I've owned this panel for 26 months now and there's not a fingerprint on it, just an indication of how well I have looked after this unit, still it went faulty. It was to go in for repair tomorrow but with the extreme weather conditions we are experiencing here QLD it'll have to wait another week.
Fortunately I took out an extended 4 year warranty at $429 which covers all costs, and at roughly $2 a week that is not much of an outlay for an ongoing peace of mind. I have sometimes pondered whether there is some degree of 'designed obsolescence' that goes on in this industry in order to generate future repairs and possible sales of new panels by these corporate giants. But then, that's me.
Conspiracy theory or not it is wise to take out an extended warranty on these expensive, fragile displays if only for the sake of covering all possibilities that may or may not happen.
panasonic dont bring the panel as a spare part into australia so the unit will get exchanged.
If you had no extended warranty you would get charged for someone to look at it, and it would be dumped.
then you loose $$$$