Samsung Debuts New LCD And Plasma 3D HDTV Family

It's one thing to support 3D in the home, but it's another to devote time, resources and shelf space to in-home 3D products. It's clear at this point that Samsung is fully behind the technology, and they're ramping up impressively as the holiday shopping season draws near. Aside from picking up some exclusive 3D Blu-ray content, the company is launching four new 3D LCD and Plasma HDTVs, giving what Samsung describes as the "world’s broadest lineup of 3D home entertainment products" another big boost.

Samsung's UN65C8000 is a huge 65" display, which is the largest Full HD 3D LED TV available for the home today. The company's 3D processor is integrated, along with a 240Hz refresh rate, dynamic 8,000,000:1 contrast ratio and proprietary Precision Dimming technology. It'll also be known as the LED 8000, and it will be Wi-Fi ready and will fully support Skype via Samsung Apps. Of course, Hulu Plus and ESPN Next Level will also be accessible. For $5999.99, it won't come cheap, but it's big enough for you and your neighbors to split, probably.

Over on the plasma side, there's the Plasma 680, which has a 1080p panel, 600Hz Subfield Motion to deliver crisp and clear motion, and a Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratio for keeping blacks, black. These will ship in 50" and 58" sizes, and they'll also support file streaming locally as well as DLNA compatibility. The Plasma 490 series includes a Touch of Color design, along with a more premium Clear Image Panel technology. Each of these will ship later this month for between $1,099.99 and $2,299.99.

 Samsung Expands Blu-Ray 3D Content and Introduces World’s Largest 3D LED TV for the Home

New 3D TVs across a range of price points allow everyone to experience immersive 3D at home

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced new 3D content exclusive to Samsung. This fall, Samsung will make available 3D Blu-ray versions of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: DWA) global 3D blockbuster How to Train Your Dragon, IMAX’s original productions Into the Deep and Galapagos, and Giant Screen Films’ Mummies: Secrets of the Pharoahs. Samsung also announced four new 3D LED and Plasma TVs, further adding to the world’s broadest lineup of 3D home entertainment products. The expanded 3D TV portfolio features Samsung’s proprietary technologies and innovative design and larger screen sizes to deliver more immersive 3D experiences.

    “As the HDTV market leader for four straight years, we are proud to lead the way into the next dimension of premium entertainment and will continue to collaborate with industry leaders like DreamWorks Animation, IMAX and Giant Screen Films to deliver richer content to the home.”

Samsung’s latest line-up of 3D-capable HDTVs and new Blu-ray 3D films underscore its ongoing commitment to give consumers compelling content and superior products that together deliver an outstanding 3D home entertainment experience in the home.

“With 3D, people can explore the wonder of an immersive entertainment experience in the comfort of their homes,” said John Revie, senior vice president of Home Entertainment, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. “As the HDTV market leader for four straight years, we are proud to lead the way into the next dimension of premium entertainment and will continue to collaborate with industry leaders like DreamWorks Animation, IMAX and Giant Screen Films to deliver richer content to the home.”

Rich Cinematic Content Now Available for the Home

The availability of unique, high-quality 3D content is key to providing consumers a total 3D entertainment experience for the home. To that end, Samsung’s ongoing strategic alliance with DreamWorks Animation represents the best in 3D technology and animation, and gives Samsung TV owners exclusive opportunities to access 3D Blu-ray versions of this rich cinematic content. How to Train Your Dragon is among the top ten movies of 2010 and joins Monsters vs. Aliens as the second DreamWorks Animation title available exclusively to Samsung TV owners in 3D Blu-ray.

The IMAX documentaries take audiences on a spectacular three-dimensional exploration of two unique environments and bring the beauty of these locations right into the living room. Into the Deep 3D captures unique marine life and magnificent undersea worlds. The audience will become sea dwellers, discovering a living breathing kaleidoscope through the magical prism of IMAX 3D technology. Galapagos is part adventure, part scientific expedition and part fantastic voyage. Viewers are taken on an immersive cinematic experience as they “accompany” the scientists as they delve into the largely unknown waters surrounding the volcanic archipelago to explore the natural wonders of a realm that is truly a living natural science laboratory.

Finally, with Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs, a film made by Giant Screen Films, viewers will travel back in time and experience the grandeur of Egypt in the time of the Pharaohs and explore the mysteries and science enshrouding the ancient royal mummies and their subsequent modern day discoveries. The film is narrated by Christopher Lee of Lord of the Rings fame.

Expanded Range of Full HD 3D LED TVs Delivers Premium 3D Experience

With its sleek 65-inch screen, the new Samsung UN65C8000 is the largest Full HD 3D LED TV available for the home today. Featuring Samsung’s built-in 3D processor, Real 240Hz refresh rate technology, dynamic 8,000,000:1 contrast ratio and proprietary Precision Dimming technology, the award-winning LED 8000 series delivers unsurpassed picture quality and an immersive 3D experience in an ultra-slim design. The LED 8000 is WiFi-ready and supports Skype via Samsung Apps. This means that the TV becomes a huge video screen and brings an almost life-like quality to video calls. Keeping in touch with friends and family around the world is now an activity the whole family can participate in, right from the living room. Viewers can also access a full range of apps – such as Hulu Plus and ESPN Next Level – via Samsung Apps at their convenience.
Series/Model           Estimated Selling Price           Size (inches)           Availability
UN65C8000           $5,999.99           65           August 2010

New 3D Plasma HDTVs Make It Easy to Bring the Wonder of 3D Home

Samsung has expanded its 2010 Plasma HDTV line-up with the introduction of three new 3D-enabled plasma TVs that deliver outstanding immersive 3D experience and premium picture quality at an affordable price.

The Plasma 680 Series offers an immersive 3D experience, and underscores Samsung’s commitment to performance, design and value. The Samsung Plasma 680 Series features Full HD 1080p resolution and 600Hz Subfield Motion to deliver crisp, lifelike images, and clear motion, while the Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratio creates deep blacks and brilliant colors. Available in 50- or 58-inch screen sizes, the Plasma 680 Series also allows users to share media files stored on PCs or other DLNA-compliant devices on the big-screen via AllShare. The attractive Touch of Color design adds a subtle black-to-dark blue accent to the set’s bezel and exceeds the more stringent ENERGY STAR 4.0 standards.

Offering great value and features, the 3D-capable Plasma 490 Series is smartly wrapped in an attractive piano key black cabinet with a dark blue Touch of Color design. Delivering premium picture quality with its Clear Image Panel technology and 600Hz Subfield Motion technologies, the Plasma C490 showcases a high-performance picture quality at a great value.
Series/Model           Estimated Selling Price           Size (inches)           Availability
PN58C680           $2,299.99           58           August 2010
PN50C680           $1,599.99           50           August 2010
PN50C490           $1,099.99           50           August 2010

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