Because although the firm’s 20008 1080p Viera line is rated to last 100,000 hours, Panasonic’s two 720p Viera plasma HD TVs are only expected to last 60,000 hours - over 25 years - before they reach half their original brightness.
its better then the average 6months
you get back in the day with all tube tv`s. with them on 24/7
The real question
Although it might take 100,000 hours to reach half brightness, the real question is do all colours degrade equally? It only takes one colour degrading by a few percent more than the others to give an unwatchable colour cast, even though the overall brightness is hardly affected.
Just phoned Panasonic re this important statement to establish what their new Guarantee would be.
But what a disappointment STILL ONLY ONE YEAR cannot put their money where their mouth is.
Also note NO WATTAGE OR CURRENT CONSUMPTION FOR Panasonic PLASMA on their web site so here it is 42" 370watt 46" 480watt.
Latest Samsung 46" 220watt WHAT A DIFFERENCE NO WONDER IT IS NOT ON THEIR WEB SITE.
WHEN IS LARGE SCREEN TV'S GOING TO HAVE A ELECTRICAL STAR RATING THEY NOW CONSUME MORE POWER THAN THE AVERAGE WASHING MACHINE!
Back in Holland
I hope when I am old and Gray, 43 years in the future I might get that ol' retro feeling hooking up this heavy piece of equipment and just watch the white noise as there won't be anything remotely resembling anything that could be hooked up to it!
Paris, cause in 43 years she will have lost all connection too.
Why why why.
Who in their right mind is going to get 43 years of use out of it? Sure the actual unit might get 43 years of life in the gas world but do you honestly think the unit is going to be in use for 43 years?
More quality now please. Not in 43 years time.