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January 11, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. said Wednesday that it would spend about $2.4 billion to build the world's largest plasma TV display panel plant amid expectations of a surge in demand for flat-panel televisions. The Osaka-based maker of Panasonic-brand electronics said it aimed for annual sales of 10 trillion yen ($84 billion) by the end of March 2010, up from an estimated 8.95 trillion yen in fiscal 2006. Matsushita dominates in plasma display flat-panel TVs with its Viera line.
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HOME & GARDEN
January 11, 2007 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
TELEVISIONS in recent years have taken over living rooms. Now, they're almost as big as one. At the annual Consumer Electronics Show here this week, manufacturers showed off ever-bigger TVs in a size race that showed no signs of slowing. Panasonic this year bragged that billionaire Mark Cuban owns one of its wall-filling, 103-inch plasma displays, which retail for about $70,000.
REAL ESTATE
September 24, 2006 | Ann Brenoff, Times Staff Writer
Stopping short of installing glue traps to ensure that prospective buyers can't get away, sellers, builders and real estate agents have been reaching deeper into their bag of tricks in their efforts to move the ever-increasing homes-for-sale inventory. They are giving away new cars, trucks, plasma TVs and chances to win expensive vacations to those who buy, refer a buyer or, in the case of Coldwell Banker, even just agree to chat with them without using a pseudonym.
OPINION
May 22, 2006
Re "It's Iraq, stupid," Opinion, May 18 Jonah Goldberg talks about the economy as if it were a gold star on President Bush's report card. The truth is, there's a lot of smoke and mirrors at the heart of these good times. We're the guy next door who has the new cars, the speedboat, the 60-inch plasma screen TV, the Florida vacation for the whole family -- the envy of his neighborhood. Until the folks from the bank come and take it all away. Of course the economy is humming.
HOME & GARDEN
January 12, 2006 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
THE sign above the gigantic television declared it to be the "World's Largest" plasma TV. How large? 102 inches. It was so huge that this TV in the LG Electronics booth at the Consumer Electronics Show last week drew a crowd that took snapshots like tourists. But not far across the jammed Las Vegas Convention Center, Panasonic's mammoth plasma television was drawing an even bigger crowd. A sign right above the screen proclaimed it the "World's Largest." How large? 103 inches.
BUSINESS
September 14, 2005 | Elliot Spagat, Associated Press
Samsung Electronics Co. has an odd sales pitch for one of its new televisions. A slide show for dealers features a drawing of a TV on a tombstone that reads, "The news of my demise is greatly exaggerated!" The South Korean manufacturer is referring to cathode ray tube, or CRT, televisions -- the heavy boxes that have dominated the business since television was introduced at the New York World's Fair in 1939. As rival technologies become cheaper, the era of the conventional tube TV is ending.
HOME & GARDEN
July 21, 2005
My husband and I read your July 14 article on plasma TVs ["What Channel Has the Renoir?"]. Deborah Needleman's comment was a bit off-putting and elitist: "The one trend I can't embrace is hanging TVs over the fireplace." Has Ms. Needleman considered that there are households where the only viable place for a large screen is over the fireplace? Do we have our plasma over our living room fireplace? You bet! We make no apologies for it. Our walls are covered with bookshelves filled with books and artwork.
HOME & GARDEN
July 14, 2005 | Audrey Davidow, Special to The Times
When Malibu-based music manager Jake Hooker and wife Deborah got sick of crowded movie theaters, they bought the biggest TV they could find -- an 82-inch high-definition Mitsubishi -- and turned their living room into a home theater with surround-sound subwoofers that made the floor shake during flicks such as "Gladiator." Just one problem.
NEWS
February 3, 2005 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
Three days and counting. Are you really going to spend Super Bowl XXXIX watching a television that was your constant companion during the Clinton impeachment hearings? There's still time to shop -- and you probably won't be alone. Buying a new set used to be about as complicated as choosing the snacks for the big game. Up until a couple years ago there were only two practical choices: the venerable picture-tube sets and the clunky rear-projection models that are the size of a child's playhouse.
HOME & GARDEN
August 7, 2003 | Lynn Smith, Times Staff Writer
When he was newly married in the late 1940s, John Crean would drive on hot summer days with his wife, Donna, from Anaheim to Newport Harbor. Like other tourists facing the cool ocean breeze, he pressed his nose against the invisible wall separating him from the yachts, cruisers and sloops skimming over green water or bobbing in their slips. Who are these people, he wondered. How can they afford this?
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