06.17.2010 01:05 AM
3DTV Set Prices Are Falling Fast
CYBERSPACE: Prices for 3DTV sets are plummeting just four
months after hitting the U.S. retail market. A new 3DTV set can be had from
Amazon for $1,655.98, without shipping. That same 3DTV, a Samsung 40-incher,
was nearly $2,000 just a few months ago. Likewise, prices for Samsung’s 46- and
55-inch 3DTVs have dropped by more than 30 percent since they were first
offered in March. The adult-sized shutter glasses necessary to view the 3DTVs
hit the market at around $150. They can now be found for around $120.
The decline is reminiscent of when high-definition TVs were introduced into the
market nearly 10 years ago. The first sets were giant, bulky monsters priced
between $5,000 and $10,000. Within six years, a 37-inch LCD high-def TV could
be secured for less than a grand, as can a new
The Panasonic 3DTV Viera plasmas appear to be holding their price points, but
they were just introduced into the U.S. market last within the last few weeks.
The company also slashed 3DTV set prices to half of what they were in Japan even before rolling them out here,
Wall Street Journal said. Panasonic introduced 50- and 54-inch 3DTV
sets in early May for $2,600 and $3,000, respectively. This month, 58- and
65-inch models were rolled out. Amazon
is offering those sets for $3,600 and $5,000 respectively.
Sony, the official sponsor of ESPN’s new 3D channel, is just now coming to the
U.S. market with 3DTV sets. 3D-capable Bravia’s became available for pre-sale
last week at the Sony Style Web site. Only two have built-in 3D capability, a
60-inch set listed at around $5,000, and a 52-incher listed for about $4,000.
Three more models--40-, 46- and 55-inches--will require a peripheral $50 sync
transmitter as well as the $150 active shutter glasses to display stereoscopic
-- Deborah D. McAdams
May 19, 2010
: “Panasonic Adds Video
Calls and 3D Discs to TV Deals”
The electronics maker is activating Skype video call capability to its 2010
Viera Cast-enabled HDTV sets, and the bundling to Blu-ray titles with its
emerging 3DTV sets.
3, 2010: “3DTVs Hit the Market”
Samsung beat the rest when it started offering the UN46C7000 and the UN55C7000
LED edge-lit, 1080p sets at online retailer Amazon.