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AVRevForum.com 12-28-2007 04:36 PM

Fujitsu to Cease Making HDTVs by End of March 2008
 
Draw another chalk outline around a video company who couldn’t compete in the commodity driven world of video displays. Today, Japan’s Fujitsu announced they would cease selling their high-end plasma HDTVs effective March 2008. The company, in a written statement says it will return to their core businesses, which include heating and ventilation, and would still make displays for the medical industry but would no longer make or market plasma HDTVs for consumer consumption.

Fujitsu’s move comes as prices for flat HDTVs are dropping faster than home values in many American neighborhoods this holiday season. Consumers struggle to understand how an added value brand like Fujistu can demand as much as 20 to 40 percent more per HDTV set than a comparable, lower priced brand like Vizio. Fujitsu's distribution model and marketing plan was never as strong as added value companies like Runco/Vidikron or Meridian-Faroudja, who offer larger margins and more complete support, which earns the “push” from the specialty dealers.

One thing is for sure; Fujitsu's move out of the HDTV market will not be the last in 2008. As HDTVs increasingly become a low profit margin commodity and mid-level retailers like Tweeter struggle to find a way to add value to consumers versus the generic big-box players, expect other companies to follow suit with Fujitsu before the dust settles.

by: Jerry Del Colliano

kennyt 12-28-2007 05:43 PM

Re: Fujitsu to Cease Making HDTVs by End of March 2008
 
Too bad, until Pioneer came out with the Kuro line they were very competitive.

Robinson_A 12-28-2007 05:45 PM

Re: Fujitsu to Cease Making HDTVs by End of March 2008
 
When plasmas first hit the market some years back it was Fujitsu that seemed to command everyone's attention at my local retailers. I've always loved their sets. They will be missed.

Wonder who will be next?

Lotus 12-28-2007 07:25 PM

Re: Fujitsu to Cease Making HDTVs by End of March 2008
 
I thought that for their performance they weren't wisely priced for the past year or so. While their competition Pioneer Elite was improving their picture and lowering prices Fujitsu just imho got complacent and is now paying for it.

deacongreg 12-29-2007 01:07 PM

Re: Fujitsu to Cease Making HDTVs by End of March 2008
 
Its too bad. I was a fan of their sets as well. Good picture, and handsome looking tvs.

westcott 12-29-2007 02:28 PM

Re: Fujitsu to Cease Making HDTVs by End of March 2008
 
It sees Pioneer and Panasonic may be the only ones left unless some new technology raises its head to displace them. Fujitsu is not the first name that pops into the videophiles head when acquiring a quality plasma display.

Sony is getting out of the CRT and rear projection.

Hitachi will also cease production or rear projection.

Just a natural progression, IMO, as lesser quality technologies and mfgs get put in their place.


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