Toshiba launches first 3D TVToshiba unveils its Regza WL768 series
03 September 2010
Toshiba has revealed the first details of its new range of LED 3D TVs, featuring an integrated Freeview HD tuner.
The Regza WL768 series will be available in three sizes, 40-, 46-, and 55- inch, and will use the popular active shutter system to produce the illusion of 3D. This is the method favoured by most manufacturers, with only one passive model currently available on the market, from LG.
Active shutter 3D
The WL series will come with one pair of active shutter glasses for watching 3D TV. Active shutter technology uses an infrared transmitter to communicate with the glasses to block out the view in each lens in sync with the image on the screen. Unlike some models from other manufacturers, the WL series transmitter that sends the 3D signal to the glasses is integrated into the TV. This means that a transmitter does not have to be purchased separately.
Extra sets of active shutter glasses will have to be purchased for more than one person to enjoy the 3D experience, however. Pricing of additional pairs is yet to be confirmed, but is likely to be around £80.
See our reviews of the latest 3D TVs, as well as other new models, on our TV reviews page.
In addition to 3D, the WL series will also feature an integrated Freeview tuner, allowing viewers to access free high-definition content from providers such as the BBC and ITV. The Freeview service is currently being rolled out nationwide, with full UK coverage expected by 2012.
Find out more about Freeview with our free guide
The new Regza series features integrated wi fi, allowing the TV to access online content from providers such as BBC iPlayer and YouTube, via specially designed applications. It's possible to connect a keyboard and mouse, as well as searching for content via the remote.
The WL series can also connect to a home network to share digital content from Windows 7 devices. Files such as video, music and images can be sent from the network to the TV using it's Toshiba Media Controller, which features a drag-and-drop interface.
The Regza WL series will be available to purchase from October, in 40-, 46-, and 52-inch sizes. Pricing has not yet been confirmed.
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