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History of 3D TV

Monday, April 12th, 2010

3D has been around for many years but 3D television is a recent development, right? Actually 3D television and 3D technology go back quite a bit farther than you might think. 3D actually began with the invention of photography in 1838 and the invention of stereoscope; the very first device that could photograph in 3D. From there, 3D photography grew to be employed in film. The first 3D camera for motion capture came in the invention of the Kinematoscope in 1855 and the first film was released in 1922 and was called The Power of Love. The first color 3D film was produced in 1935.

3D movies continued to be made and as time passed, in 1947 the Soviet Union released Robinson Crusoe. The films Bwana Devil in 1952 and House of Wax in 1953 were some of the first of more than sixty 3D films made during the 50s and 60s, a period during which there were also several advances in the way 3D filming was done. Many of these innovations helped in reducing the amount of equipment taken to make a 3D image and speeding up the process on many levels.  As a result of these films, 3D serials started being aired on television during the fifties. Yes, that’s right 3D TV has been with us nearly as long as the television itself! Unfortunately the medium grew to be too tedious because of the inferior viewing conditions in most movie theaters and the complex and often expensive equipment needed to make the films.

As you may already know, the 3D format began to be used again during the 70s and 80s in such films as Friday the 13th Part 3 and Jaws 3D. These films led to some success but soon interest flagged and the medium was dropped until the IMAX premiered at Expo ’86 in Vancouver. Until 2001 the format saw only sparing use due to the prohibitive costs and limited interest in the mainstream film industry. Since 2001 computer animation, digital cameras and now 3D home theater systems have begun the process of making 3D a fully realized and accessible medium for everyone. With these advances, we are now seeing the return of 3D television in a far richer and more fully realized format.

Starting in 2010, we will have access to 3D televisions, blue ray players, films, and 3D television stations.  Films like Alice in Wonderland and Avatar have opened the eye of the imagination and helped the 3D format to regain enough popularity to bring about renewed interest. Improved image tools, filming equipment and a wide array of advances in film making and production have allowed a very old idea to finally be brought to its true potential. With the new televisions and soon the regularly running 3D television channels there’s a very real possibility that 3D can  not only remain a useful medium but also become a major component of future innovations as color and HD were before it.

Scheduled 3D TV Model Releases for 2010 Summer

Monday, April 12th, 2010

2010 will be the year of the 3D television; the interest may seem uncertain and the costs great but there is no doubt that this is true. With a wealth of information available and several locations to test them out, the only real question that remains is “when?” Below you’ll find a list of this year’s 3D TVs and their release dates.

1. Panasonic TC-PVT25 : Panasonic’s 3D television debuted at Best Buy stores on March 10th and shortly thereafter sold out. Offered as a bundle with a compatible 3D blue ray player these TVs offer great picture, full 1080p in both eyes, access to sites like Twitter, Netflix, Pandora and FoxSports through its VIERRA CAST IPTV, SKYPE video calling, THX certification and wi-fi access.

2. Samsung 9000 Series: Samsung also released their new 3D TVs in March. Their TVs are the first LEDs to be released with the built in 3D processing unit, boast a pencil thin thickness, energy efficiency, wi-fi, 2D to 3D conversion, true 240 Hz 1080p playback, access to several apps through the Samsung app shop (this includes things like Netflix), a full color touch screen remote that allows a 2nd person to watch another channel on the remote, and comes in 46 and 55 inch models. Glasses will have to purchased separately however.

3. LG LX9500 3D TV: This model is slated for early May and comes with quite a few interesting features. With a sleek slim design (about the width of a pencil), 47 or 57 inch screen, and claims to be the first LED 3D TV and to be able to provide that 3D without the glasses. It’s also able to load 3D still shots and other items from your camera without having to convert it on a pc first.

4. Sony Bravia XBR-LX900: Sony’s 3D TV is due out in June this year. The Bravia comes with DNLA connectivity, integrated wi-fi, localized dimming, advanced protection from refracted and reflected light to prevent glare, Sony Intelligence Pr4sence Sensor (this detects if you’re still in the room and dims then shuts off the TV if you are gone for long), accessible content for the Bravia through a line to Sony’s shop, Motionflow Pro 240 Hz and Monlith Design to improve image output, and Opticontrast panel.  The Bravia comes in 40 and 60 inch screen sizes and a slim line look.

5. Vizio XVT Pro Series: These TVs already have quite the reputation for having released a solid HD television at a price that many could afford. Now this company is releasing a 3D TV in August. Their 3D TV comes with LED backlighting technology, a 480Hz refresh rate (which improves image and reduces blurring), smart dimming hardware to improve colors and the depth of blackness, built in wireless HDMI (negating the need for HDMI cables) among other options. All of which makes it an excellent option for those with a low 3D budget who still want a great TV.

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.

            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.

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