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Wednesday
Mar102010

Panasonic, Samsung 3-D TVs Retail for $3,000

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.

Reader Comments (11)

I read something that says watching a lot of 3-D stuff ruins your eye sight, so I think I'll sit this out even if the price drops considerably.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Oh awesome let me go...wait, I just bought an HDTV a month ago for $400.

No thanks. Try again in 10 years. No, actually, the 3D craze will be over by then. Never mind.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVince

It's true some people CAN'T SEE the 3D effect, but it won't blind you (you have to stare at something else too long for that to happen). The Mitsubishi projection tv I got last year is 3D ready, but yeah, people aren't gonna' turn around and get yet another tv right yet. The industry will grow this over the next decade and when there's enough content - and toward the end of this decade there will be - it'll be commonplace. Especially if they do sports broadcasts in 3D.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJ.Bradley

ESPN's 3D Channel begins this summer with the World Cup. DTV has 2 Channels as well

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