New York - Continuing
to throttle the hype engine behind the global launch this week of its 3D HD LED
TVs, Samsung packed Times Square like New
Year's Eve to present the mega pop group the Black Eyed Peas and legendary
"Avatar" director James Cameron for a brief celebration.
The Black Eyed Peas
performed a handful of songs from their current The E.N.D. World Tour, after
Cameron took the stage to announce that the showcase was being filmed in 3D
using the same cameras that he used for "Avatar."
The stunt was a not-so-subtle
publicity coup over Panasonic, which launched its first 3D Blu-ray plasma
systems earlier in the day, and Sony, which has been showing its forthcoming 3D
Bravia sets in Sony Style stores for the past couple of weeks and had loudly promoted
its end-to-end 3D leadership role.
to sponsor "Avatar" and had used the film's trailers in early promotions for 3D
last fall. The Japanese TV maker also had "Avatar" producer Jon Landau speak at
its 2010 CES press conference.
Sony has promoted
the fact that "Avatar" was shot in 3D using Sony equipment.
During the Samsung
event, Cameron told the crowd that he and Vince Pace, who designed the Sony-made
cameras used to shoot "Avatar," were using the same cameras to shoot the Black
Eyed Peas' performance.
Footage from that
and the rest of the tour will be available in 3D exclusively for Samsung
"Samsung has been
such a visionary leader in getting to market first with these sets," Cameron told
the crowd. "Here's one thing to remember. When you look back 10 years from now
and everything you see is in 3D - your movies are in 3D, your sports and entertainment
in the home are 3D â€” you can say, â€˜I was there in New York - the center of the
civilized world â€” when the future began.' That's right here tonight. "
The 3D footage of
the event that was shot by Cameron and Pace's production company Cameron/Pace was
streamed live via Dipdive.com, the lifestyle engine for music, videos and
Samsung said it
used the Black Eyed Peas surprise Times Square
performance to kick off worldwide Samsung 3D launch events and a global
television advertising campaign.
Samsung created a new category in home entertainment by bringing LED TVs to the
market, and now we are adding a new dimension to the category by adding 3D LED
TVs," stated Boo-Keun Yoon, Samsung Electronics' visual display business
unit president. "3D is more than just a groundbreaking technology â€” it's
the future of television, and we are committed to bringing this total viewing
experience to consumers everywhere with the best picture quality in 3D content
performance, Black Eyed Peas front man Will.i.am confessed to leaking news of
the surprise concert to fans, who rapidly spread the word via Twitter.
helped tease the event by deploying B-Boy dancers throughout New York City Wednesday to "highlight the
liberation of TV from 2D to 3D."
excited to help launch the Samsung 3D LED TVs and give our BEP fans exclusive
access to the performance not only via Dipdive.com, but through the 3D
experience," said Will.i.am.
Samsung is now
selling LED models in the 46- and 55-inch screen sizes. The company plans to
have a total of 17 3D products this year, including LED LCD TVs in the 7000,
8000 and 9000 series; a CCFL LCD TV in the 750 series; and plasma displays in
the 7000 and 8000 series.
Samsung also today
revealed its 3D Cube, a mega-screen display composed of 36 55-inch LED 7000-series
3D LED TVs outside the Samsung Experience in New York City. This is one of several 3D
Cubes created by the company to build awareness for FullHD 3D LED TV around the
The campaign will
include a global TV commercial filmed by director Sam Brown that "translates
the immersion of 3D on a 2D TV screen." The ads will begin running in late
March on every continent except Antarctica.