San Diego, CA, May 25, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Toshiba and Samsung are competing to see who will bring home the hottest trend in audio-video technology since HD: glasses-free 3D television sets.
Toshiba’s first glasses-free 3D TV sets debuted in Asia to mixed reviews.
Japanese consumers could purchase 12 and 20-inch models, which went on sale just before Christmas last year. With hefty price tags equivalent to around USD$1,500 for the smaller set and almost $3,000 for the larger, they didn’t turn out to be the big sellers Toshiba was hoping they would be.
Meanwhile, Samsung recently debuted a huge 55-inch glasses-free TV set at a technology tradeshow in Shanghai, China. Unfortunately, it’s just a prototype, which is not expected to hit the market for at least another three years. The wait might be worth it, however, as those who viewed the demo were reportedly quite impressed with its features.
So if you can’t wait and want to purchase a glasses-free 3D TV set this year, what will you be able to watch on it? Although relatively few movies are currently available in 3D, the Nintendo 3DS gaming system is now in stores. That could be fun, except there’s currently no supported way to hook Nintendo 3DS up to a TV set, 3D or otherwise.
In the meantime, there are some 3D TV channels up and running, with DirecTV leading the way. They currently have four dedicated 3D channels, with programming that includes sports, movies, special events, nature programs and documentaries.
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