About a week ago it was confirmed that Pioneer was killing off its 42-inch plasmas to focus on sets bigger than 50 inches. Now Japan's Nikkei and Reuters are reporting that they're going to cease making plasma panels entirely, and will buy them from Matsushita (Panasonic). This follows a similar consolidation trend in the LCD market. But none of them went from putting out the best TVs in the world to effectively buying their heart and soul from their fiercest rival, either, which makes this a bit more shocking. [Reuters]
@konakazi: Who cares if it "takes over the marketplace"? Seriously. Is there any program/media that a plasma cannot play that an LCD can? NO. It's just there to display. You don't need a support group for TVs/monitors - you don't need to buy media.
I mentioned somewhere I had a Plasma. First responce was 'I thought those were recalled for burn in', second was 'LCD is so much better'. Both false statements, but again, the snobbery of technology.