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In a bid to become the leading supplier of 3D TVs, Samsung will bundle every one of its 3D tellies and Blu-ray Disc players with two pairs of active-shutter specs and a copy of Monsters vs Aliens, the company announced last night.

While many potential buyers won't be too excited by the prospect of a free BD, active-shutter glasses are set to be a significant additional expense for anyone planning to buy a 3D TV.

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Samsung's bundle tacitly acknowledges this, and most 3D TV makers aren't putting themselves out to make glasses pricing available. Pairs are expected to retail for around £100.

Samsung said it began mass-producing 3D TVs in January, and in February announced it would begin selling its 3D-capable kit in Europe this month: new, 3D-capable members of its existing 8 and 7 series of LED TVs and 6-series LCDs. It will also release a 3D Blu-ray player, the BD-C6900.

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...and goodnight from him

It said 3D plasmas TVs will also appear come "late Spring", as will 9-series LEDs and a home theatre rig, the HT-C6930W.

All of the 3D models will feature built-in Ethernet connection and what Samsung called "wireless-ready capabilities", which essentially means they have a USB port that can take an optional dongle. ®

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