Samsung, DreamWorks Expand 3D BD Partnership11 Aug, 2010 By: Chris Tribbey
Samsung has expanded its 3D Blu-ray Disc relationship with DreamWorks Animation, offering How to Train Your Dragon in 3D to Samsung 3DTV owners this fall, and all four “Shrek” films in 3D later in the fourth quarter.
Samsung also will offer 3D Blu-ray versions of Imax’s Into the Deep and Galapagos as well as Mummies: Secret of the Pharaohs later this year.
Dragon will be packaged in Samsung’s 3D starter kit and becomes the second DreamWorks Animation title, after Monsters vs. Aliens, to be offered in 3D Blu-ray to Samsung customers.
“Samsung and DreamWorks Animation bring together the best creative talent in animation and the strongest 3DTV technology in order to offer a new dimension of home entertainment,” said John Revie, SVP of home entertainment for Samsung. “We believe that 3DTV adoption at home will increase as more global 3D hits, such as How to Train Your Dragon, are made available to the consumer for 3D home viewing.”
Paramount Home Entertainment will release DVD and Blu-ray versions of the film Oct. 15.
Also Aug. 11 Samsung announced a slew of new 3D home products, including 3DTVs, Blu-ray set-tops and the first-ever portable Blu-ray player with 3D capability.
The portable BD-C8000 enables 3D playback when connected to a 3DTV and features a 10.1-inch screen, built-in Wi-Fi and three hours of battery life. It’s available now with a list price of $499.99. It joins the BD-C7900 ($399.99), BD-C6800 ($279.99) and BD-C5900 ($229.99) as new Blu-ray 3D players available today from Samsung.
“With the industry’s broadest line-up of 3D capable home entertainment products, there is a product to suit every home and wallet,” Revie said.
Samsung also unveiled a new, high-end Blu-ray 3D home theater system, the HT-C9950W ($1,799.99, October), which features a 7.1 surround sound system, slot-in disc loading, an iPod/iPhone dock, Wi-Fi and two HDMI inputs.
In the 3DTV arena, Samsung this month will begin selling the 65-inch UN65C8000 ($5,999.99), the largest LED 3DTV to date, and three new plasma 3DTVs: the PN58C680 series ($2,299.99, 58 inches; $1,599.99, 50 inches) and the PN50C490 ($1,099.99, 50 inches).
Lastly Aug. 11, Samsung launched a “Free the TV” challenge that offers half a million dollars in prize money to developers who create the most innovative applications for connected HDTVs and Blu-ray players. Developers can register for the contest at FreeTheTVChallenge.com.
Samsung also has expanded its library of apps, adding ESPN’s Next Level application and others covering gaming and weather. Next the company will release a 3D VOD application that offers trailers of upcoming 3D movies