Yea, bother in law isn't that picky about video quality. I have the same set and mine lasted over 4,900 hours before I noticed a difference (my main TV is a 51" Samsung plasma). Yes plasma will last longer for brightness then a DLP's bulb, so every now and then you spend the $99 for a new bulb (how much you paying for your Panny's bulb). And how much do you have to pay to get a plasma or LCD/LED screen that's in the 73" range? Back over 4 years ago when we purchased them it was $2,100, you couldn't touch a flat panel anywhere close to that price and still hard to beat.