Will Samsung Ever Launch 3D DLP TVs In The UK?

Samsung has already announced that it will be launching a trio of new 3D LED-backlit television sets in March 2010 in the UK and it has also confirmed that Plasma sets will follow soon.

One technology that will not apparently make it to the UK though is DLP (Digital Light Processing), a technology used in rear projection televisions and which proved to be popular in the US because of its low prices combined with very large screen diagonals (routinely above 50-inch).

Samsung actually released 3D-ready DLP HDTVs back in January 2007, three years before LED-backlit LCD TVs with the series 7 LED DLP HDTV model being the latest model which was not only power efficient (consuming half the power of a similar size plasma screen) but also removed much of the issues associated with DLP HDTVs until now.

More importantly, Samsung produced DLP TVs that went all the way up to 72-inch, you are not likely to find anything similar in the foreseeable future and was available from Amazon for around $2800. The new C7000 model goes to 55-inch only with the entry level model being 40-inch.

Yep, $2800 for a 72-inch 3D compatible television set; granted it doesn't have a Freeview HD tuner, the capability to record content or even a LAN port, wireless capabilities or a USB port but it did what it said on the tin; deliver superb quality content on a big screen at a very affordable price.

Samsung has apparently quietly discontinued its 3D-ready DLP HDTVs which it presented as the "next big thing" back in 2007. At least, the new LED-backlit LCD TV sets will come with some DNA from the three-year old DLP models. You will still need those slightly expensive wireless 3D active glasses which might cost you around £50 each.