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June 25, 2008

3D Home Theaters A Soon-To-Be Reality

howworks_3D_back_rev.jpg3D is going to be big. It's already catching on in a big way in Hollywood with 40 3D titles coming up in theaters, thanks to 3D film ticket sales at times doubling those of the standard film version. To make 3D really big though it has to find its way to the home theater, especially because 3D films cost studios more to make and home video accounts for three-quarters of Hollywood's $35.5 billion in annual revenues.

Thanks to the 3D@Home Consortium, consisting of Disney, Universal, Philips, Samsung, Sony, Thomson and IMAX, this could soon be a reality. The consortium banded in order to rapidly advance the technologies required to make 3D home theaters a reality and several signs are pointing to that reality. 3D HDTV's will be found in more than 1 million US homes by the end of this year, manufactured by the likes of Mitsubishi and Samsung. Earlier this week Mitsubishi also announced a content deal with Nvidia and Aspen Media Products that'll bring a bunch of 3D computer and video game titles to consumers. And Philips just unveiled a 52-inch 3D display that doesn't require those pesky 3D glasses for viewing.

Now that many more 3D titles are planned for theaters, you can bet they'll be released in 3D when they come to Blu-ray and DVD. In fact, the first 3D Blu-ray disc is coming August 19. Unfortunately it's Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds 3-D Concert, but c'mon now, it comes with the 3D glasses and all.

Finally a tech company known as TDVision is working on a way to make regular Blu-ray discs appear in 3D when played back. Now just sit back for a moment and imagine a home theater world that's almost more real than the one you live in everyday. Bizarre, eh? It's coming soon.

Via USA Today

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Posted by Justin Davey at June 25, 2008 5:00 AM

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