Samsung launches first portable Blu-ray 3D player

The Blu-ray player can play back 3D movies only when connected to a 3D TV

Samsung has brought out its first portable Blu-ray 3D player, as well as 3D TVs priced starting at US$1,099, in an effort to make 3D products accessible to buyers.

The BD-C8000 player allows users to watch full high-definition movies on the go, or to watch 3D movies when connected to a 3D TV, said John Revie, Samsung senior vice president of home entertainment, at a press event in New York.

The portable player has a 10.3-inch screen and built-in Wi-Fi. It runs about three hours on batteries and connects to 3D TVs via an HDMI 1.4a port. The HDMI specification allows for content in 3D formats to be transferred between devices, including movies based on the Blu-ray 3D format.

The player is priced at $499 and is available now, according to the company.

For budget-conscious buyers, Samsung also announced three new plasma 3D TVs, including one priced at $1,099. That one, the PN50C490 3D TV, has a 50-inch screen size and is capable of playing 720p high-definition video. Also new are plasma 3D TVs that are capable of playing full high-definition 1080p video, including the $2,299 PN58C680, which has a 58-inch screen, and the $1,599 PN50C680, which has a 50-inch screen.

The company also announced what it called its largest 3D TV to date, a 65-inch LED TV priced at around $6,000.

"We'd like to believe that 3D has raised the bar for ... the immersive entertainment experience," said Tim Baxter, president of the consumer electronics division at Samsung Electronics America.

The adoption rate of 3D products has been fantastic and will continue to grow, Baxter said.

"The opportunity for 3D is constantly evolving. We think it will follow a path very similar to what we experienced with HD rollout and Blu-ray rollout," Baxter said.

In late July, market research firm DisplaySearch said that 3D TV shipments could reach 3.4 million this year, increasing from 214,000 units that shipped last year. The increased interest in 3D TVs is partly being driven by 3D gaming and 3D movies on Blu-ray, according to DisplaySearch.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags blu-rayconsumer electronics3D Blu-ray playersSamsung Electronicshome entertainment

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Agam Shah

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?