Thinking of buying a new 3D TV set for Christmas 2010? You can’t have failed to notice these new gadgets in stores. Though the technology is still very new, it’s been predicted that the 3D TV market is going to grow by 300 times within the next 9 years. If you’re not sure what 3D TV is all about, or how to go about buying the right television set for your needs, then here’s a guide to all the essentials.
How Do 3D TVs Work?
3D technology makes it appear as though the images on screen are literally leaping out at you – shown as three-dimensional pictures rather than the standard 2D we are all used to. 3D basically works by showing two slightly different pictures at once: one for each eye. The way they are displayed on one screen makes them look blurry, which is why we need glasses to get the full effect.
Unfortunately, not all 3D television sets come with the glasses that you’re going to need to be able to watch 3D television and movies – so check whether you’ll need to buy these separately.
Aside from the glasses, you’ll also need a Blu-Ray player that has a 3D encoder, and you may need an HDMI cable to connect your television to your cable box or DVD player. When buying movies for your new set, remember that there are two types of 3D movie available: older 3D and modern full HD 3D movies. The latter will have the Blu-Ray 3D logo as an indicator.
There is no better way to experience 3D than in a video game, which is why so many manufacturers are now putting together 3D games. If you watch Blu-Ray discs through your Playstation 3 then you’ll be able to install a firmware upgrade that’ll allow you to watch 3D Blu-Ray discs, and play your games in 3D.
Is It Worth Buying A 3D TV Set?
3D television sets are very new, and only just becoming a feature of our households. For this reason, the releases will be limited at this time. However, you may have noticed that more and more movie theatres are showing movies in 3D, and these will soon be available to buy on 3D Blu-Ray discs.
As for 3D television content, an increasing number of providers are producing channels that will be viewable in 3D, with the number growing every day. Not to mention the fact that 3D is also making an impact in the gaming world.
So, while 3D television is still a new technology, it may be worth buying if you’re the kind who likes to stay right on top of technology. And you’ll still be able to watch 2D programming while you’re waiting for more 3D releases. There’s no denying that watching movies on a 3D TV set adds a whole new dimension to your viewing pleasure!