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How to Find Shows for Your New 3D TV

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Now that you’ve purchased and set up your brand new 3D television, how can you find channels and shows that you can use it for? There are few options currently available for those looking for television broadcasts in 3D but that number is growing as 3D and the many devices that are combatable with it climb in popularity.

1. DirectTV/Time Warner Cable Subscription: The good news is that shortly after the release of many of these 3D TVs, there are going to be several channels available through cable providers like DirecTV and as a result, you should be able to access them through cable or satellite subscription plans. DirecTV is said to be beginning access in partnership with Panasonic to provide 3D channels in June with 3 channels, one of which will be a payperview channel. Despite being a partnership between the electronics company and DirecTV, it is intended to be accessible by all 3D TVs while Time Warner is still in talks with companies like ESPN about how to proceed with such channels in the near future.

2. Sky TV: Those who want to catch a glimpse of how 3D TV will work can do so through Sky TV’s EPG, a preview channel intended to have started by April 3rd. If you have a Sky + HD subscription, you’ll have free access to this preview channel as long as you also have use of a compatible 3d TV and glasses. To gain access, you need to call Sky with the details of your 3D TV. The channel will air movies, sports and entertainment in 3D to those who call. The company is also running access to 3D television in select British pubs where football (soccer in the States) is often viewed.

3.ESPN: The channel intends to begin airing 3D content starting on June 11th. This won’t be a full time investment however, at least not at first. The network intends to air 85 different live events during the first year that 3D television is available though just what those events will be has yet to be discussed. Sports is one of the most popular subjects for 3D TV among enthusiasts and there’s likely to be quite a bit of focus on how it turns out when brought to television outside of the few random airings that have occurred in the past few months.

4. PS3: Those who own a PS3 will also have a chance to gain access to 3D television through a firmware update slated to happen in the next few months. This also means of course that there are likely to be games designed to take advantage of the popular format. It can be assumed that the system’s PSN network will provide access to 3D film and other content once the firmware update occurs.

5. 3D DVD: In the meantime there are several films being produced with a 3D copy on DVD. This means that if you buy your 3D television and you don’t yet have access to channels with content, you can always watch existing and recently 3D formatted films while you wait for that access.

            Samsung 3D TV Vs. Panasonic 3D TV : A Comparison

            Monday, April 12th, 2010

            Plasma V/S LCD

            At its heart, the comparison between Panasonic and Samsung is largely a comparison between plasma and LCD. This was true of both types when HD came out and is true once again with 3D.  What are the differences? LCD offers a focus toward richer blacks and a deeper picture while plasma offers brighter colors and a sharper picture. Inevitably this means that there are differences in the way they display 3D.

            1. Processing Speed: LCD TVs and Samsung with them are still coping with issues in this area though there has been a marked increase in the slow down issue that once caused issues for the TV. Current models are able to offer 120, 240, and 480 Hz in refresh rates far better than original levels. Panasonic’s plasma TVs never really struggled on this issue and as a result have had an edge.  Plasma doesn’t deal with motion blurs or side to side panning blurs in their models and have been estimated to have a refresh rate at about 600 Hz.  This means that Panasonic offers true HD 1080p while Samsung is only able to offer 600 to 800 lines of resolution. Overall both offer a great picture and for those who aren’t 1080p purists this wont pose as much of a factor.

            2. 3D Performance: Overall, the image results are similar and both offer good depth to the image on viewing but crosstalk (the effect of the twin images that make up 3D crossing each other) caused both to be a little frustrating when the effect occurs.  In the Samsung, this effect was slightly worse likely due to the slowdown issue caused by its lower refresh rate. As a result, the Panasonic model works better for a longer period such as during a full length film.

                Other Factors

                3. Glasses: One of the largest drawbacks of having a 3D TV is the glasses that are a required part of the experience. None of them are very attractive and can become uncomfortable over time this is more true with the Samsung glasses, which are heavier and weigh on you as time passes.  Panasonic’s glasses offer 3 different nose bridges and a neck strap to offer more comfort to the wearer.

                4. Cost: Again the differences in price are quite clear.  Samsung forgoes offering a set of glasses with their model while Panasonic includes a set (each pair of glasses cost about $150). This means that you’ll need to pay for any extra glasses and a blue ray player made to play 3D as well (this is about $400) unless you have a PS3 and can hold out for the update. If the average family of  four were to buy a 3D set the costs would be about $ 3350 for the Panasonic and  $3700 for the Samsung (largely due to cost of buying all the glasses needed). That’s a difference of $350.

                    Pros and Cons of Buying a 3D Television in 2010

                    Monday, April 12th, 2010

                    Deciding whether or not to buy a 3D television this year could be a major decision in many households. This is due to the several factors both pro and con and merits some serious discussion. Here are some of the major points that could affect your decision.

                    Pro: Having 3D television means getting your hands on some of the latest tech: Buying one of these 3D wonders means that you’ll be enjoying some of the best imaging, improved black and color features, excellent add-ons and features such as hand touch controls.

                    Con: The viability of 3D Devices is thus far unproven: Nobody wants to be spending money on a service or device that never takes off or fails. The risks involved with investing in 3D television can be enough to give even the most tech hungry reason to pause as it is too new to predict the potential outcome.

                    Pro: This isn’t your grandpa’s 3D: If you had images of Jaws 3-D in mind, you’re in for a surprise. Several new films have come out which were filmed in the 3-D format this time to great success. In fact, the new trend in 3D devices stems from the renewed interest in the medium generated by those films and the far improved image and validity of the format.  This is a potential breakthrough in media and like color and HD television before, it could be the next major and lasting change to the medium.

                    Con: It still requires glasses and may still cause eye strain for some: While they’re no longer blue and red (the new glasses are in fact more like shades), yes the glasses are still a required part of the package. This is because 3D relies on tricking the eye to get the desired visual response through filming with two cameras representing the vision of each eye. This means that our eyes attempt correct any image issues such as blurring however and this causes eye strain.

                    Con: The cost: There’s a great deal of money involved with getting your 3D system to work at its optimum. This means buying a TV, most likely a compatible blue ray or DVD player and almost certainly a few pairs of the glasses. While some of the companies say they’ll be including at least 2 pairs of them with each TV, this doesn’t cover guests or extra family members. If you only recently afforded your HD system, you’re also unlikely to be able to afford the upgrade.

                    Pro: There are options:  The cost is high no matter what you do; it’s new tech and most 3D systems are 45-55 inches in size.  The good news is that many companies offer special package deals or in the case of Vizio’s model a reduced rate (about $2,000). Panasonic’s model is offered through Best Buy with a compatible blue ray player for instance.

                    Con: Few shows, stations or other media are offered in 3D: For the moment, the options of media directly available in 3D are very limited and this can be a major drawback for those who want to have an optimum 3D setup.

                    Pro: It’s on the way: While the amount of 3D media is limited, for now there are already steps being taken to remedy this. With the popularity and success of recent films such as Alice in Wonderland and Avatar, there is a lot of action being taken to produce more films and shows in the medium.

                    Top 5 3D TVS of 2010

                    Monday, April 12th, 2010

                    Have you heard about 3D TVS? If you keep an ear out for new tech, you’re sure to have heard about the many 3D device debuts at January’s CES but if you’re not tech savvy, you may need to know a little about these newest models before you buy.

                    1. Sony Bravia XBR-LX900: This latest offering from Sony comes with 3D, localized dimming, integrated wi-fi, USB and DNLA connectivity, accessible content via a BRAVIA line through Sony, Motionflow PRO 240 Hz and Monolith Design to improve image, Opticontrast panel, clear surface sheet and resin sheeting between glass and display panel for the reduction of reflection and refraction of light.It also features the innovative Sony Intelligence Presence Sensor ( a device intended to cut down usage while you are out of the room by detecting your presence). This 3D TV model comes in sizes between 40 and 60 inches and a classy slim line look.

                    2. Panasonic TC-PVT25: Sold with the special 3D glasses included (a major component of the  3D effect promised through a special shutter system that helps improve the image), this television series is one of the very first to debut and is being sold through Best Buy as a 3D pack including a 3D compatible DVD player. As a successor to the HDTVs that preceded it, this set promises great picture and fewer image problems than some of the other models may have. This TV delivers full 1080p to both eyes of the glasses, 50, 54, 58 and 64 inch classes, VIERA CAST IPTV functionality (Twitter, Pandora, Netflix, and FOXSports access in addition to previous versions ), THX certified, SKYPE video calling, Infinite Black Pro, and Optional Wi-fi.

                    3. Samsung 9000 Series: This 3D enabled, back lit LCD television line boasts a pencil thin  ultra slim design, built-in 3D processing unit, true 240 hz 1080p playback(which removes blurring from edges), wi-fi, energy efficiency, access to several apps through the Samsung store including Netflix and full color touch-screen remote (which also allows another viewer to watch a separate channel on the remote while the television is in use). In addition it can convert standard 2D into 3D images.  This series has a 46 and 55 inch model that have a fantastic brushed metal look.

                    4. Toshiba ZX900 Cell TV: With 3D effects powered by the new CELL broadband engine technology, hand activated volume, channel selection and 3D mode( this ability is created by the video camera on the top of the set that reads your hand motion to determine its actions) this television is another great offering from Toshiba. It also offers 480 Hz refresh rate in addition to the great imaging provided by the CELL technology which makes the 3D imaging that much more vivid, 2D to 3D upconversion, local dimming tech, LED backlighting, 1 TB hard drive, and 802.11n built in wireless connectivity for accessing other network devices and content services like Pandora, Netflix and VUDU.

                    5. Vizio XVT Pro Series:  Vizio is a great company for quality items at a fraction of the cost of bigger name brands and they too will have a great new 3D TV featuring LED backlighting technology, smart dimming hardware (to improve colors and increase the depth of blackness) , built in wireless HDMI (which allows you to connect HD equipment without he tedium of HDMI cables) and a 480 Hz refresh rate for improved imaging and reduced blurring.

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