By Patrick Avenell

SYDNEY, NSW: Hardcore fans of both football codes will be able to relive their team’s unlikely victory, or in the case of St George Illawarra and St Kilda, inevitable choking, on one of two new Samsung 3D Blu-ray players with included PVRs. What’s more, this vision can be extracted for sharing through an on-board USB slot.

The two new players have been released in the build up to the first ever 3D football grand finals, with both the AFL and the NRL title deciders to be broadcasted in this new format. Teams in both competitions will be looking to break premiership droughts, with only Geelong in the AFL having won a Flag in the last 20 years; and St George, a now-unbackable favourite in the NRL looking to break a 31-year dry spell.

That means these long-suffering fans will probably want to have copies of the games on hand should they have to wait another generation before having their dreams realised. As Samsung’s AFL team, Essendon, didn’t even make the finals this season, it wasn’t too keen on talking up other teams’ chances, instead preferring to talk up its latest release.

“We’re offering Australian consumers the chance to futureproof their living rooms with tomorrow’s technology today,” said group manager, AV, Evan Manolis.

“Beyond their ability to play and record 2D and 3D content, these Blu-ray players also allow for easier content sharing with other devices using wireless AllShare or USB 2.0 connectivity, and include a wireless LAN Adapter with access to Samsung’s Internet@TV services and Samsung Apps.”

The two new Samsung Blu-ray Players with inbuilt PVRs are the BD-C8900A (500GB, RRP $899) and the BD-C8800A (250GB, RRP $699).

Before anyone writes in to complain, let it be known that Patrick Avenell supports both these inevitable chokers.