While I agree that that used to be the case, I'd have to disagree today. I have several TVs that are 15 or more years old and running without incident. All TVs younger than 15 years have been replaced at least once except for my LCoS. I've also noted more frequent failures of disc players and A/V receivers in the recent past. The use of LSI chips and new assembly technologies was supposed to make them more resistant to failure but it hasn't worked that way for me.