Too Soon For 3D TV Man Caves?

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3D TV might be the next greatest thing to come to your living room this year, but what do you actually have to buy to make it happen? Here are some basic things you want to consider when choosing whether or not 3D is right for you.

The Tech You’ll Need

As the technology stands right now, in order to view 3D TV content at home you need a 3D ready TV, a pair of LCD shutter glasses, and HDMI cable and either a 3D Blu Ray player or a cable (or satellite) provider’s set-top box that sends a specialized signal to the TV. In a nutshell, the TV syncs the image signal with the glasses and you see what appear to be 3D images on your screen. My personal problem with this whole set up, however, is that I just don’t like the expensive glasses. Also, I’ve read that manufacturers are working to bring glasses-free 3D TVs to the market before the year’s end. Whether that happens or not, I’m sure I won’t regret holding back on any big 3D purchases any time soon. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to watch football in 3D every week, I just don’t want to look like a complete dork when I do!

What you need to know about 3D broadcast signals

In order to see 3d TV, you need a 3D signal either from your Blu Ray player or your content provider. Getting a Blu Ray player that is 3D enabled is pretty easy as all you have to do is buy one and hook it up. Getting 3D content from your cable or satellite provider might be trickier. Because 3D TV is still in its infancy, 3D content from cable and satellite providers might not be available in all markets (and their offerings might be limited, too at first). The upside, as of this writing, is that Comcast isn’t charging any extra for 3D content, so if you take the plunge, you won’t have to pay any more to do so. Before you dive in, check with your provider to make sure you’ll have access to the content you’d want to watch (i.e. the ESPN3D channel!).

If viewing 3D content is something you’re dying to be able to do in your Man Cave or game room, but you don’t like the idea of wearing those funky glasses, you might want to wait a bit to see what develops with the glasses-free tech. If you don’t want to wait any more and you don’t care about the glasses, you’re probably already aware that you’ll pay an early adopter’s fee like when you got that VCR for $2K. Of course, being the first of your friends to have a 3D TV set up does have a big upside. I mean, how cool would it be if they broadcast the Superbowl in 3D this year?

write by campbell

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