Although 3D as a feature didn't become commonplace on HDTVs until 2010, Mitsubishi and Samsung have both been shipping a number of 3D-ready models for several years. However, they rely on a different input format than the one used by 3D Blu-ray movies, 3DTV broadcasts and most 3D videogames so an adapter is required to make it work, which Mitsubishi released for its own DLP TVs last year. While enthusiasts on AVSForum quickly developed workarounds to get them working with some of Samsung's DLPs as well, those won't be necessary now that Mitsubishi is releasing the 3DC-100S, which will work with Samsung's TVs (only projection sets, not plasmas) right out of the box. right now it's available as a part of a $449 MSRP starter pack bundle but word is it should be available on its own shortly, in case you want to check out some ESPN 3D action without shelling out for a brand new TV set, press release is after the break.

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New 3D Starter Pack from Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America Supports Samsung 3D-ready DLP TVs

Irvine, CA – January 27, 2011 – Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America (MDEA) today announced a new 3D Starter Pack that enables owners of both Mitsubishi and Samsung 3D-ready DLP® TVs to enjoy the ultimate in immersive, large screen, theater-like 3D home entertainment. The Mitsubishi 3DC-100S, which became available todayonline at www.Mitsubishi-TV.com, comes complete with two pairs of active shutter 3D eyewear, a 3D emitter, an updated 3D Adapter with remote, an HDMI® cable as well as a Disney® 3D Blu-ray® disc that includes 3D trailers of "A Christmas Carol", "Alice In Wonderland" and "Toy Story 3" along with an educational short on 3D presented by Disney's infamous Timon and Pumba.

The new 3D starter pack, which retails for $449.99, converts all mandatory 3D signal formats as prescribed by HDMI 1.4a for display on all Mitsubishi and Samsung 3D-ready DLP TVs, which allows consumers to enjoy 3D sports, movies, gaming and other 3D content.

Mitsubishi's 3DC-100S supports the following Samsung 3D-ready DLP TVs*:

650 Series​​​750 Series​​​75 Series
HL61A650C1F (tested model) HL61A750A1F (tested model)​HL-T5075S (tested model)
HL50A650C1F ​​ HL67A750A1F​​ HL-T4675S
HL56A650C1F​​​​​​​ HL-T5675S
HL72A650C1F

76 Series​​​87/88 Series​​​89 Series (not tested)
HL-T6176S (tested model)​HL-T5687S (tested model)​HL-T5089S
HL-5076S​​​HL-T5087S​​ HL-T5689S
HL-T5676S​​ HL-T6187S​​ HL-T6189S
HL-T7288S

For now, the 3DC-100S will only be sold direct to consumers by Mitsubishi, and there is currently no plan to make this item available to authorized Mitsubishi brick and mortar retailers. Samsung has requested to sell this product via Samsungparts.com. We are currently discussing this option with Samsung, and will provide an update if this happens.


About Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc.
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc., manufactures and markets a comprehensive line of premium quality 1080p 3D DLP Home Cinema TVs and Unisen™Immersive Sound LED TVs, along with the world's first laser TV: LaserVue®. Recognized as the world leader and innovator of large display high-definition televisions, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America builds products that lead the industry in quality, performance and ease-of-use. For additional information about MDEA, visit www.mitsubishi-tv.com.

LaserVue is a registered trademark of Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc. DLP is a trademark of Texas Instruments. HDMI is a registered trademark of HDMI Licensing, LLC. Disney is a registered trademark of the Walt Disney Company. Blu-ray is a registered trademark of the Blu-ray Disc Association.

The DLP chip has an unparalleled 8 microsecond pixel response time which is up to 1,000 times faster than nearly any other imaging technology. (source: http://www.dlp.com/hdtv/)

For support of all 3D formats, Mitsubishi 3D-capable TVs will require the use of a 3D source device that outputs the 3D checkerboard format or a 3D source device coupled with the Mitsubishi 3D adapter. In all cases an emitter and matching 3D active shutter glasses or DLP Link active shutter glasses are required in order to view 3D content.
The Mitsubishi 3D Adapter may be used to display 3D content only when connected to a Mitsubishi 3D-capable TV or a Mitsubishi 3D TV. A 3D source device coupled with the Mitsubishi 3D adapter is required to support display of 3D games, 3D broadcasts from terrestrial/cable/satellite and 3D Blu-Ray disc content.
*Mitsubishi has tested the 3D signal adapter from the 3DC-100S with representative models from several series of Samsung 3D-ready DLP HDTVs. Mitsubishi has not tested all Samsung 3D-ready DLP HDTV models or series and cannot guarantee compatibility with non-tested models or series. Samsung 3D-ready Plasma TVs are not compatible with the 3D signal adapter from the 3DC-100S.