Vanishing European 65-inch Panasonics
On 11th February What Hi-Fi told us that the 2013 flagship Panasonic plasma series, the ZT60, would be available in Europe as a 60-inch screen only, not as a 65- inch. Then on 13th February the updated http://www.whathifi.com/news/ces-2013-panasonic-2013-tvs-sizes-prices-sp... showed that the European ST60 series had lost both the 60 and 65-inch sizes, which had previously been displayed. The ST60 series now goes down to a 42-inch, which I don't think it did previously, I'm pretty certain that the smallest size used to be 50 inches. I'm not sure what the thinking behind losing the biggest sizes from two ranges for the European market is, in contrast to the hallowed respect that Panasonic accords the North American market in giving it really big TV sizes. For me, it's a shame, as once I solve my employment problem I was going to try for the 65-inch ST60. As I have no intention in coming down in size from my 64-inch Samsung, there now remains only one Panasonic 65-inch screen, the VT60, which will be substantially more expensive than a European 65ST60 would have been. Perhaps I'll just have to chug along with my Samsung for another year!
Speaking of price, the 60-inch ZT60 will cost around £4,000, which seems, and is, a lot. But, how quickly we forget - two years ago the 65VT30 cost £4,500 when it was released!