We had no idea that the Blu-ray players Samsung showed off at CES would just be the first of a steady stream rolling out this year, and today in New York it's showing off the latest set of 3D capable hardware -- many of which have already shown up on retail shelves. The $499 BD-C8000 is the first portable Blu-ray player that can handle the new 3D discs; while the 10.3-inch screen is 2D only, it folds WiFi, 1GB of memory, HDMI 1.4, a 3 hour battery and all of Samsung's DLNA and widget technology into its very netbook-looking shell for you to take somewhere that has a 3D-ready display. Though that's already shipping on Amazon, we'll have to wait until October to see the $1,799 HT-C9950W 7.1 home theater in a box system, specifically designed (& priced) to match those ultra-thin 9000 series displays (and their sweet touchscreen remotes). Speaking of LED edge lit 3DTVs, Sammy also mentioned it's ready to ship the biggest of the bunch with the 65-inch UN65C8000 (compare that to Panasonic's 65-inch VT25 plasma) which missed the original July launch projection but is already popping up at a few sites for pre-orders at a price as much as $1,500 below its $5,999 MSRP.
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While those fill out the high end of the product line, more frugal buyers of course have the option of selecting older models that are dropping in price, but there are a few new displays and players (that we've seen before) for them too. Samsung's finally officially launching the 50-inch PN50C490 we saw last month that does 3D on a flat panel display in 720p for less than $1,000. Right now, taking it from 3D capable to 3DTV is still an expensive proposition, but we'll wait and see if any new promotions throwing in the starter kit -- updated with a few new Blu-ray 3D exclusives including Dreamworks Animations' How to Train Your Dragon and two IMAX 3D flicks, Shrek series coming soon -- for free turn lookers into purchasers. Check the gallery for more pictures and the press release after the break for more specs and pricing information.

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SAMSUNG UNVEILS WORLD'S FIRST PORTABLE BLU-RAY PLAYER WITH 3D CAPABILITY; FURTHER EXPANDS 3D PRODUCT LINE-UP

New Blu-Ray Players and Home Theater Systems Offer Immersive 3D Experience At Home


RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ, August 11, 2010 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced the U.S. availability of the world's first portable Blu-ray player with 3D capability. The Samsung BD-C8000 delivers true 1080p HD video, enables 3D playback when connected to a 3D-capable TV and used with 3D glasses, and features a brilliant 10.3-inch screen. It includes built-in Wi-Fi for easy access to advanced connectivity features, including an expanding library of content and applications via Samsung Apps and HDMI 1.4a support. With three hours of battery life, the Samsung BD-C8000 is the perfect travel companion for anyone who wants an outstanding entertainment experience while on the go.

Samsung also introduced three additional standalone Blu-ray players and three new Blu-ray Home Theater Systems that deliver crystal-clear picture and sound quality with new features that will excite both the first-time owner and the audiophile.
"Blu-ray has raised the bar for video and audio quality that consumers expect to see at home. We led the way in 3D TVs and are excited to do the same for 3D Blu-ray players and Home Theater Systems. With the industry's broadest line-up of 3D capable home entertainment products, there is a product to suit every home and wallet," said John Revie, senior vice president of Home Entertainment at Samsung Electronics America Inc.


Expanded Range of 3D-Capable Blu-ray Players Helps Future-Proof Entertainment Options

Samsung's latest Blu-ray players bring the wonder of 3D entertainment into the home. The Samsung BD-C7900 Blu-ray player is designed for the HD guru. With two HDMI outputs, the BD-C7900 makes it easy to connect multiple HD sources to experience a full 1080p picture and digital surround sound. The two HDMI outputs also allow for support of legacy receivers so there is no need to upgrade to a new HDMI 1.4 receiver; the user can simply connect their receiver to the HDMI 1.3 output for rich, lifelike surround sound audio. This sleek and stylish device offers built-in WiFi for seamless connectivity to Samsung Apps. It also features Samsung's proprietary AllShare™, which allows people to wirelessly sync digital devices so that they can enjoy music, movies and photos directly from their DLNA certified PC, camera and mobile devices to their Samsung TV screen.
For those looking for a versatile home entertainment experience, Samsung's BD-C6800 Blu-ray player includes built-in WiFi enabling it to wirelessly receive web-based content via Samsung Apps and playback media files from DLNA certified devices via Samsung's AllShare™. The entry-level BD-C5900 is designed for those looking for a high-performing yet affordable 3D Blu-ray player.
All Samsung Blu-ray players support a wide range of media formats and access to an expanding library of applications through Samsung Apps, the first HDTV-based applications store. These new 3D Blu-ray players deliver a premium experience with both 2D and 3D content and allow consumers to future-proof their living rooms for when they are ready to purchase a 3D HDTV.
Series/Model Estimated Selling Price Estimated Availability
BD-C8000 $499.99 July 2010
BD-C7900 $399.99 July 2010
BD-C6800 $279.99 July 2010
BD-C5900 $229.99 July 2010

Powerful New Blu-ray Home Theater Systems Deliver Immersive 3D Experience

The Samsung HT-C9950W is the ultimate combination of beauty, design and performance. It features a modern metallic finish and is the perfect complement to Samsung's award-winning 9000 series LED TV. It delivers jaw-dropping home theater picture quality, and engaging, life-like and immersive entertainment experience that will please anyone looking for the best in home cinema. The HT-C9950W is as feature-rich as it is stylish – with slot-in disc loading, organic touch control buttons and a premium volume wheel. The 7.1 channel 3D surround sound system consists of four floor-standing speakers, two satellite speakers, one center channel unit, an anti-vibration subwoofer, iPod/iPhone dock, two HDMI inputs, and it comes with a dongle for wireless Internet connectivity so that you can easily access new content everyday via Samsung Apps, or use Samsung's AllShare™ to watch content from your DLNA certified devices on the TV.

With the introduction of the HT-C6900W and HT-C6600, Samsung brings together the unsurpassed picture quality of 3D Blu-ray players with vibrant surround-sound audio, all in the perfect home theater package for small spaces.

The Samsung HT-C6600 offers an impressive slate of features – a Blu-ray player with built-in 3D, support for HDMI 1.4, access to Samsung Apps and WiFi dongle for wireless connectivity. In addition, the HT-C6600's patented, high-performance Crystal Amp Pro technology dramatically enhances sound quality through its multi-variable feedback technology to deliver a complete immersive audio experience. The Samsung HT-C6900W offers all the features of the HT-C6600, plus wireless rear speakers, built-in WiFi, and a two-way center channel speaker for enhanced sound quality.

Series/Model Estimated Selling Price Estimated Availability
HT-C9950W $1,799.99 October 2010
HT-C6900W $699.99 June 2010
HT-C6600 $599.99 June 2010

For more information about Samsung, including press releases, video content and product images, please visit: http://www.samsung.com/newsroom.

About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., markets a broad range of award-winning, digital consumer electronics and home appliance products, including HDTVs, home theater systems, MP3 players, digital imaging products, refrigerators and washing machines. A recognized innovation leader in consumer electronics design and technology, Samsung is the HDTV market leader in the U.S. Please visit www.samsung.com for more information
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SAMSUNG EXPANDS BLU-RAY 3D CONTENT AND INTRODUCES WORLD'S LARGEST 3D LED TV FOR THE HOME

New 3D TVs across a range of price points allow everyone to experience immersive 3D at home

RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ, August 11, 2010 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced new 3D content exclusive to Samsung. This fall, Samsung will make available 3D Blu-ray versions of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.'s (Nasdaq: DWA) global 3D blockbuster How to Train Your Dragon, IMAX's original productions Into the Deep and Galapagos, and Giant Screen Films' Mummies: Secrets of the Pharoahs. Samsung also announced four new 3D LED and Plasma TVs, further adding to the world's broadest lineup of 3D home entertainment products. The expanded 3D TV portfolio features Samsung's proprietary technologies and innovative design and larger screen sizes to deliver more immersive 3D experiences.

Samsung's latest line-up of 3D-capable HDTVs and new Blu-ray 3D films underscore its ongoing commitment to give consumers compelling content and superior products that together deliver an outstanding 3D home entertainment experience in the home.
"With 3D, people can explore the wonder of an immersive entertainment experience in the comfort of their homes," said John Revie, senior vice president of Home Entertainment, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. "As the HDTV market leader for four straight years, we are proud to lead the way into the next dimension of premium entertainment and will continue to collaborate with industry leaders like DreamWorks Animation, IMAX and Giant Screen Films to deliver richer content to the home."




Rich Cinematic Content Now Available for the Home

The availability of unique, high-quality 3D content is key to providing consumers a total 3D entertainment experience for the home. To that end, Samsung's ongoing strategic alliance with DreamWorks Animation represents the best in 3D technology and animation, and gives Samsung TV owners exclusive opportunities to access 3D Blu-ray versions of this rich cinematic content. How to Train Your Dragon is among the top ten movies of 2010 and joins Monsters vs. Aliens as the second DreamWorks Animation title available exclusively to Samsung TV owners in 3D Blu-ray.

The IMAX documentaries take audiences on a spectacular three-dimensional exploration of two unique environments and bring the beauty of these locations right into the living room. Into the Deep 3D

captures unique marine life and magnificent undersea worlds. The audience will become sea dwellers, discovering a living breathing kaleidoscope through the magical prism of IMAX 3D technology.

Galapagos is part adventure, part scientific expedition and part fantastic voyage. Viewers are taken on an immersive cinematic experience as they "accompany" the scientists as they delve into the largely unknown waters surrounding the volcanic archipelago to explore the natural wonders of a realm that is truly a living natural science laboratory.

Finally, with Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs, a film made by Giant Screen Films, viewers will travel back in time and experience the grandeur of Egypt in the time of the Pharaohs and explore the mysteries and science enshrouding the ancient royal mummies and their subsequent modern day discoveries. The film is narrated by Christopher Lee of Lord of the Rings fame.

Expanded Range of Full HD 3D LED TVs Delivers Premium 3D Experience

With its sleek 65-inch screen, the new Samsung UN65C8000 is the largest Full HD 3D LED TV available for the home today. Featuring Samsung's built-in 3D processor, Real 240Hz refresh rate technology, dynamic 8,000,000:1 contrast ratio and proprietary Precision Dimming technology, the award-winning LED 8000 series delivers unsurpassed picture quality and an immersive 3D experience in an ultra-slim design. The LED 8000 is WiFi-ready and supports Skype via Samsung Apps. This means that the TV becomes a huge video screen and brings an almost life-like quality to video calls. Keeping in touch with friends and family around the world is now an activity the whole family can participate in, right from the living room. Viewers can also access a full range of apps – such as Hulu Plus and ESPN Next Level – via Samsung Apps at their convenience.

Series/Model Estimated Selling Price Size (inches) Availability
UN65C8000 $5,999.99 65 August 2010

New 3D Plasma HDTVs Make It Easy to Bring the Wonder of 3D Home

Samsung has expanded its 2010 Plasma HDTV line-up with the introduction of three new 3D-enabled plasma TVs that deliver outstanding immersive 3D experience and premium picture quality at an affordable price.

The Plasma 680 Series offers an immersive 3D experience, and underscores Samsung's commitment to performance, design and value. The Samsung Plasma 680 Series features Full HD 1080p resolution and 600Hz Subfield Motion to deliver crisp, lifelike images, and clear motion, while the Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratio creates deep blacks and brilliant colors. Available in 50- or 58-inch screen sizes, the Plasma 680 Series also allows users to share media files stored on PCs or other DLNA-compliant devices on the big-screen via AllShare. The attractive Touch of Color design adds a subtle black-to-dark blue accent to the set's bezel and exceeds the more stringent ENERGY STAR 4.0 standards.


Offering great value and features, the 3D-capable Plasma 490 Series is smartly wrapped in an attractive piano key black cabinet with a dark blue Touch of Color design. Delivering premium picture quality with its Clear Image Panel technology and 600Hz Subfield Motion technologies, the Plasma C490 showcases a high-performance picture quality at a great value.

Series/Model Estimated Selling Price Size (inches) Availability
PN58C680 $2,299.99 58 August 2010
PN50C680 $1,599.99 50 August 2010
PN50C490 $1,099.99 50 August 2010

For more information about Samsung, including press releases, video content and product images, please visit: http://www.samsung.com/newsroom.

About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., markets a broad range of award-winning, digital consumer electronics and home appliance products, including HDTVs, home theater systems, MP3 players, digital imaging products, refrigerators and washing machines. A recognized innovation leader in consumer electronics design and technology, Samsung is the HDTV market leader in the U.S. Please visit www.samsung.com for more information.



Samsung and DreamWorks animation Extend Strategic Alliance To Include Exclusive 3D Blu-ray Version of "How to Train Your Dragon"

Animated Blockbuster Offering Adds to Immersive 3D Entertainment Experience at Home

RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ, August 11, 2010 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced the exclusive availability of the 3D Blu-ray version of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.'s (NASDAQ: DWA) global 3D blockbuster, How To Train Your Dragon. The 3D BD will be featured in Samsung's 3D starter kit, which also includes two pairs of Samsung 3D glasses for at-home viewing.
"Samsung and DreamWorks Animation bring together the best creative talent in animation and the strongest 3D TV technology in order to offer a new dimension of home entertainment. We believe that 3D TV adoption at home will increase as more global 3D hits, such as 'How To Train Your Dragon' are made available to the consumer for 3D home viewing," said John Revie, senior vice president of Home Entertainment, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. "We look forward to a continued collaboration with DreamWorks Animation to deliver such rich content to the living room."
"We are pleased once again to extend our ongoing alliance with Samsung – whose commitment to providing the highest quality out-of-the-box 3D experience at home is unparalleled in the consumer electronics industry – so that DreamWorks Animation fans will soon be able to enjoy a premium version of How To Train Your Dragon in 3D Blu-ray," added John Batter, Co-President of Production at DreamWorks Animation.

How To Train Your Dragon has surpassed $480 million at the worldwide box office to date and is among the top ten movies of 2010, on both a domestic and a worldwide basis. The 3D Blu-ray version will be made available for Samsung 3D TV owners to enjoy at home this fall. It joins Monsters vs. Aliens as the second DreamWorks Animation 3D BD title available exclusively to Samsung 3D TV owners and later in the fourth quarter, Samsung will also make available an exclusive offering of DreamWorks Animation's beloved Shrek film series – all four titles in 3D Blu-ray for the first time ever.

About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., markets a broad range of award-winning, digital consumer electronics and home appliance products, including HDTVs, home theater systems, MP3 players, digital imaging products, refrigerators and washing machines. A recognized innovation leader in consumer electronics design and technology, Samsung is the HDTV market leader in the U.S. Please visit www.samsung.com for more information.
About DreamWorks Animation SKG

DreamWorks Animation creates high-quality entertainment, including CG animated feature films, television specials and series, live entertainment properties and online virtual worlds, meant for audiences around the world. The Company has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. DreamWorks Animation has been named one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" by FORTUNE® Magazine for two consecutive years. In 2010, DreamWorks Animation ranks #6 on the list. All of DreamWorks Animation's feature films are now being produced in 3D. The Company has theatrically released a total of 20 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How To Train Your Dragon. DreamWorks Animation's next feature film is Megamind, scheduled to be released in 3D on November 5, 2010.



IMAX AND SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS AMERICA ANNOUNCE

STRATEGIC MARKETING PARTNERSHIP

IMAX to License Two IMAX® 3D Films for Exclusive Bundling with Samsung 3D Televisions
IMAX Continues Business Growth Initiatives in Television and Content Licensing



NEW YORK, NY and RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ, AUGUST 11, 2010 - IMAX Corporation (NASDAQ:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Samsung Electronics America, Inc., today announced a strategic marketing partnership under which IMAX will license limited use of its trademark and two IMAX® 3D films from its renowned original 3D film library, Into the Deep, and Galapagos. The 3D Blu-ray versions of the films are exclusive for the next 12 months to Samsung's 2010 3D starter kit, which also includes 2 pairs of 3D glasses and is free to people who buy a Samsung 3D TV and a Samsung 3D Blu-ray device. The starter kit will be available starting this fall.

The agreement is consistent with IMAX's stated intent to expand its business through strategic growth initiatives that capitalize on its brand and content, and to partner with leading companies that can deliver new and exciting in-home 3D entertainment. The IMAX brand will be featured on packaging of Samsung products and displayed as part of the promotion of the products in retail stores around the world.

For Samsung, the agreement is part of the company's ongoing commitment to provide consumers with compelling new Blu-ray 3D content that, when shown on its latest line-up of 3D-capable HDTVs, delivers outstanding 3D entertainment in the home.

"Samsung is developing excellent television products that offer a powerful 3D experience for consumers in their living and family rooms," said Richard Gelfond, CEO of IMAX. "IMAX remains focused on partnering with the best companies in the world to help us further extend our brand, establish our presence in the home and capitalize on our premium content, and we believe Samsung will be an strong strategic marketing partner in these efforts."

"3D has raised the bar for immersive entertainment and we believe adoption of 3D will increase as people have more appealing content choices," said John Revie, senior vice president of Home Entertainment, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. "As the market leader in 3D and HDTV, Samsung is proud to lead the way into the next dimension of premium home entertainment and collaborate with IMAX to deliver richer content to the home."
About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., markets a broad range of award-winning, digital consumer electronics and home appliance products, including HDTVs, home theater systems, MP3 players, digital imaging products, refrigerators and washing machines. A recognized innovation leader in consumer electronics design and technology, Samsung is the HDTV market leader in the U.S. Please visit www.samsung.com for more information.

For more information about Samsung, including press releases, video content and product images, please visit: http://www.samsung.com/newsroom.

About IMAX Corporation

IMAX Corporation is one of the world's leading entertainment technology companies, specializing in immersive motion picture technologies. The worldwide IMAX network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event Hollywood films around the globe, with IMAX theatres delivering the world's best cinematic presentations using proprietary IMAX, IMAX® 3D, and IMAX DMR technology. IMAX DMR is the Company's groundbreaking digital re-mastering technology that allows it to digitally transform virtually any conventional motion picture into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience. The IMAX brand is recognized throughout the world for extraordinary and immersive entertainment experiences for consumers. As of June 30, 2010, there were 447 IMAX theatres (325 commercial, 122 institutional) operating in 47 countries.

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience® and The IMAX Experience® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).