Fitch Cuts Sony, Panasonic Credit Rating to Junk http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-11-22/sony-panasonic-credit-rating-cut-to-speculative-grade This isn't good news for those who just bought a Sony or Panasonic TV. Before you know it, you might find it even more difficult to buy spare parts if your TV has problems (trust me, you will have to replace some TV components throughout its lifespan). I was extremely frustrated with Panasonic when my last Panasonic had a blown capacitor. Took more than a month for Panasonic to respond and deliver it to me. Panasonic's customer service is non-existent. This also means Sony and Panasonic will have difficulty borrowing any money from investors. Basically no money = no R&D = no good TV's. Sharp is already in a worse situation where it is considering bailout or death.