According to Japanese business outlet Nikkei, the electronics firm hopes to get out of the plasma biz much sooner than initially thought. Indeed, Panasonic has reportedly already discontinued the development of new plasma TVs and hopes to stop production by the end of fiscal 2013 which is around March of next year.
This leaves Samsung and LG as the sole manufacturers, with little incentive to develop a better product. This year's Panasonic ZT60 is considered pretty much the best tv ever.
OLED is hitting the market as the next big thing, but they have major questions of life expectancy (the color blue fades much faster than other colors) and yield (for every one that works at the factory several don't).