In the US, Samsung has announced three new 3D TVs, one of which, the LED C8000 Series, is the world’s largest 3D-capable set.
The TV has a 65-inch screen, Precision Dimming technology, 240Hz refresh rate technology, dynamic 8,000,000:1 contrast ratio and WiFi capabilities. It costs $6000 (£3850) and will be available later this month.
Second-in-command is the Plasma 680 Series, which features HD 1080p resolution, 600Hz Subfield Motion, and is also 3D-ready. It's available in 50- or 58-inch screen sizes, costing $1600 (£1025) and $2300 (£1474) respectively.
One lower-end 3D TV, part of the Plasma 490 series, rings up at just over $1000 (£650) - an extremely low price point for a category that was barely on the map in 2009.
Samsung claims that it holds 80 per cent of the 3D TV marketshare. In 2009, it was the first to deliver text-based RSS feeds on news and stock info to TVs. And later in 2009, it added widgets to its TVs - like Flickr, Twitter and Yahoo News.
This year, in 2010, Samsung introduced its apps market, featuring 100 apps in the US to date (expected to grow to around 200 by year's end). It also believes that by 2011, 3D TVs will make up 70 per cent of the 40-inch and larger TV category.
With a Samsung TV, users can make video calls using Skype, browse Google apps, connect with friends on Facebook and watch Hulu plus. “It’s all about the apps”, said Eric Anderson, VP of Content and Product Solution for Samsung.
See also how the British apps market is maturing in Pocket-lint's exclusive chat with Samsung's UK content manager Darren Petersen.