My grandparents bought a LG 50" Full HD Plasma TV about 16 months ago, no extended warranty was purchased. Obviously, this means that there is no warranty remaining. Just now, dark areas have started to appear on the screen, causing major viewing obstruction. The TV has never been abused or mistreated, or exposed to bad conditions. It has also never been exposed to conditions that would cause image burn. It was purchased from Harvey Norman, if that helps. I suspect that the back light of the TV has failed in some areas, although I am not an expert in TVs. There are roughly 4 large dark patches, and they are roughly symmetrical. They are large at the top, becoming thinner as they go down the screen.
Now, to the point. I will contact Harvey Norman, but I highly doubt that they will replace it under the current circumstances. But, I saw the recent episode of "Target", where a guy proved to the court that his PS3 should have lasted at least 2 years, and got a new one without being under warranty. My grandparents will take it there if need be, as I doubt they want to drop that much money on a new TV to replace one that is only 16 months old.
Is there any other way I could go about resolving this issue?
Thanks in advance.