HOW-TO: get 3D TV in your home

| Jun 9, 2010
That's the big question: what you need to do and buy to have your own 3D TV set and to be able to experience 3D content in your home?

I received a lot of questions like this one in the past weeks. Can I use the 3D glasses from the IMAX Theater? Can I make my normal HDTV show 3D images on my glasses? Where do I get the 3D content? and so on.

So here are the answers to all these questions. this is what you need to have for a 3D home theater system:
  • 3D display
  • 3D glasses
  • 3D Blu-ray Disc player with Blu-ray 3D movies
  • 3D gaming console with 3D games
  • 3D-capable TV cable box

3D display

A 3D Display can be a 3D HDTV, a computer or a 3D projector. What is so special about these 3D displays? They have a higher processing power than older displays, as they need to display one image for each eye to create a 3D effect. So older HDTV models won't be capable of displaying 3D technology because they are not powerful enough and don't have the required 3D technical specs. That means you have to buy a new HDTV or projector. Here are some suggestions:

3D glasses

A special pair of 3D glasses is needed to experience 3D. Unfortunately the glasses should be of the same brand as your display. There are two major technologies for 3D glasses:
- Active Glasses
- Passive polarized Glasses

3D Blu-ray Disc player with Blu-ray 3D movies

Buy a Blu-Ray Player with the 3D logo, it's future safe. your old blu-ray player might be able to play 3D content after a firmware update, but that probably won't be always the case.

The 3D Blu-Ray player reads the 3D content on the 3D blu-ray disc and sends it to your 3DTV. The 3D bluray discs need to have the same logo.

3D gaming console with 3D games

the 3D gaming experience is in my opinion why this technology will be extremely successful. Imagine playing your favorite shooter game in a 3D reality and you'll understand how addictive 3D games can become in the future. I don't necessarily think that that's a good thing, especially for children, but it will be addictive all the same.
Until now, those whe own a Playstation 3, consider yourself very lucky. Sony plans to update the firmware in the near future, to make all Playstation 3 models and their integrated blu-ray player compatible with the 3D technology. This applies to both 3D games and 3D movies.

3D-capable TV cable box

3D TV channels will slowly populate the television networks. This step will provide the reach and popularity that 3D needs in the moment. The migration will be swift, because if you already own a HDMI-capable cable box, you'll be able to access the new 3D TV channels with only a firmware update on your box.
The World Cup 2010 will be the first major sport event broadcast in 3D.
All the major TV networks have plans to start 3D channels.

So I hope this HOW-TO Guide will help you setting up your 3D TV System. Let me know if you have other questions.


Anonymous said...

I know where to get 3D content. You can download it for free at 3DGuy(dot)tv. I've downloaded a few and it looks great!!! I enjoyed their WHAT IF 3D series,too........I believe they have a youtube channel,too??

Julie said...

hey, thanks for the info, i'll check it out!