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3-D TV: The FAQ You Need to Know

Updated on March 4, 2010

Coming Soon

 3-D movies have been around since the 1950's. Granted, they are WAY better today but even in the 1950's they were fairly awesome for the time. Some movies are better in 3-D, some others seem to be marginally better.

Coming out this summer, consumers will see the first 3-D TV's. There are some pluses but like many new technologies, some insanity also.

The new 3-D TVs will require Active glasses for the viewer to wear. The anaglyphic glasses, those of red and blue and made popular in the 50's and 60's, will not work with 3-D TV. The glasses you wear for today's 3-D movies are passive where the polarization splits the image. These glasses are fine for movies but will not work well with 3-D TV. Manufacturers will require you to buy a pair of active glasses (around $70). These special glasses allow light to only reach one eye at a time, so, as you watch one side of the image begins to flash, then the other on the screen. The 3-D effect is good.

Keep in mind that 3-D TV is in its infancy, like color TV was in 1960-65, when there were only a few programs made and broadcast in color. Thus, most of the shows you will watch will not be in 3-D. It will be many years until all broadcasting is 3-D, if ever. BTW, it was not until 1966-67 that all programming and shows were finally broadcasted in color. It was a very big deal then. That's when every one bought their first color TV for $500.

What You Need

To take the 3-D TV plunge this summer, you need a 3-D TV and 3-D blu ray disc player. You need a TV with a screen refresh rate of at least 200 Hz for a good effect and a infrared transmitter to tell the active galsses when to polarize for the 3-D effect. If you have no blu-ray player, you will need a digital tuner to bring the limited broadcasts to your TV. Note: TV's with a refresh rate of 120Hz work fine also, but, you hace compatibility issues to get all the elements to work together. 

Cuanto es? You will pay around $4000 for the 3-D TV package. The key players are hoping that by 2013, 3-D TV will be in 50% of the homes and by 2015, 75%. Right now, only ESPN and Discovery channels will offer some sporadic 3-D TV. The manufacturer's are also hoping that by 2020, wearing glasses to see 3-D TV will be a thing of the past.

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      Betty Reid 7 years ago from Texas

      Sounds cool. I'll wait until the price comes down.

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      perrya 7 years ago

      Price and the number of 3-D shows actually broadcasted.

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      3dtvuk 7 years ago

      Nice hub. There will actually be a lot of content when you consider broadcasters, Blu Ray 3D and 3D games. A 3DTV will also functions as a perfectly good 2DTV, so there's no reason not to go 3D when you upgrade your TV.

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      perrya 7 years ago

      Except price. I still say, wait.

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      3dtvuk 7 years ago

      I don't understand your concern about price. If someone's ready to upgrade to a new TV, there will be little difference between a top-of-the-line regular TV, or the same TV with 3D technology. So why not go for the 3D version? If you're concerned about the price of the glasses, Panasonic TV's come with two pairs of glasses.

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      perrya 7 years ago

      3-D TV simply may not take off, it is way too early to know if any or all of the programming will be in that format. 3D TV is way more costly than a great LCD at even $2,000. The blu-ray issue is still not solved, will 3D only be in blu-ray? Will blu-ray die out as did Sony's beta format for tape allowing VHS to reign? Too many questions about its future. What the plan to have 3D without glasses? Will it require one to buy another TV because of technology issues? But, if you can't wait and have the cash to blow-do it.

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