Ghost in the machine? No burn-in for plasma TVs


Even in a recession, Americans will be shopping for electronics this holiday season. If a TV is on your list (or the list of someone lucky for whom you're buying gifts), you're probably weighing the options of plasma versus LCD.

In the past, many shoppers shunned plasmas because they feared burn-in, a sort of "ghost image" left on the screen after changing the channel. For instance, if you watched a lot of one particular network, the image of that station's logo in the bottom right corner could be permanently etched into your screen even if you were watching something different. But a tech blogger testing new plasma TVs found that burn-in issues have gone the way of Betamax, thanks to better engineering and more advanced technology.