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The State of the Current 3D TV Market - Do I Really Need 3D TV Glasses?

Nov 19th 2012 at 7:34 PM

Three Dimensional TV is now here, Big Time. With the recent addition of Sky 3D in the Europe in October 2010 and Discovery Communications, Imax and Sony planning to launch 3D broadcast in the States early 2011; sales of 3D TVs and 3D TV Glasses are climbing rapidly. Sony is poised to release PS3 system software update v3.50, which will add support for 3D Blu-ray disc playback on its PlayStation 3 games console. 3D games are already available and new titles cannot hit the shelves quick enough. Over six different brands produce an array of 3D Blu-Ray players and 3D TVs with prices coming down all the time.

When it comes to 3D TV, seeing is most definitely believing, however, what do you need to enjoy 3D viewing in your home?

A 3D TV is a given requirement, as is also a pair of quality, robust 3D TV Glasses for each member of the family. If you are based in Europe and want to watch 3D television, you will currently need a subscription to Sky. If you already have a Sky HD box it will also be enabled for 3D. You may also want a 3D Blu-Ray player, so you can watch those heart pounding blockbuster movies in the comfort of your own home. Maybe you already have access to a PlayStation 3 gaming console; this will very soon allow you to play 3D Blu-Ray discs on that and of cause not forgetting the amazing 3D games as well. Note, all 3D Televisions are also excellent for viewing standard 2D and HD..

Hi quality, three-dimensional TV Glasses are a necessity, so that when you view the images on your screen the illusion of three dimensions is created for you, without the glasses the screen will show two images of the same picture slightly apart from one another therefore unpleasant to watch. The glasses are known as "Active Shutter Glasses"; they contain a small lightweight battery which allows Wi-Fi communication between your 3D TV and your 3D TV Glasses. Some brands supply one or maybe two pairs of adult sized glasses when you purchase your 3D TV. Active Shutter Glasses are quite expensive so you are advised to look after them carefully and put them back in their protective case when not in use. Having said this at some moment in time you may need a higher quality new pair, you may need a replacement pair or to purchase additional pairs of 3D TV Glasses for your family members or friends.

You can save time and money by purchasing Glasses for 3D TV on-line. A television dealer will tend to sell them at list price to cover their overhead costs, as opposed to an on-line merchant who can always pass on the savings to you, the consumer. Like the 3D TV brands, currently there are similar numbers of these manufacturers making 3D TV Glasses, however more are appearing on the market all the time. It is important to note that if you need replacements or additional pairs, you need to choose them from the same brand of your 3D TV. At this time, there is no universal standard for communication between 3D TV and 3D TV glasses, each manufacturer does it their individual way.

I hope you have found this snapshot to the current 3D TV market helpful and if you require any more help, advice or up to date information, please find the link to my website below.

James Callear, has been involved in visual and audio media for some 20 years. He currently works on contract for a number of UK based Universities involved in e-learning and communication platform development. James is passionate about 3D visual imagery applied to learning environments and teaching. In his spare time he considers himself a movie buff and adores his home theatre set up which he tweeks on a regular basis to keep up with the advancement of technology.

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