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From HD...to 3-D?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 12th 2009 2:08PM
So you've got that new high definition television in the living room, your 120 gig TiVo recording all of your favorite shows and a cable box with more channels than a Roman aqueduct.

Think you've reached the pinnacle of home entertainment? The Consumer Electronics Show would beg to differ.

Some 3-D TV's popped up on the convention floor and the advent of the burgeoning technology is starting to create a bit of buzz that it could become the next step over HD TV.

Reuters reports that Panasonic and Samsung hit the convention floor with their 3-D TV technology. Panasonic announced they are working on a Blu-ray player that will allow movie studios to create 3-D versions of films and shows that people can watch in their homes. Samsung also debuted its new 3-D monitor at the show.

Panasonic seems to have a slight jump in the 3-D wars so far. They have already opened negotiations with director James Cameron to have his next 3-D movie become the flagship title for their player when his new film Avatar hits the home consoles.

This, of course, is just the beginning. Imagine what television would be like if all three of its dimensions were in such crystal clear, high definition clarity:

  • A tense, gritty episode of Mad Men could become even more suspenseful with the fear of contracting second-hand smoke through your television.
  • Viewers of 24 would literally duck and weave in their couches as they try to dodge waves of bullets, huge shrapnel filled explosions and streams of Jack Bauer anger spittle.
  • Lonely, pathetic G4 viewers can finally admit that they were able to touch a woman, now that Attack of the Show's Olivia Munn can be transported into parents' basements across the country.

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I can't see three-dimensional so this won't be something for me. EVER.

January 12 2009 at 5:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

3-D is the failed technology that refuses to die. I say failed in the sense that the tech has been around for ages, yet it still hasn't become mainstream. It's like every couple of years we hear about how 3-D will soon be a part of our everyday lives. It has this "space age" retro feel to it that just doesn't sound very exciting to me.

Perhaps it hasn't caught on because of the glasses. Eliminate the need for those and maybe we'll get somewhere.

January 12 2009 at 3:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Manuel Reis

The View would be so cool in 3D...

And the South Korean parliment sessions too.

January 12 2009 at 3:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Joe stalin

How about just a show with pieces of paper. Nothing particular on it just paper in 3-d. And no Silvermann, you can't take that idea and use it 5 nights a week.

January 13 2009 at 7:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Imagine people getting eye strain from wearing their 3-D glasses while working on their bills with the TV on the back ground.

People cursing when they lost their 3-D glasses and are unable to watch TV.

I think the glasses thing will be the worst hurdle.

January 12 2009 at 2:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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