My PN50B550 was feeling left out...

This just happened to my set today. A thin horizontal line (looks like an entire row of burned out pixels) has appeared about 8 inches from the top. Shows up regardless of the input device...

I bought it from Best Buy (no extended warranty) in May 2009, so it is no longer under warranty. I submitted a repair ticket with Samsung, I'm curious to know what it will cost to get it fixed.

I am also not impressed with the Samsung brand anymore, I had a computer monitor that was less than 18 months old burn out recently. Very disappointing - I think they're one of the better brands when it comes to picture quality; but, I don't care how good the picture looks when lines start appearing across the set...

Has anyone that has had this problem had it fixed outside the warranty? If so, how much did it cost?