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The South Korean electronics manufacturer sees a big future for 3DTV in the coming years

LG Electronics plans to sell 1 million 3DTV models by the end of the year, which will give it roughly one-fourth of the developing market. LG is the No. 2 TV brand in the world, and sees the growing 3D market as a key industry business.  The South Korean company also believes the market will sell 3.8 million 3DTV units in 2010, with the number ballooning up to 13 million in 2011.

"Our goal is boosting market share in 3DTVs and you can clearly see that, as our target for 3D market share is 10 percentage points above our LCD TV sales target," said Havis Kwon, LG VP, during a recent press conference.

LG also recently announced the first 3D LED-backlit TV in the word, saying its LX9500 HDTV offers 480HZ TruMotion, 1,200 individual LEDs, and supports internet-enabled features.

Panasonic, which is showing off its 3DTVs in Best Buy locations in the United States, wants to sell 1 million 3DTVs by March 31, 2011, which is the company's next fiscal year.  Sony and Samsung also have announced 3DTV plans, with Sony models expected to hit Best Buy later this year.  

There also has been an increase in 3D Blu-ray player development, as movie studios are now interested in selling 3D content to consumers.  The technology is still relatively expensive, so many consumers may be willing to wait a bit longer for the format to develop further.



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I just don't believe in 3DTV
By Shig on 3/30/2010 10:45:54 PM , Rating: 2
Just the simple fact that Bluray adoption has been so slow while the adoption of HDTV's has been relatively high leads me to believe 3DTV won't be adopted nearly as fast as they think.

The Bluray to 3DTV analogy might be totally wrong, I don't know. I just can't imagine huge 3DTV adoption when a better technology like Bluray was so slow to be adopted, even today.

Paying extra for special 3DTV cable or sattelite services and wearing clunky glasses, not to mention a TV that most likely will cost more than standard HDTV's. It just doesn't add up for me.

An expensive gimmicky technology in today's economic mess? Not happening LG, maybe South Korea loves 3D or something.




RE: I just don't believe in 3DTV
By HighWing on 3/31/2010 2:30:25 AM , Rating: 2
I agree with you that 3dtv will never really take off with glasses. However, while I know this particular model is not, there exists the technology to make 3d tv without glasses. And the recent announcement of Nintendo's new DS which offers 3d without glasses is proof of that. I can't recall where or from who I read it, but I'm pretty sure there are plans for 3dtv's later this year without glasses. And that could actually take off.


RE: I just don't believe in 3DTV
By Aloonatic on 3/31/2010 6:49:47 AM , Rating: 2
You can (apparently) get electronic photo frames that display 3D photographs that can be viewed without glasses now.

The problem with 3D as I see it is that it still (correct me if I'm wrong) relies on you wanting to focus where the director wants you be looking. That is kinda OK in films, where a lot of effort, time and care (hence money) can be spent in order to get that to work out OK, but in general TV and sporting events I'm a lot more sceptical as to how well the current systems will work.

I must admit, I'm only going by what I have seen in theatres tho. Has anyone watched any of the recent sporting events that have been shown in 3D? How well have they worked out?


RE: I just don't believe in 3DTV
By Dribble on 3/31/2010 6:56:10 AM , Rating: 2
Glasses-less 3D relies on you being in a very specific place in front of the screen. The 3d screen effectively only lets one eye see what's on it at a time by using the LCD like a Venetian blind.

This is ok for a DS but won't work for a TV.


RE: I just don't believe in 3DTV
By danobrega on 3/31/2010 7:01:16 AM , Rating: 2
True. Only a few broadcasters are doing 720p or 1080i. None that I know of is doing 1080p. Developing better TVs is nice and everything, but if you don't get the content providers to provide content I fail to see the point.

FULL HD tvs are available for how many years now? When will we have full hd available?

Yeah, I'll rush and buy a 3D TV to continue watching SD TV most of the time. NOT!


RE: I just don't believe in 3DTV
By therealnickdanger on 3/31/2010 8:52:13 AM , Rating: 2
The 60Hz 1080i content you see on TV is "full HD". It is up to your TV (assuming it's 1080p) to properly de-interlace the signal into 1080p24 (film) or 1080p30 (video).

http://www.hometheatermag.com/gearworks/1106gear/#


RE: I just don't believe in 3DTV
By danobrega on 3/31/2010 10:38:37 AM , Rating: 1
Sorry, FULL HD is 1080p. 1080i is even worse than 720p since it has less pixels per frame.

Although it does not make much sense to say: "My TV only supports 1080i", it does make sense to say "My favorite channel only supports 1080i". That code is actually missing one important number, which is the FPS.

Some channels broadcast a signal of 1080i/25. This signal is worse than 720p/25. 720p/25 is worse than 1080p/25. (in terms of bandwidth).

720p/25 = 1280*720*25 = 23040k Pixels per second.
1080i/25 = 1920*1080/2*25 = 25920k Pixels per second.
1080p/25 = 1920*1080*25 = 51840k Pixels per second.

The fact that your TV makes up some frames for actually displaying 60 FPS is irrelevant to the discussion.

Besides that, in my personal opinion interlaced video displays funny. I rather see a video in 720p/25 than 1080i/25.


RE: I just don't believe in 3DTV
By cmdrdredd on 3/31/2010 4:03:07 PM , Rating: 2
No... Interlaced vs progressive might have a place in what you're trying to say but 1920x1080 is ALWAYS more pixels than 1280x720. More pixels mean higher detail. You didn't mention motion, which is where Interlaced pictures display some problems.


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