Monster Cable has debuted the Vision Max 3D glasses, purported to be the world's first to allow 3D HDTV viewing across all models. How does it manage this? Using a combination of 2.4 GHz RF (as opposed to IR) technology, interference rejection software and sync correction. Designed to be comfortable enough for hours of use, the Vision Max 3D glasses and transmitter kit are scheduled to be shipped in September for $249.95. Extra glasses pairs will cost a further $169.95 per pair.
YouTube has entered into a partnership with World Wrestling Entertainment to broadcast full length episodes of Friday Night Smackdown, WWE NXT, WWE Superstars and ECW on the WWE YouTube channel. The episodes will, unfortunately, only be broadcast in the United States. Clips from Monday Night Raw and classic matches will also be available.
Mitsubishi has announced the 3DC-1000 3D HDTV Starter Pack, a converter kit that will allow the company's 3D-compatible DLP TVs to actually display HD content. The user just plugs a transmitter into the TVs VESA sync port and switches the TV to 3D mode to activate. The kit comes with the 3D signal adapter, two pairs of active shutter glasses, a 3D emitter for the glasses, an HDMI cable and a copy of Disney's Blu-ray showcase disc. The kit, for which a shipping date has not been announced, is also reported to work with Samsung's 2008 and 2009 3D-compatible HDTV models.
Walmart has a pretty sweet deal happening this Father's Day. An Xbox 360 Arcade only costs $99 up through June 20 when it comes down to the nitty gritty. You'll still pay the new $149 price tag but with that you'll get a $50 Walmart eGift card you can use to buy a game or other accessory (you can use it for other stuff too, of course). Oh, and you'll get 2 free games right off the bat including Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts and Viva Pinata), as well as a wireless controller. Nice.
Yahoo today has expanded its TV Widgets program to nearly 100 countries around the world, significantly broadening its reach. The company didn't have much choice as it's now facing competition from Google's TV platform, introduced at the Google I/O conference last month, and its partnership with Sony. The Google operating system will be used in connected Sony TVs and Blu-ray players enabling web access.
The Yahoo TV Widgets allows users to access all kinds of web content including news, weather, social networking, TV shows and more. Yahoo TV Widgets are also found on a variety of TV models including Samsung, Vizio, LG and HiSense.
>Samsung today has announced Google Maps and Facebook as additions to its growing Samsung Apps library. Now Samsung HDTV owners (40 inches and above) will be able to download the apps, as well as those that own 2010 Blu-ray players and home theaters. Presumably the functionality of the new apps will be the same as what you'd get if you were using either on your computer. The additions are added to the Samsung Apps library which already includes apps such as Pandora, Netflix, Twitter, Vudu, Blockbuster, USA Today and Pandora.
On July 30th in Japan, Sharp will be releasing its first 3D HDTVs dubbed the AQUOS LV series. To be available in 40-, 46-, 52- and 60-inch display sizes, the 3D AQUOS models will feature Sharp's quad-pixel Quattron technology, 1080p resolution and a new proprietary technology called FRED supposedly able to increase brightness and reduce crosstalk. The sets will ship with AN-3DG10 3D glasses that have the capability to also switch to a 2D viewing mode. The LV series will also be compatible with Sharp's new BD-HDW700 and BD-HDW70 Blu-ray DVRs which will be capable of recording two TV program simultaneously and feature terabyte hard drives. No official word on pricing yet, but Japanese publication Impress Watch believes the 40-inch set will initially price at a little over US$3, 000 while the 60-incher will be a pricey, slightly-north-of $6, 500.
According to South Korean newspaper Chosun, Samsung currently owns 90% of the world's 3D HDTV market. Of the first 300, 000 sets sold, 270, 000 have been Samsung. Of course, the 3D market isn't incredibly competitive at the moment. Panasonic has the cheapest sets on the market and LG has a couple of offerings, but Sony hasn't really finalized its 3D plans yet. Samsung was first to market and hence has taken an early lead. The company is the world's leading HDTV seller overall still with 18% of the total market. Much more competitive in LCD and plasma.