Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 2:12PM
Panasonic officially unveiled plans for its first 3-D television, and it's a drastically lower price than what we heard about a month ago. If you want a 50-inch plasma set, one pair of 3-D specs and a 3-D Blu-ray player, it's going to set you back $2,900. Each additional pair of glasses would run you $150, although some manufacturers (and presumably all of them) have 2-D modes that wouldn't require that feature.
Back in mid-February, the quoted price was in the $5,000 neighborhood for just the magic picture box, so unless that report was just way off, Panasonic and its rivals are seeing a real opportunity to hit the ground running with this technology.
The news comes on the heels of the release of Samsung's 3-D sets, heavily promoted during the Oscars, which will be on sale this week. The details: 46-inch TV, two pairs of glasses, a 3-D Blu-ray player and a 3-D copy of Monsters vs. Aliens, all for $2,900. The 55-inch model would run you $3,300, minus the Blu-ray player and other perks.
The AP says LG will have 3-D sets on sale in May and Sony will push them out the door this summer.
None of this matters if there's nothing to watch on the new TVs, of course, so we'll begin seeing a glut of 3-D Blu-ray titles. Fox has announced that its maiden voyage in that regard will be Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, which makes sense since it was the third-highest-grossing movie of 2009 in terms of worldwide ticket sales.