3D TV Brands
On June 9, 2010 Panasonic revealed a 152-inch 3D TV that will be for sale later this year. This is the equivalent of nine 50-inch television sets stacked together, one of the largest 3D TV models to date. The set is expected to sell for 50 million yen (approximately $576,000 US).
Almost all of the major manufacturers have released plans this year to include 3D TV models in their usual line. The increase in 3D TVs for sale is due in large part to the increasing popularity of 3D movies being released as of late. This genre of movies is becoming easier and more cost effective to make, and is filling a demand for movie goers who are expecting something more from their usual movie-going experience. As these movies get released to DVD, people want to relive the experience, and many are opting to buy 3D models to complete their home theater system.
3D TV models are expected from many manufacturers. Mitsubishi and Samsung will utilize DLP technology pioneered by the folks at Texas Instruments. Earlier this year Samsung set a lofty goal by saying half of its LED LCD televisions sold in 2010 will be 3D TV models. Samsung has released its 9000-series, an ultra-slim 3D TV for sale that is only an inch thick. They achieve this by moving much of the circuitry components into the TV stand. A unique touch-screen WIFI remote completes this brand’s 3D offering.
LG, Sony, Toshiba, Sharp and Philips have set similar goals for their 3D TVs for sale. Initial offerings from each are expected to be a mix of available technologies until some standardization is achieved across the industry. LG Electronics released a new family of Infinia brand 3D TVs with LED backlights and an advanced LCD screen. The sets are also around an inch thick and will be available in 47- and 55-inch screens. A new magic wand remote rivaling the Nintendo WII controller will complete the experience from LG’s new 3D brand.
Besides the behemoth mentioned above, Panasonic plans to release full 3D HD TV models in 50- to 65-inch screens and a single pair of 3D glasses (no high-tech remote is expected). Panasonic has been pioneering 3D TV technology for several years including promotion of the hugely successful Avatar movie.