Panasonic to offer ‘Avatar’ 3D Blu-ray with new TVs

We still have no idea when Fox plans to bring the 3D edition of “Avatar” to stores everywhere, but we do know one way to get it ahead of everyone else (it just might cost a little more than the price of a Blu-ray).

Panasonic Australia has announced that customers who purchase any Panasonic 3D TV between November 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010 will be given a free copy of the yet-to-be-released 3D edition of James Cameron’s “Avatar,” the very movie that relaunched 3D when it was released late last year.

Customers will also receive a 3D Blu-ray home theatre system and an extra pair of 3D glasses, adding  $1,348 (RRP) of extra value to their 3D TV purchase.

Naturally, anyone who has already purchased a Panasonic 3D TV might be feeling left out, which is why the company will be providing a free copy of Avatar 3D to anyone who has already bought one.

There is a catch, however: you will have to pay a $98 postage fee when you redeem the offer with Panasonic, and it could take up to eight weeks to receive the goodies.

If they don’t want to take on the cost of a second 3D TV,  owners of Samsung, Sony, Sharp, LG, and any other 3D TVs we’ve missed will need to wait until the exclusive Panasonic-Avatar arrangement expires before they can add the blockbuster to their ‘third dimension’ movie collection. We’re guessing this will happen in early 2011.