Hardware is on display at CES

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This year, 3D HD televisions finally hit showrooms. Although many will be offered in beta prototypes at CES, price tags and availability dates should be on display.

Before CES 2010, if you wanted a 3D-capable TV, you could buy one of 25 models offered by Mitsubishi Digital Electronics of America. These sets have been on the market since 2006, with 1.5 million now in use. This year, the company is pushing 3D in the retail environment with a kiosk for watching movie trailers, live events and games in 3D.

Samsung will debut a range of 3D HDTVs, including three LED TVs. The company also will introduce a 1080p plasma HDTV with 3D technology, and a Blu-ray player capable of 3D playback.

At last year's CES, Panasonic showed HD 3D on a 103-inch plasma screen. This year the company will show a range of 3D HDTV plasmas and unveil a 3D Blu-ray player. Pricing has not been set but all the 3D plasmas and Blu-ray players will be available by April.

LG Electronics, which offers a single 47-inch 3D TV, plans to launch a line of 3D TVs in the second half and announced a partnership with Korea Digital Satellite Broadcasting (SkyLife) to promote the 3D TV marketplace.

Sony expects that 3D TVs will account for up to 50% of its total TV shipments by 2013. In addition to adding 3D to its PlayStation 3 (via a firmware update) and 3D Blu-ray players, it plans to launch a 3D-capable Bravia TV set.

For early adopters, JVC is offering a 46-inch 3D HD monitor for $9,000.
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