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Samsung Relies on RealD's 3D Expertise

Will incorporate technology into 3D TVs 1/04/2010 10:39:14 AM Eastern

Korean
electronics giant Samsung said Monday it has reached a deal with RealD, the
Beverly Hills, Calif.-based 3D specialist whose 3D display technology is
already installed in some 4,800 movie theater screens worldwide, to help it
launch 3D TV sets for the home in 2010.

Samsung said Monday that it will integrate RealD's technology into its new 3D
TVs, which it is expected to unveil at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, and
support the proprietary stereoscopic RealD Format for the delivery and display
of high-quality 3D content. The RealD Format is an enhanced version of a
side-by-side 3D format that uses a unique set of filters and other technology
that multiplexes a left eye and right eye 3D image stream into a single channel
for delivery of 3D HD content using today's HD infrastructure to any 3D-enabled
display. The two companies will also work jointly on active eyewear technology
and New Passive Display technology to promote 3D's adoption.

"Our
collaboration with RealD is helping bring a new dimension of TV entertainment
to consumer households around the world," said Dongho Shin, SVP of the
visual display division at Samsung Electronics, in a statement. "Together,
we are committed to enhancing the TV viewing experience with the best that 3D
technology can offer including immersive, lifelike depth and a new realm of
color clarity."

Samsung
is the third large set-maker to announce a partnership with RealD in recent
weeks, following Sony and JVC. Sony has collaborated with RealD on 3D
technology in movie theaters for years, and tapped RealD to supply its 3D
display technology for live 3D HD broadcasts of an NFL game in December 2008
and of the college football BCS championship game last January.

"This
partnership pairs world leaders in consumer electronics and 3D technology and
will assure that people can enjoy all the 3D content being released in crystal
clear 3D on 'RealD ready' Samsung TVs," said RealD Chairman and CEO
Michael Lewis in a statement. "Samsung's support of the RealD Format
furthers the industry toward unified standards for the distribution and display
of high-quality 3D in the home."

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