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Will You Die Before Your TV?

Panasonic says it takes 42 years for its 1080p VIERA plasmas to reach half its original brightness.

Will you die before your TV?

That's a pretty morbid question, we know. But it's one Panasonic is starting to toss around.

Panasonic just sent out a press release saying their plasma TVs might "outlast" their owners.

Really? People stress out enough already hoping their children will "outlast" them. But now we have this to worry about.

Panasonic says its 1080p VIERA Plasma HDTVs last 100,000 hours before reaching half the original brightness. Based upon the average daily viewing time of six and a half hours in the U.S., it will take 42 years for a Panasonic 1080p VIERA Plasma to reach half its orignial brightness or be on the way out, as Panasonic puts it.

I guess they could be right. Someone that does watch six and a half hours of TV per day certainly might not live long after 42. That's a heavy daily dose of TV.

The company also says its line of 720p VIERA plasmas will reach half the brightness after 60,000 hours or 25 years.

What are the chances the 720p models will outlive their owners?

Actually, I don't want to know. I'm 23 years old and apparently my life is half over.

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Steve Crowe, Web Editor
Steve is an editor for He graduated from Emerson College with a B.A. in Journalism. He joined the CE Pro staff in 2008. Steve is also a freelance sports writer for The Boston Globe and other various publications.

3 Comments (displayed in order by date/time)

Posted by Taz  on  08/14  at  01:41 PM

“Based upon the average daily viewing time of six and a half hours in the U.S.”

Wow, AVERAGE viewing. So many even watch more than that!!
Another reason why there are so many “BIG” Americans to love grin

” Can I have a diet coke with that cheeseburger and fries? ” hehehe

Posted by Steve Crowe  on  08/14  at  03:11 PM

How does anyone have enough time in a day to watch that much TV. Crazy, huh?

Posted by cybrsage  on  08/15  at  09:01 AM

They do not expect a person to buy a HDTV upon birth.  They expect a person to buy one in their mid 20s or older, due to the price.

If you are 25 and the TV lasts 42 years, you will be 67.  The average lifespan for a male in the US is 72, so it is a close call.

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