It's official: 3D TV arrives at Future Shop stores across Canada tomorrow

- The good news: Recent survey shows Canadians are surprised by affordable price of new Samsung 3D TVs -

BURNABY, BC, March 25 /CNW/ - The 3D TV revolution starts today in Canada with Future Shop, Canada's leading retailer and e-tailer of consumer electronics, kicking it off with an impressive 3D TV line-up from Samsung. The good news does not stop there: according to a new survey conducted by Angus Reid on behalf by Future Shop, almost half of Canadians (44 per cent) anticipate the new 3D TVs will cost more than $3,000, but in reality, are much more affordable.

"We're thrilled to be one of the first retailers to offer Canadians the opportunity to get their hands on this amazing technology at an affordable price," said Todd Empey, Vice President of Operations, Future Shop. "Together with Samsung, we are now able to enhance the home entertainment experience with 3D TVs."

The first 3D TVs Future Shop will offer Canadians are five Samsung models in three different sizes - 55", 46" and 40". With nearly seven in 10 Canadians most excited to watch movies in 3D, Future Shop will also carry a selection of 3D films and Samsung 3D accessories including a 3D blu-ray disc player and rechargeable 3D glasses.

All new 3D TVs are compatible with regular HDTVs and can feature technology like LED, Wi-Fi, Internet streaming and upconverting capabilities.

"The new Samsung 3D HDTVs are the latest demonstration of our ability to up the ante and provide consumers with a home entertainment experience they never thought possible," said James Murphy, vice president, Retail Sales and Marketing, Samsung Electronics Canada. "We have designed these 3D TVs to complement all the innovative features consumers have come expect from Samsung while also ensuring their compatibility so that the transition to 3D is seamless."

Tune-in to 3D

Below are some of the Samsung 3D TVs and accessories now available at Future Shop stores across Canada and online at Futureshop.ca:

3D TVs and Accessories

    
    1.  Samsung 40" 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV(xx) - Dark Brown - $2499.99
        Web ID: 10140381
        http://tinyurl.com/yhx9dor

    2.  Samsung 46" 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV(xx) - Dark Brown - $2899.99
        Web ID: 10140315
        http://tinyurl.com/ybuc9sw

    3.  Samsung 55" 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV(xx) - Dark Brown - $3699.99
        Web ID: 10140314
        http://tinyurl.com/ybl6jxy

    4.  Samsung Rechargeable Adult 3D Glasses - $249.99
        Web ID: 10140322
        http://tinyurl.com/ybgwwal

    5.  Samsung Rechargeable Children 3D Glasses - $229.99
        Web ID: 10140321
        http://tinyurl.com/yjqr34b

    6.  Samsung 3D Blu-ray Disc Player - $399.99
        Web ID: 10140324
        http://tinyurl.com/ybs4hyt

    7.  Samsung 3D Kit: 2 Pairs of 3D Glasses and Monsters Vs. Aliens 3D
        Blu-ray Movie - $449.99
        Web ID: 10140323
        http://tinyurl.com/yhhellx

    8.  Rocketfish 2.4m Advanced 3D HDMI Cable - $99.99
        Web ID: 10131788
        http://tinyurl.com/yztlcse
    

"This is just the beginning of 3D technology at Future Shop," said Empey. "Customers can expect to see more 3D technologies being rolled out at our stores and online from vendors like Samsung throughout the year and beyond. Keep your eyes peeled too for models exclusive to Future Shop."

*All statistics were gathered through a survey conducted by Angus Reid on behalf of Future Shop*

About Future Shop

With 144 stores across the country and the nation's premier web store (www.futureshop.ca), Burnaby, BC-based Future Shop is Canada's largest retailer and e-tailer of consumer electronics. The company employs more than 10,000 technology enthusiasts, has enabled its website, Futureshop.ca, to deliver unparalleled content about the products it sells. Futureshop.ca also hosts an online community forum and tech blog for technology beginners and tech-savvy experts to exchange ideas, reviews, tips and other consumer electronics information (www.futureshopforums.ca). As a proud corporate citizen, Future Shop has developed solutions to recycle used electronics and is committed to employee volunteerism and supporting non-profits organizations dedicated to transforming local youth into Future Leaders (see www.futureshop.ca/futuregeneration).

About Samsung Electronics Canada

Samsung Electronics Canada, Inc. (SECA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., markets a broad range of award-winning digital consumer electronics, information systems, telecommunications and home appliance products.

SECA upholds Samsung's mission to provide consumers with innovative digital convergence products that possess exceptional technology, quality, features, performance and value. The company oversees the Canadian operations of Samsung's consumer electronics and home appliance division, as well as its mobile communications and information technology division.

Samsung has been a global TOP sponsor of the Olympic Games since 1997 and has been a presenting sponsor of the Olympic Torch Relay from 2004 to 2008. Also through Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope charity, Samsung helps athletes and celebrities raise funds for their respective charities, including the Wayne Gretzky Foundation in Canada. Samsung is also a proud sponsor of Hockey Canada, Stars on Ice and is the official HDTV sponsor of the NFL.

For customer service inquiries, please call 1-800-SAMSUNG (1-800-726-7864), and for more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

SOURCE Future Shop

For further information: For further information: Future Shop media contacts, Elliott Chun, Future Shop, echun@futureshop.com, (604) 412-1764; Stefanie Niewada, Optimum PR, stefanie.niewada@cossette.com, (416) 937-5103; Tamar Nersesian, Optimum PR, tamar.nersesian@cossette.com, (416) 969-1291; Samsung media contacts, Jennifer Stein, Apex PR, jstein@apexpr.com, (416) 924-4442, ext. 227

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