chirravu said: Update Now:
1) EPP Price went up to 899 + tax
2) Most if not all 60" models are back-ordered, but expect Panasonic to receive shipment in next week or two
3) Add 2-3 days for shipping to be ordered after step 2, and add 8-10 business days for Delivery to occur
4) The rep says image/picture clarity should be very good and NOT be much different from other higher end models such as ST, UT, GT or VT series. Obviously do not expect smartness in this TV, nor the 3D! (Rep may not exactly authority on TV quality assessment, but an internal person should have some/better clue than average Joe).
BTW, my Roku/TiVo will continue to enhance the power of my TV's Smart-O-Meter guts. I like smart-components as an outside attachment (Roku etc) rather than built-in. 3-4 years from now who knows what all will change on Net/Streaming Apps/devices. A (current) Smart TV can't be updated for a new app 3-4 years from now, where as I'be happy to throw $49-$99 for a Roku and such., be happy with latest future smarts ..
Good Ole' Consumer magazine rated ST/GT/VT models - and rated these very well particularly on image/picture quality. Hoping this model stays on-par with those higher end models.
So for folks who ordered earlier are lucky, do NOT cancel the order (or else expect to pay lot more!), wait a week or two to start hearing clear details on shipment (don't set a date for throwing your new HDTV party yet)
1. Sorry to inform you, but as the last PDP panel manufacturer have ceased production Plasma is a now officially a dead technology. The CEA has predicted prices will continue to decrease through the early next year as Matsushita liquidates their remaining PDP panel inventories. There have already been several sub $800 deals on 60" plasmas here on FW in the past 6 months and they will become more frequent as inventory is liquidated.
2. Panasonic has certainly been a top brand TV in the past decade and they have made some awesome plasma TVs during that time. However, their market share has dwindled to a measly 5% and their quality is now being sacrificed. Unlike other major brands Panasonic was slow to adopt LCD technologies and now they have years of catching up to get back in the game.
3. Unlike when they were first introduced a few years ago adding smart guts in a TVs now adds very little to the actual street selling price vs a dumb TV. Plus most smart TVs run some version of Android or Java based OS so their ability to be updated in the future is far more likely than your Roku so one again you are wrong. In fact, unlike your Roku Samsung's support for their smart hub service has been constantly growing as they constantly add new services and features. Your Roku on the other hand can only do a few basic streaming tasks and cannot upgrade to the extent that the onboard computers that Smart TV now have. Your Roku will be obsolete long before a smart TV's OS is no longer supported. Also your 4-5 year plan to simply buy an updated external smart TV/streaming device to use with your existing TV is a myth. You will also need to purchase a new TV to take advantage of new technologies those external smart TV and streaming devices will support such as concurrent streams and 4K and 8K panel technologies. I have no problem with a Roku but they are very limited in functionality vs a Smart TV even today. 5 years from now your Roku will look like crap on one of those 4K sets and besides given my personal experience with them it will likely be in the trash long before then.