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In search of the right HD TV

Shopping for a new HD TV for your home is not a stroll in the park. You could easily be overwhelmed with the number of available models. Add to the complication in choosing is the long list of features that would seem to get you nowhere.
Nevertheless there are some basic things that you can consider ahead before jumping into the more complex options. For instance, many people tend to neglect the room size where they want their HD TV to be placed. It’s not just about picking how big you want for the HD TV screen. You should well consider how big your room is and if the screen size is appropriate for it. you can ask the sales person for advice on the viewing distance given your room size, and he’ll be able to recommend the size range of HD TV that is best for you.
Budget is probably the next important thing to consider. How much are you willing to spend on that high definition viewing experience? The price range can run from as slow as $400 to as much as $5000. It depends on a lot of things, like size of the screen, special features that come with it, and other add-ons. It also depends on the display type, whether LCD, LED or Plasma. Setting the budget would help you trim down the list of models that you can choose.
Lastly, consider what’s your primary intention is for buying that HD TV. Is it for HD TV viewing? Watching HD movies? Gaming? This will help you decide what features you really need and what features you can left out when choosing the HD TV for you. You might need to get one with a high resolution rate and refresh rate if you plan to use it most of the time for playing your favorite game console. For HD TV viewing, you can go for the model with the minimum specs.

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HD TV: what to look for

We have to accept the fact that the good old tube TVs are soon to be like the dinosaurs: obsolete. With so many HD TVs now being sold in the market at very competitive price, this can be a good time to start scouting for a new HD TV. However, there are things to keep in mind to ensure that you get the best model for your viewing entertainment
So far the most important thing to consider is CONTRAST. But don’t be deceived by marketing people who would claim their HD TV is capable of something like 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. The fact is that there is no way at present to prove such a rate. The best practical way to do this is to check the blacks. By blocking out the ambient light from your view as you watch a dark scene, try to see if there is total black, you would want to consider an HD TV that is capable of the brightest white and darkest black.
The next thing is VIEWING ANGLE. If you watch the HD TV screen from different angles like from different sides, try to determine if there are quick shifting and fading of colors. If there are, then that is not what you are looking for.
Next, check on the MOTION RESOLUTION. This is important for sports fanatic. When viewing a sports event, there should be no image blur anywhere on the playing field. Blurring also occurs in fast motion movies, so do check them as well.
There are other factors to consider before you finally decide which HD TV model to buy. Be sure you look into the crispiness of the picture, color richness and vibrancy, among others. Of course, one of the last things you should consider is your budget.

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HD TV: selecting your display type

With so many different HD TV being offered on the market, selecting what’s best for your viewing preference can sometimes become a complicated thing. While it is easier to choose what size you want based on the price and space where you plan to put it, selecting the display type is another issue.
HD TV come in four basic display types: LCD, LED, Plasma and Real-projection TV
LCD-based HD TVs come in sizes 19 inches to 65 inches. These are most ideal in bright rooms. The main advantage is that it uses less power than plasma displays. Also, LCD TVs are more affordable than its counterparts.
LED-based HD TVs vary in sizes from 32 inches and up. These TVs have better picture quality over LCD TVs. Plus, it consumes less power. LED TVs also comes in thinner panels because of its technological design. The only downside for this display type is the price. It’s quite expensive at the moment to own an LED TV, so this is only recommended for buyers who are willing to spend more bucks on a thinner panel and better quality.
Plasma-based HD TVs are currently being manufactured by companies like Samsung, Panasonic and LG. This is the ideal HD TV when intended for use in a dark room because of its known black-level performance. Some pictures or movies are best shown in a dark room, much like watching in the movie theater. However, plasma TVs are consume high power, so unless if you’re ok with that and have preference watching in dark room, this display type may not be the one for you.
Rear-projection TVs come in sizes starting at 60 inches and up. At present, only Mitsubishi manufactures these types of HD TVs. People who thirst for huge screens may want to consider this, along with the big price on the tag.

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3D Gaming – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

As an avid gamer myself, I’ve inevitably gravitated towards the 3D gaming scene. I actually own a couple of different 3D televisions and all three of the current major gaming consoles, which kind of puts me up there as a true expert. Or you could just call me a pompous jackass – that works too.

Either way, I have a pretty big take on the whole situation and I’d like to share it with all of you. If you’re the type of person who values the opinion of a random blogger, then you should read on! If not, well, then go away!

Equipping Yourself With the Right Hardware

Okay, before we get to the meat of this post, it’s very important that we know what hardware out there best accommodates to the 3D gaming scene. I’ve done my fair amount of research, so I’m going to do this the easy way by simply providing you with a few reviews of the highest rated 3D TV’s (in respect to gaming).

But before we get to that, I will say that in order to get the best 3D gaming experience, you should go with a plasma HDTV. Here’s why:

– They’re faster. Plasma TV’s shape light by electrically charging gas-filled cells, as opposed to LCDs which dictate what’s displayed by using liquid crystals and light-emitting diodes. In layman’s terms, plasma TV’s get the job done faster. Much, much faster.

– They have better motion tracking. This means that the response time is faster, which pretty much is just a follow-up attribute to the point above. When playing an intense 3D game, you will definitely want fast motion tracking.

– They’re more power-efficient. Well, in most cases they are. You see, an LCD/LED television operates with a backlight, which means that the amount of power being used to keep it on is correlated with the backlight setting (which is usually consistent). Plasma TV’s, on the other hand, rarely capitalize on their max power settings because the amount of power consumed is dependent on the (fluctuating) level of brightness. How often do you watch movies or play games that are constantly displaying bright pictures?

Then again, there are some disadvantages to going with a plasma television, mainly pricing. They are traditionally much more expensive than their LCD counterparts, even when comparing screens of the same size. Additionally, they are usually heavier, which makes it harder to transport (but really, who cares?).

Many people argue that plasma televisions are at risk for burn-ins and/or shorter display lifespans, but this argument has lost its merit over the years. Thanks to technology updates such as “pixel orbiting” and other implementations, modern plasma TV’s are exhibiting much longer lifespans and less susceptibility to burn-ins.

So, which plasma television out there is best for 3D gaming? Honestly, I would like to leave that decision up to you, but I do want to provide you with a few reviews that I found. One is of my favorite plasma television and the other two are LED/LCD sets that you may be interested in if you don’t care for plasma. The following reviews and specifications were obtained from TopTenREVIEWS™, so you can thank them for this information. Here we go:

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Panasonic TC-P54VT25 3D TV

Screen Size – 54 inches
TV Type – Plasma
Resolution – 1920×1080
Aspect Ratio – 16:9
Contrast Ratio – 5,000,000:1
Refresh Rate – 600Hz
Viewing Angle – Not Specified

“Your TV is no longer simply a TV. Most flat panel TVs in this class can also double as web browsers, video conference monitors and digital photo viewers. With the Viera Cast feature you can enjoy a variety of online content such as YouTube, Picasa, Pandora Internet Radio, Netflix, Twitter, FOX Sports and Bloomberg. Some of these internet services, such as Netflix, require a monthly membership fee, but no computer is required to use any of these online features. All you need to do is into your network using the built-in Ethernet port, or a wireless LAN adapter plugged into one of the two USB ports.”

“For an eye-popping 3D TV effect, you can’t do better than the Panasonic TC-P54VT25 3D TV. Its 600Hz refresh rate provides incredibly realistic and crisp images when watching 3D or 2D content. If you simply must have 3D television in your home, and if you don’t mind wearing the active shutter glasses for extended periods of time, this TV is an excellent choice for you.”

LG 55LX9500

Screen Size – 55 inches
TV Type – LED
Resolution – 1920×1080
Aspect Ratio – 16:9
Contrast Ratio – 10,000,000:1
Refresh Rate – 480Jz
Viewing Angle – 178 degrees

“The 55LX9500 is a THX-certified 3D TV. This means that the TV has passed a rigorous set of laboratory tests that evaluate all aspects of the TV’s picture quality, including brightness, contrast, color accuracy, viewing angles and video processing performance of the images in the right and left eyes. This certification is evident in the excellent picture quality, the vibrant colors and deep blacks achieved with both dimensions of content.”

“While the overall picture quality is excellent, this 3D TV narrowly missed finishing in first place because its 3D effect is not quite as satisfying or realistic as that of the Panasonic TC-P54VT25. However, its superb thin design and light weight lands this TV in our number two spot ahead of the Sony XBR-60LX900.”

“The technology available today for viewing 3D TV is very impressive and you can bet that it will only get better. However, there is not very much content available to watch, but that is coming and will only get better as directors and producers get a better handle on this technology. Even if you don’t use the LG 55LX9500 to view 3D content, rest assured that it is one of the best HDTVs available on the market today.”

“While its 3D TV capabilities may be slightly lacking, its ability to show vibrant, crisp and crystal clear 2D images is very impressive. However, to get that impressive picture, you are going to pay a premium price. Be sure to check our other 3D television reviews so you can ensure that you are getting the model that best suits your needs.”


Screen Size – 60 inches
TV Type – LED
Resolution – 1920×1080
Aspect Ratio – 16:9
Contrast Ratio – Infinite
Refresh Rate – 240Hz
Viewing Angle – 178 degrees

“Using what Sony calls the Intelligent Presence Sensor with Face Detection, the XBR-60LX900 3D TV watches you to make sure you are watching it. With this technology the XBR-60LX900 uses a tiny camera below the screen to detect when you are watching TV. When you turn your face away from the screen, the TV automatically dims the screen. If the camera does not detect any faces watching, the TV turns off to save power.”

“The sensor camera also detects your position in the room and adjusts the left and right volume balance and optimizes the picture. In addition, this 3D TV sounds an alarm and displays a warning message if children get within about three feet of the screen.”

“The Sony BRAVIA XBR-60LX900 is an excellent HDTV with vibrant colors and snappy images. The 3D TV capabilities are very good and impressive, but didn’t quite live up to our expectations when compared side by side with some of the other 3D TVs reviewed here. The TV is loaded with features and has a very elegant design, but all that technology and beauty come at a fairly hefty price. If you don’t think that this is the right 3D television for you, make sure you take the time to read our other reviews.”

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Again – these specifications and reviews were obtained from TopTenREVIEWS™. I do not claim ownership of, or credit for any of this information.

The 3D Gaming Experience

Hopefully the above information can help you out if you haven’t purchased a 3D TV yet. But enough with the specifications! Let’s move on.

What I really wanted to talk about here is how 3D gaming scales in comparison to 3D films and if investing in it is even worth your time and resources. We usually see modern technology progressing in a very fast-paced manner, with minor additions being implemented on a short-term basis.

However, 3D gaming evolves in a much more unique fashion – the injections are made very infrequently and when they are, they scale massively. Take a look at Nintendo for instance – when you compare the GameCube to the Wii, it’s quite obvious that the two consoles are nothing alike and the latter greatly surpasses the former in terms of graphics, quality and features.

This standard alone makes the development of 3D gaming very enticing. Everybody anticipates the release of the next big system, but we end up waiting years for it to happen (which is a good thing). We want the mainstream companies like Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony to take their time with the augmentation of their systems, because if they don’t then we will end up paying more money for less improvements.

Anyways, this is fundamental knowledge. If you didn’t realize this before, then congratulations on learning something new! The real point here is that the development of 3D gaming will, as with everything, take time.

Thankfully, patience is (here comes the cliche) a virtue. We’ll end up waiting a while for things to start moving forward, but when we finally get there, I think we’ll be very happy that we waited.

But, but, but… there are already 3D games available!

Really? Where have I been?

Yes, I know there are plenty of 3D games already out there. But let’s face it – they aren’t anywhere near the quality that we desire. And they most definitely won’t scale up to the 3D quality that we can expect a year from now when the new consoles explode out of the starting gate.

The question then becomes – is it worth the money to invest in the current 3D games available?

Well, I wouldn’t have gone through all the effort of providing you with reviews of 3D televisions that are ideal for 3D gaming just to tell you that 3D gaming isn’t worth it, because it most definitely is. Not to mention the fact that getting a head start on things is always efficient.


The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Finally, we’ve arrived at the meat of the post! That took way too long, didn’t it?

The point of this entire post is to give you the pros and cons of (the current state of) 3D gaming so that you can decide for yourself if it’s worth it. If you do decide that it’s worth it, you currently have my opinions on what TV to go with (if you haven’t already bought one).

Though, to be honest, it’s very hard trying not to generalize the pros of 3D gaming. I mean, seriously, what possible reason would we have for not wanting to play a game in 3D? Maybe if you have a hatred for technology. If you do, you probably shouldn’t be gaming in the first place (or be a citizen of planet Earth to be quite frank).

In the grand scheme of things, we all really want this to work out, and I promise you, it will. But first we have to consider the way new technology develops: Slowly! And not only slowly, but very spontaneously. Let’s take a look at Nintendo again…

With the release of the Wii, Nintendo had plans to literally revolutionize a new form of gaming. Making the system, they envisioned people interacting with the console by using a remote to manipulate the functions of the games. They even pushed for the concept of the Wii being useful as a way to burn calories and maintain a healthy state of being.

Yeah, okay.

Don’t get me wrong – the system exhibited some pretty decent reception. Nintendo seemingly wanted to target a larger demographic with the release of the Wii and they were successful in doing so. But in terms of actually “revolutionizing” a new form of gaming – did they actually achieve this? Not really.

They did, however, establish some fantastic momentum. Sony and Microsoft became inspired by Nintendo and have been putting in their own efforts to parallel some of the concepts that the Wii brought to fruition. So if Nintendo secretly (uh-huh…) had the goal to push technology in the right direction, then they were indeed successful.

The “Brimming” Conclusion

In the long run, the good – the bad – and the ugly are respectively: The concept of 3D gaming – the slow pace at which it is progressing – and my delusional belief that you actually care about my opinion.

So, assuming that you’ll at least do me the decency of pretending that this post influenced your perspective on 3D gaming, I’ll go ahead and provide you with a list of all the games so far that have technically been established as stereoscopic video games. A lot of people don’t really understand what makes a game 3D, and just because you play a game on a 3D TV does not mean that it will have stereoscopic quality. Take a quick look at your options:

TrackMania Nations/United Forever
CubiCute – The 3D Game
Skate 2
Invincible Tiger: The Legend of Han Tao
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Toy Story Mania!
James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game
MotorStorm: 3D Rift
Wipeout HD
Super Stardust HD
Call of Duty: Black Ops
The Sly Collection
Prince of Persia Trilogy
Gran Turismo 5 PS3
Attack Of The Movies 3D
Batman Arkham Asylum: Game Of The Year: 3D Edition
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
DLC Pigsy’s Perfect 10
Thor: God of Thunder
Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters
Captain America: Super Soldier
Crysis 2
Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Trilogy
MotorStorm: Apocalypse
Killzone 3
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Minesweeper 3D: The New Generation

There you have it – you now have my opinion and a list of games. Quite the gold mine, right? These may not be all of them either – there might be more games out there that are 3D-capable, so do some of your own research for once!

In all seriousness, I think the idea of 3D gaming is going in the right direction but is, unfortunately, moving at a slow pace. So while I ultimately advocate the concept of 3D technology when it comes to video games, it’s up to you to decide if you should wait to get involved or go ahead and dive in right now.

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HD TV Gaming Lags that drags

Whether you are a seasoned gamer or a newbie, the idea of moving your favorite video game console to HD TV is a very exciting idea. With the advanced technology that made it possible to produce ultra vibrant images on the big TV screen, it was a dream come true to be able to play in front of a screen that can display with the finest detail.
However, one thing gamers tend to miss is the danger of gaming lags. Yes, game lags not only happen on the PC. In fact, the situation in the case of HDTV can even go worse as it can render a video game totally unplayable. The truth is, gamers should consider the issue of game lags even before jumping straight to HD TV.
HD TV gaming lag problem lies between the signal processing and the image generation. Deep inside the electronic circuitry, lags are nearly impossible to avoid. The thing here is that lags that are not detectable by the human eyes is ok. However, it’s not just about what you see on screen. HD TV game lags can easily be noticed when you execute commands from your game console and in turn the result happens only half a second later. Such split seconds of delay can cause considerably bad effect on your game, including the rhythm, music, movement reaction, FPS, and others. Also, such delayed reaction can often lead to game loses during the latter stage.
There are a lot of factors that affect the amount of HD TV gaming lags. The type and model of the video game console is one major issue, as well as the HD TV to be used. Since different game consoles offer different resolutions and depths, the HD TV must be able to match it. Some HD TVs are able to process these signal variances better than others, which result in lesser amount of game lags.

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HD TV: features that don’t matter

Buying a new HD TV today can be a really tricky thing. With a long list of specifications and features, it’s difficult to tell one model apart from the rest. Often times these information are actually misleading pieces of useless litters, mostly done for marketing purposes that are aimed to show how feature rich their brands are.
When it comes to refresh rates, or the number of times an image on TV screen is being refreshed, companies tend to overstate the figures. In fact, views would hardly notice the difference between a refresh rate of 60Hz from that of 600Hz. Besides, LCD TV manufacturers have incorporated many internal smoothing features and antiblur functions to deal with issues like screen blurring in fast motion pictures.
Another often discussed issue is screen resolution. It is important to note that HD TVs today support 1080p as the standard value. On the other hand, smaller screens are capable of 720p resolution. The idea is that, like the refresh rate issue, there is not much noticeable difference between a 1080p and a 720p. This is true even if you are watching large screen sized HD TVs.
Lastly is the Energy Star certification. Don’t be impressed when you see this symbol on the HD TV. The truth is, almost all HD TVs today qualifies for the Energy Star certification.
All these features should not necessary create such a big weight when you’re shopping for a new HD TV. If you do, you would only get confused and be tempted to select the model with the most number of features. Because HD TVs come in so many different models and series, it’s only natural for marketing companies to come up with even the smallest piece of irrelevant information to include in the specifications. Be careful when choosing your HD TV before shelling out money.

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Getting the best HDTV for Gaming

When you are pure gaming freak, you know you won’t settle for anything less. That includes choosing the best HDTV for your gaming pleasure. In fact, some gamers spend a lot just to get total gaming satisfaction. However, picking one out of so many different models is like looking for a needle in a haystack: there’s just too many of them and sometimes you might end up buying the wrong model.
HDTV features contains a lot of terms that would make things sound too technically complicated. Nevertheless, taking time to understand terms like resolution, refresh rate, display, LED, plasma, LCD, and others is going to bring out better results in the end. Remember, HDTVs are expensive piece of device that can leave you pretty disappointed should you pick the wrong one.
You should also choose between buying a LCD, LED or Plasma display types. Plasma types are more expensive but give you excellent quality viewing from any angle. LCD types are more ideal for the budget conscious buyer and are good enough in terms of features. LED are newer series of LCD types and come with an expensive price on the tag.
Another important thing to consider is the number of input connections that you will need. It depends on the game console that you will be playing. Knowing how many HDMI inputs you need will save you a lot of inconveniences later on. An HDTV with a USB connection and internet connectivity option may appeal to those who want to stream media on the TV screen.
Determining the HDTV size is also an issue if you want to get an excellent and highly detailed view as you play. Normally a bigger screen is most suitable for the optimal gaming experience, provided you have the space in your place for that size.

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Gaming on the HD TV

When it comes to gaming consoles, people tend to have an assumption that any HD TV is good enough for gaming when compared to the old and traditional analog TVs. However, this is not the case, and altogether is not a simple matter of plugging it in and playing.
The fact is that HD TVs were not really manufactured for the gaming industry in the first place. It was intended for receiving digital high definition broadcast signals and displaying it on the television screen as very clear pictures that is rich in color. While there are some HD TV models that have built in modes for gaming consoles, the rest of the majority are simple geared towards high quality television viewing entertainment only.
Another thing to understand is that it is the game console manufacturers who are trying to design their game consoles in such a way as to adapt and match the HD specifications of HD TVs. Since gaming is more interactive and therefore has a more complex design in terms of graphics and control, an HD TV should be able to process the incoming signals from the gaming console and display it on the screen in real time.
Many consumers end up being disappointed upon purchasing their HD TVs and trying it out on their game consoles. Game lags are often an issue and can easily spoil the whole fun if the gamer is not able to have a solid control of the game and ends up losing most of the time, or worse having the game totally unplayable. It is not only about the size of the HD TV and resolution that matters. The best thing is to do is to determine what key factors are to be considered when choosing a HD TV that will best match the capability of your game console. After all, it’s not the other way around wherein you have to choose the game console model that will match your HD TV’s specification.

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From Tube TV to HD TV

If you still own a huge and bulky tube TV in your living room, hold on to it because that is part of a rare breed of TVs that are about to go instinct in the next coming years.
People seldom buy tube TVs nowadays due to many reasons. Being heavy and big, this TV occupied a lot of space on the TV stand. You can’t have it wall mounted unless you come up with a really strong and sturdy mounting bracket. Another downside is the limited screen size and projectable resolution. The biggest sizes that you would normally see in tube TVs is 27 inches and under. Most tube TVs today are not capable of displaying high definition signal sources. Furthermore, the external connectivity are very limited as well. For instance, it’s seldom that you find a tube TV that you can plug into your PC.
While there are tube TVs that are equipped with digital tuners that allows it to pickup DTV stations via the airwaves, they are still unable to display those that are of high definition quality. There are also so-called HDTV compatible tube TVs, but their price is almost the same as that of regular LCDs, therefore making them less attractive to buyers. The probable reasons for a consumer to consider buying tube TVs is the relatively low price and if he doesn’t find not being to watch TV programs in high definition.
The biggest technological change to impact the television manufacturing industry is the entry of the HD TVs. With pictures that are several times sharper and clearer than the traditional tube TVs, it has entirely changed the way people appreciate TV entertainment. HD TVs are also lighter and thinner than the tubes. With prices getting more and more affordable, switching from the tube TV to the HD TV is certainly a sound idea. It won’t be long before HD TVs become the standard television set in every house hold and offices.

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Advantages of HD TV

The arrival of the HD TV promises a whole new generation in TV viewing experience. In today’s digital age, every piece of gadgetry and device in the market has caught on with the trend in order to keep up with the never ending crave of consumers for better entertainment and satisfaction.
One key feature that is found in every HD TV sets is the big screen. Along with it comes a resolution that is as much as five folds if compared with the traditional TV. Having a bigger resolution translates to clearer and finer pictures even when viewed on the big screen.
Another attractive feature of HD TV is that movies can be viewed without black bars on the top and bottom of the screen. Because fully digitized movies were created for the widescreen, traditional TV sets would tend to show these black rows on the screen, which many people find a bit annoying. With HD TV, these lines are totally eliminated.
HD TV offers a great deal of sharpness and clarity over its analog counterpart. Since most TV broadcasting is already moving towards digital transmission of their shows, HD TV are the perfect match for it. The color depth is another favorable advantage because of its superiority and richness. Unlike in the traditional television where imperfections are often seen, HD TV promises images are too good to be true even when viewed on the wide screen.
With an HD TV, you can save goodbye to traditional woes such as double images that come from ghosting effect. Picture sparkles and snow appearing on the screen is also things of the past. Finally, with the advent of different media such as blue ray disc and HD gaming consoles, it’s no wonder HD TVs are here to stay for the next generations to come.

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3D HD TV: the next generation in TV Viewing

I’m sure you have been hearing a lot about 3D HD TV. Even in the movies, films can now be shown in full 3D. Is the 3D HD TV the next big thing?
Well the answer to that depends on whether or not people are about to embrace this technology. Watching 3D HD TV is not like your regular HD TV viewing. You have to wear 3D glasses, though not the kind of glasses that’s made from cardboard frames and used during the early periods. 3D glasses nowadays are quite state of the art. Each lens is actually an LCD that has a fully electronic shutter (also called “active shutter”.
One confusing aspect about 3D HD TV is whether it is the same as HD TV. 3D HD TV is basically the same as HD TV in terms of basic HD features. The main highlight of an 3D TV is that it is capable of displaying 3D media.
Most 3D films are burned in Blu-Ray disc. That’s because Blu-Ray disc is capable of storing a huge amount of 3D film, which actually takes twice the size of a regular HD film. In the case of a 3D TV, the internal design is quite complex. It is capable of displaying images separately at 1080p for each viewer’s eye. It also has a 120 fpm frame rate, which again is divided into 60 frames for each eye. At a refresh rate of 100hz minimum, it has an internal chip that decodes the left and right image and passes it to a transmitter. This transmitter would then pass the decoded image to the 3D glasses.
Investing in a 3D HD TV can be quite expensive. For people who want to experience the power of 3D viewing, they are more than willing to spend more than a thousand dollars the the 3D HD TV and it accessories like 3D glasses and Blu-Ray player.

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The History of 3D Technology – How Far Have We Come?

Hi there. While wandering around on Google, I came across a fantastic timeline that details the history of 3D cinema. I was fairly surprised to learn that 3D technology has been advancing since the late 1800s! We’ve made an impressive leap since then and I think you’ll find the journey quite interesting. All credit for this timeline goes to John Patterson.


c1894 William Friese Greene files a patent application for a 3D viewing process using two screens side by side, united in the viewer’s eye by a cumbersome stereoscope headset. As with all his endeavours, he is ahead of his audience by about 30 years.

1915 The Great Train Robbery director, film- narrative pioneer and cine-huckster Edwin S Porter, presents red-green anaglyph test shorts in New York, but his process is never developed further.

1920 The Power of Love (a movie now lost), using a system developed by cinematographer Robert F Elder, is the first 3D movie screened for a commercial audience, in Los Angeles.

1922 Using two projectors synchronised with stereo headsets, Laurens Hammond and William Cassidy present a series of shorts plus one feature, The Man From MARS, but it played only at the sole cinema equipped to project it.

1923 Frederick Eugene Ives, patenter of the Parallax Stereogram (1900), and inventor Joseph Levanthal present several 3D/stereoscopic shorts for Pathe Films.

1936 MGM’s Audioscopics, developed by Joseph Leventhal and John Norling, wins the Best Short Subject (Novelty) Academy Award.

1952-55 The first boom period in 3D cinema, led by Bwana Devil, Andre de Toth’s House of Wax (the first of four 3D movies to star the determinedly one-dimensional Vincent Price, the Olivier of the form), and Dial M for Murder (filmed 3D, released “flat”). As TV menaces the studios (lately forced by the US Supreme Court to sell their cinemas), they push all kinds of new formats such as Cinerama, CinemaScope, Technicolor and VistaVision.

1973 Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey revive the now seemingly obsolete format for Flesh For Frankenstein, in the short-lived Stereovision format. The skewering of one character, whose extruded heart dangles horribly close to the 3D viewer’s eye, is a particular highlight of the film.

1979-85 Thanks to the technological run-off from suddenly superfluous military/industrial/space research, all manner of sequels, remakes, rip-offs and low-brow entertainment staples benefit from the technological improvement of the 3D format (Friday the 13th Part III in 3D, Jaws 3D, Amityville 3D), but the technique remains disreputable.

2003 James Cameron’s Ghosts of the Abyss, a 3D documentary tour of the Titanic wreckage, lays the foundation for the technology he will need to make Avatar.

2004 Insane Clown Posse’s short film for DVD album track Bowling Balls is the first high-definition 3D short. Imax’s first feature, The Polar Express, presages the latest 3D wave: since then we’ve seen Journey to the Center of the Earth, My Bloody Valentine 3D, Coraline, and, in December, Avatar.”


My extension:

The timeline above was written a couple of years ago, so I figured I would add on my own brief extension.

2009 – We all know Avatar was perhaps the most significant 3D injection of our time and since then, other film makers have made numerous attempts to parallel its greatness. Clash of the Titans, Saw 3D, Tron: Legacy and Toy Story 3 have been some of the more notable ones.

Today – Now we have 3D televisions sitting in our living rooms. Can you believe it? After looking back on things, it’s easy to see that our advancements in cinema technology are truly spectacular.


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Are You Going with the Innovator or the Copycat?

Whether we like it or not, every market has one innovator and a hundred imitators, and the 3D TV world is no exception. The question is, which one is the best to remain loyal to? This could seem like an inquiry with an obvious answer, but a lot of different factors come into play here.

Don’t be too quick to jump on the innovator’s bandwagon. Yes, it can have its advantages. You will usually have front row seats to any new developments and you’ll always be the guy with the latest gadgets. But at what cost? It only takes one swipe of your credit card for you to become entrapped by a poor application of value attribution.

You see, a company at the tip of the spear will never fail to capitalize on its role. When brand new technology explodes out of the starting gate, the innovator owns the gate. Therefore, the innovator sets the price. How long can you hold a seat on the bandwagon before you go broke? How many 3D TV’s are you willing to buy before you find yourself making an eBay account so you can start recycling all of the money you spent?

This is where the various imitators have their advantages. You may be surprised to find out that some companies actually elect to be copycats because of the long-term benefits such a position can generate. The imitator sets its focus on a customer base that is wallet-conscious – the people who know that if they wait a month or two to buy a hot new product, they can easily save some money. And trust me, this customer base is huge. In some cases, the money-saver group is a lot more robust than the front line group, so you can imagine just how well the imitators are able to capitalize.

The waiting game can also pay off in ways other than just financially. Copycats waste no time obtaining info on what the innovator is working on – they may only be trailing behind by a few feet, and ironically, this gives them a head start on making improvements and upgrades. You might be loyal to your favorite 3D TV brand simply because they are ahead initially, but a copycat can easily come bursting from around the corner a couple of months later with better features at an even cheaper price.

I’m not necessarily saying that you should go with an imitator, but it does help to know what you’re getting yourself into before making a decision. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it a thousand times over again: the problem with buying modern technology is the fact that it only takes a single new development before you’re either too far behind or too far ahead.

Your goal might be to acquire the hottest product available or you may just want to save some money, but none of that really matters. In truth, the best way to ensure that your experience is a great one is to decisively put yourself in a position where you can obtain a balance of expansion and wallet-friendliness.

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Rapid Progression – Can You Keep Up?

I felt inclined to talk about how fast things are moving along in the world of technology. Some of us feel overwhelmed, others are basking in the heat. Either way, there are a few things worth considering.

I found some interesting news pertaining to further development of 3D TV technology. One of the major problems with owning a 3D TV is how it can sometimes be hard having guests over for a movie, mainly because there isn’t always enough 3D glasses to go around. Luckily, we’re looking at an upcoming solution.

To quote exactly from my source:

“Nissho Electronics in Japan is beginning sales of a 52-inch LCD panel that can pump out full 1080p of 3D vision without requiring any headgear from the viewer.”

So, what does this mean for people who already own 3D TV’s? Well, it comes as good news and bad news.

The bad news is that if we’re looking to get the best experience possible, then we may have to consider spending more money. Perhaps dreadful to some of us, but then again, that’s usually how it goes when it comes to electronics.

The good news, however, is that this means the 3D universe is continuing to improve. The fact that we’ve already found a way to chuck the headgear is a clear indication of momentum. I think this type of rapid progression holds some promise in terms of how soon we’ll be able to watch any movie we want in 3D quality.

We’ve been experiencing advancements in technology like this a lot over the years – new smartphone models coming out over short periods of time, computer interfaces becoming obsolete within months – all kinds of fast-paced progression. Sometimes it can become a little exhausting, not just for us, but also for our wallets. This is why it is crucial that we are educating ourselves on what’s out there.

Before you drop a bucket load of money on a new product, take some time to consider a few factors:

What is the genre of the product and how does that genre relate to supply and demand?

Is the popularity of the product going to compromise its long-term value? Usually when a certain piece of technology is hot, developers will push harder and harder to keep coming out with new upgrades and models. These types of expansions keep their customer base interested, which inevitably drives up sales.

Can you keep up with such momentum?

Do you even want to?

Not everyone sees an upgrade as an opportunity. People want to know that they’re making an efficient decision when buying something. How would you feel if you bought a brand new 3D TV and found out that various improvements had been recently implemented into a newer model? You may feel cheated, you may feel inclined to upgrade, or you may not even care at all.

Either way, there’s no denying that familiarizing yourself with the way technology is advancing can be extremely beneficial. Even if you’re not bothered by the fact that your hardware could become obsolete within a few months, it’s still not fun realizing that you could have known that beforehand.

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The Top 3D Games

There are several games that have been released in 3D version and it is therefore very difficult to tell just which ones may be the best. However there are certain criteria that can be used to gauge just which ones are most enjoyed by the fans worldwide. One of the criteria that you can use to judge just which games are the best is by looking at which ones are the highest selling or which ones have been played more than the others. It is with such criteria that you are easily going to come up with the best games.

One of the top games currently is Beowulf. This game is believed to be very interesting and playing it on 3D makes it even much better. Both critics and fans admit that the 3D technology gives the game that much needed excitement as the features that are available for you are just amazing. In the game you will get the feel of bashing down the enemies with much graphic detail being displayed. The next game that you should look out for is the prince of Persia. If you enjoyed playing this game in the normal version, then you are going to have a great time playing the same game in 3D. The adventures of this handsome prince will come alive to you and you will simply feel like you are that prince of Persia.

Watching the Lord of the rings in a 3D TV is great, but having the opportunity to play the game is something very different. The action packed game is sure to take your breath away as the vivid graphics are displayed. The thrills that you will get from every swing of the sword, to every huddle that you manage to get through, is just awesome. If there is a game that you need to get your hands on now, then it’s probably the Lord of the rings. If horror is your fantasy, then you should probably try getting the latest version of resident evil. This game has been developed in such a way that you will enjoy every move that you make and feel the reality of the moves that you make.

Avatar was probably one of the most interesting movies to watch on a 3D TV, the game is also believed to be without a doubt one of the most enjoyable to play. If you enjoyed avatar the movie, then you should get your hands on this game and prepare to become an avatar yourself. The most played game today is probably Batman Arkham Asylum. This game has taken the whole world by storm and doing very well in terms of sale volumes. The game is pretty interesting no matter what age bracket you may fall in and therefore you should not worry much about if it will keep you entertained. In summary, 3D TV is great but 3D games are so much better than you may actually know, you should definitely get your hands on one or more of the above mentioned games just to prove that fact.

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