Which? researchers were invited to Samsung’s labs for an exclusive look at the manufacturer’s latest line up of LED TVs.
The new Samsung TVs will launch in March, with the 40-inch and larger versions of the C7000 series, the C8000 series and the C9000 series all being 3D ready and featuring 200Hz processors.
Freeview HD tuners on new Samsung LED TVs
These models will all have integrated Freeview HD tuners, which will allow owners to watch the HD channel from the BBC and HD channels from ITV, Channel 4 and Channel Five as these broadcasters begin transmitting their Freeview HD content throughout year.
All of the models in these series will offer Wi-Fi internet connectivity, which will allow them to play online video content from sources such as the BBC iPlayer, YouTube and the film rental company, LoveFilm.
Samsung C7000 LED TV video
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LoveFilm on Samsung Wi-Fi enabled TVs
All of the models in the C7000 series and above will feature two USB ports that will let you record TV programmes to an external hard drive through the TV’s Electronic Programme Guide (EPG). These recordings will be encrypted so that they can only be played back on the TV that they are recorded from.
To get 3D content, owners will either have to subscribe to the forthcoming 3D channel from Sky, or buy a 3D Blu-ray player. The 3D channel from Sky will initially be available at no extra cost to existing subscribers to Sky’s top HD package. 3D Blu-ray players will launch from a number of manufacturers this spring.
Samsung 3D TVs
To watch the 3D content, viewers will need to use active shutter 3D glasses. Samsung explained to us that there will be several 3D packages available, where customers will be able to buy a 3D TV, a 3D Blu-ray player and get some 3D glasses and 3D Blu-rays bundled together. If you buy a 3D TV on its own you’ll need to buy the 3D glasses separately.
The standard 3D glasses can be worn over a regular pair of glasses and are powered by a small battery. Samsung is also going to launch two styles of 3D goggles (an adult design and a child design), which can be charged through the TV’s USB port. Samsung says that the 3D goggles will last for around 25 hours of viewing between charges, while the battery-powered 3D glasses will provide around 50 hours of 3D viewing per battery.
The 3D capable Samsung TVs will also be able to convert 2D material into pseudo 3D. The TVs have an integrated 2D to 3D slider ranging from one to ten – with ten having the most dramatic 3D effect.
We’ll be testing these models in our labs when they launch, but in the meantime, you can check out hundreds of LCD and plasma TV reviews in our TV report.
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