Japanese viewers to get first 3-D TV

Hyundai It Japan's E465 on sale for $4,980

Japanese auds will be the first in the world to see regularly skedded TV shows in 3-D.

Korean company Hyundai It Japan’s E465 3-D TV, which requires special glasses to see the effect, went on sale for $4,980 in Tokyo on Saturday.

This will allow auds to watch the 3-D content that Nippon BS Broadcasting (BS 11), a digital satcaster subsid of the NTV net, has been airing since December.

The station airs an hour of 3-D programming daily, including sports events, travel shows and animal docus. It plans to air live 3-D sports in summer or fall.  

Hyundai It Japan will launch a 32-inch 3-D model in August for $2,000. Also in the works are 50-inch and larger models that will not require glasses to see the 3-D images. 

3-D capable TVs from Samsung are on display at NAB in Las Vegas this week, but Samsung is not yet marketing the feature because there is no content available Stateside.

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