Two new HDTVs are now shipping from LG that include built-in Netflix capabilities. The 47LH50 (SRP: $2,100) 47-inch LCD and 50PS80 (SRP: $2,100) 50-inch plasma include software that accesses Netflix video streaming services without the need for any external box, only an internet connection. Both TVs are 1080p Full HD.
The newest plasma TVs from Samsung are going to be getting thinner – the full HD 850 PAVV is a 50-inch plasma being called “finger slim” and measuring only 29mm in thickness. It also weighs 20% less than previous generation PDPs from Samsung, and is 40% more power efficient.
DisplaySearch’s study on the fate of plasma HDTVs paints a bleak picture. Year-over-year, shipments have dropped 22% to less than 2.8 million in the first quarter of 2009, while quarter-to-quarter numbers showed a drop of 28%. The plasma industry saw Pioneer and Vizio bow out earlier this year, discontinuing production in favor of LCD and other technology.
The California Energy Commission is mulling over a proposal aimed at reducing greenhouse gases. The crux of the argument? By eliminating non-energy efficient HDTVs, there will be less pressure on the energy grid and ultimately less greenhouse gas.