Manufacturer exclusives on Blu-rays are a bummer. If you want 'Monsters vs. Aliens' for example, you've got to pick up a Samsung set and Blu-ray player to go with it. But so far, it hasn't been that big of a deal. Panasonic's changing that up this fall.
There's finally a bit of selection in the 3D plasma market. No longer are you forced to choose between a Panasonic plasma and a Best Buy exclusive Panasonic plasma. The two lines of Samsung plasmas are fairly similar. They both offer a 1080p resolution and 3D capability. They've both got Samsung Apps like Internet@TV, and they both measure a slim 1.4 inches deep.
One of the biggest reasons not to purchase a 3D television right now is that there's nothing to watch on it. Sure, ESPN 3D is on the way, and some sets to the 2D to 3D conversion, but there's nothing out right now that's made for 3D.
When it comes to overindulgent commercial installations, the only country that can hold a candle to the gool ol' US of A is Japan. For example, last year in Japan there was a full life-size Gundam robot replica that measured over 59 feet in height, and shot out light and mist.
If you've been holding out for Panasonic's 3D plasmas, then you'll be glad to know the wait is almost over. Panasonic announced pricing and release dates for the new sets which will start showing up in stores on May 3rd.