I don't think we are out of the woods yet.
Go look at this and the original Verge link.
1. The reported killing of R&D was attributed to "Panasonic Display VP Kiyoshi Okamoto", plus the rumours have been so consistent over the past few months that even the Nikkei further fuelled the rumour.
2. Now look at this "rumour burying piece", it is attributed to "merchandising VP Henry Hauser". Who the heck is he? He is more marketing than the other VP who should be closer to product development.
There has been more than 1 "source" out there that supports #1. I don't see any other sources substantiating #2. This may mean the people in Japan made the decision, someone here in the US doesn't quite know about it and try to spin his way out of the tough question. Or, it may mean the decision is still not final and the camps are split fairly evenly, with heavy debates going on in a very undecided company. Based on how much financial trouble Panasonic is in, this kind of undecisive-ness is bad for business. The problem for outside observers is, are the plasma TV lines profitable? If it is not that profitable, then there is a good chance they will kill it given their situation. I believe this may be the case unfortunately. A company in this situation would have almost no choice but to kill these money drainers, simple P&L. They can't be like "the quality is so good, it will get better as more people know about it", they don't have that kind of time to wait for a turnaround.
Now, if like the CEO comes out and officially squash the rumour, and/or fire the VP who "lied about" having killed plasmas, that will be a different story. Then again, how often do we see companies flip-flop on their positions? Very often.
If and when the final confirmation comes to kill off plasmas, it will indeed be a sad day. Mass availability and adoption of OLED tech is still a few years out. At this point it is still too expensive and they have to solve the "blues".
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