Matsushita Too Successful for Its Own Good in Plasma Market?

Matsushita is reporting one its best quarters in over a decade, largely due to its dominance of the plasma screen market, with a third of the marketshare. LG (number 2), and Samsung, on the other hand, both reported losses. Good for Matsushita, right? Well if LG and Samsung pull a Sony—that is, out of plasma—with only Panasonic left in the game, plasma's going to look like the HD stepchild that nobody loves (it already kind of does).

Matsushita's not unaware of the uphill battle, so it's been pimping plasma whenever it can. At the press conference announcing its earnings, reporters were treated to an abbreviated version of the presentation we were tortured with at CES. If that's the best they've got, they need a new plan, and fast.

Matsushita's Wary Plasma Dominance [BusinessWeek]