There is potentially a lot going on between these modes, and learning what they're doing can help you find what the best mode is for you. … Read more
UPP, or Unilateral Pricing Policy, is a way for TV manufacturers to force retailers to keep manufacturer-specified pricing. As in no crazy discounts to move stock, no doorbuster deals, and no (let's be honest here) price competition. The price is the price is the price. Break that price, and you risk that company banning you from selling its products.
Shockingly, this is legal. Read on for more info.… Read more
That's the term for the delay, in milliseconds, between a TV receiving a signal and the results of that signal appearing on the screen. Those milliseconds are irrelevant for TV shows and movies, and they don't even matter for most games -- the majority of gamers probably wouldn't even notice if their TV was laggy. But if you're an attentive, skilled gamer, especially one who plays "twitch" games like Call of Duty, Halo, or fighting games, especially in online multiplayer environments, input lag can mean the difference between virtual life and death.
CNET just started testing for input lag this year, and so far we've corralled a bunch of 2013 TVs. Here are the best five TV so far, plus one projector, in ascending order of lag in Game mode -- or the least laggy picture mode, if Game isn't an option. For reference, we grade under 40ms of lag as Good, 40 to 70 as Average, and more than 70 as Poor.
Update, November 11, 2013: Since we last updated this roundup, no TV has cracked the Top 5. In response to reader demand, however, I posted a table at the end of the article that gathers the lag scores of every TV and projector we've tested so far. It will be updated periodically.
Panasonic plasma is dead. I'd like to take a moment for everyone to express their feelings at its passing.
Next March, Panasonic "will end sales of plasma TVs for consumer use and PDP-related products for commercial use," in the company's own words. They've been CNET's favorite TVs for years, and we're not alone.
Other reviewers, editors, consultants, calibrators, engineers and picture quality aficionados of every stripe have studied, designed, lauded, picked apart, recommended, purchased for themselves and/or enjoyed countless hours watching a Panasonic plasma.
I asked a few industry experts, many of … Read more
Now the most common question I get from readers is, "Should I buy a Panasonic plasma now?" My answer in general is almost always "yes," and now that I know they're going to be extinct soon, it's "YES!"… Read more
Panasonic is throwing in the towel on plasma TVs.
The electronics giant announced on Thursday that it will stop manufacturing plasma TV panels as of December. Production of the panels has ended completely at one factory and is currently stalled at a second factory. Business operations at these two factories and at a third factory will conclude by the end of March 2014.
Panasonic also said it will stop selling plasma TVs to consumers by next March, which will mark the close of its current fiscal year.
In its decision, the company cited the weakening demand for plasma displays in … Read more
Currently, there are over two dozen Ultra HD "4K" big-screen displays available or imminently available. The problem is, only one TV and two projectors are fully compatible with the upcoming HDMI 2.0 standard.
So we asked all the companies making 4K TVs, what's their planned path for upgradability to the new standard?… Read more
It's no secret that we at CNET, along with most other TV reviewers who pay attention to picture quality, love Panasonic plasmas. Just look at our current "Best TVs" list. The top four are all plasma TVs made by Panasonic.
Panasonic's days in the plasma TV market appear to be numbered.
In a long-rumored move, the Japanese electronics giant is planning to exit the market by March 2014 when its current fiscal year comes to an end, sources familiar with the situation told Reuters. That Panasonic was contemplating a departure from the market was first reported by the Japan-based newspaper Nikkei in March, but this reported timetable is sooner than some analysts had expected.
CNET has contacted Panasonic for comment and will update this report when we learn more. The company told Reuters that it was still exploring its … Read more