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LG 3D TV and 3D Blu-ray set for May UK launch

LG 3D range compatible with Sky's 3D service

LG LX9900

LG says it plans to sell a full 3D range in the UK from May including 3D TVs and 3D Blu-ray player.

LG says that it is first in the UK to introduce passive 3D technology LCD TV with its LD920 TV, which it says is being rolled out in pubs across the UK and Ireland. Viewers will be able to watch live football including Premier League matches broadcast by Sky in 3D, prior to the introduction of Sky 3D to homes later this year.

This Spring LG will launch its first products for the home, the LX9900 3D-ready TV and the BX580 3D Blu-ray player.

We test all the latest TVs so see the Which? LCD and plasma TV review to find out how they do in our lab tests.

LG LX9900 3D TV

LG says the full LED LX9900 will provide the ultimate in home entertainment, with better picture quality and unique single layer ultra-slim Infina design. It will be available in a 47-inch and 55-inch screen. 

According to LG, the televisions use active 3D technology – all the components that transform the TV picture into 3D are in the 3D glasses worn by the viewer. The active shutter system within the glasses works with high definition up to 1080p, and LG says that each eye gets a full high definition (HD) image for a more detailed complete picture. 

The TV has built in Freeview HD so viewers can watch high definition TV at home without any additional subscription or contract. The LG Netcast feature allows viewers to access internet applications such as YouTube through the TV. 

For more information on HD TV and Freeview HD check out the Which? guide to Freeview HD explained.

LG BX580 3D Blu-ray player

The BX580 plays 3D Blu-ray films as well as normal Blu-ray disks and DVDs. LG says the player has a number of features to make accessing information easier, including wireless technology to access internet applications and the ability to stream information from your home PC or mobile directly to your living room.

We’ll be testing this model as soon as it’s available but in the meantime have a look at the Which? Blu-ray player review to see how LG’s current models perform.

Sky’s 3D service 

Sky confirmed at CES that Sky 3D, it’s forthcoming 3D TV service and Europe’s first 3D TV channel, will be compatible across LG’s entire range of 3D TVs. 

Sky’s 3D TV service will launch in pubs and clubs in April and then will be available to more than 2.1 million Sky+HD homes later this year. Sky says the service will work across all passive and active 3D TVs that are due to go on sale, including all those developed by LG. 

Brian Lenz, director of product design and TV product development at Sky said: ‘Alongside innovative TV manufacturing partners, we’re looking forward to helping the UK take a global lead in bringing 3D into the home.’

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