We've been hearing the promises of 3D TV in our living rooms for quite awhile now but it looks like it's almost a reality. according to News.com:
Several display companies are concocting, and in some cases already selling, monitors and other components that provide a simulated 3D viewing experience. Many of these new products don't require glasses.
Stand in front of a Philips 3D monitor, and animated characters throw rose petals or dice at you; the first time you see it, you startle and jolt upward slightly. A film trailer shown on the monitors seems to have more depth than a standard 2D movie.
The Dutch electronics giant has tested the technology in the labs with consumers and noted that a person's galvanic skin response--a change in the skin's ability to conduct electricity, caused by an emotional stimulus, such as fright--rises with 3D viewing.
So how's that possible?
Three-dimensional monitors and TVs essentially rely on human gullibility. In typical monitors, the pixels are synchronized to send out a single image. In a 3D monitor, however, half the pixels are used to create one image, and the other half are used to create a similar, but slightly different one, said Korah. Stand too close or far away, and the images overlap and make the overall picture blurry.
But put on a pair of polarizing glasses, which block the right-eye image from hitting your left eye and vice versa, or stand in the sweet spot in front of a glasses-less 3D monitor, and your brain "sees" a 3D image. The right and left images stitch together in the brain in the same way right and left eye input would if the object happened to actually be there.
Man! I can't wait. And we thought High Definition was a big deal.
Be sure to read the rest of the interesting article:
Recently we told you about Cablevision's idea for "remote access" DVRs. While we like the idea, we knew there would be a lot of opposition from Hollywood. According to USAToday:
Cablevision Systems, a New York-area cable TV provider, on Thursday said it would suspend a test of a new video recording service pending the result of a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by several entertainment companies. Cablevision, the nation's sixth-largest cable provider, had planned to begin testing a new service this month that would allow viewers to record and play back TV shows much in the same way people use digital video recorders, or DVRs.
But instead of having to install a TiVo-like set-top box in each home, Cablevision's new service would have allowed anyone with digital cable to record and play back shows, with the programs being stored at the cable system's hubs instead.
So, what happened? Clearly Cablevision was too optimistic and actually a little arrogant to announce the "remote access" concept without trying to get a few network allies on their side first.
Oh well! We still think the "remote access" DVR concept is a great idea and we'll keep our fingers crossed that Cablevision and Hollywood can play nice.
I'm already tired of the local cable companies ads about how the big bad phone companies will ruin cable. Now that the House has passed "Subscription-TV" legislation, expect more annoying commercials. According to MSNBC:
Legislation to open cable TV markets to more competition, possibly saving consumers hundreds of dollars a year, passed the House Thursday.
The biggest telecommunications legislation in a decade, approved 321-101, would make it easier for telephone companies to enter the subscription television market. A national franchise process would replace the current system where potential providers must negotiate contracts municipality by municipality, sometimes taking months and years.
Excellent! Competition is good. Now we'll just have to put up with lots of misinformation about the legislation lobbying from both phone and cable companies.
For most Americans tomorrow is Friday. For the rest of the world, tomorrow is the start of "The World Cup 2006". The nice thing is that this year, ABC and ESPN are offering quite a bit of World Cup coverage in the US, so maybe we'll see the "Soccer Frenzy" grow in the US like it has in the rest of the world.
Anyway, I wanted to remind you of the World Cup TV listings information I posted the other day. Basically we've given you a few links so you can keep up with what, when, and where World Cup 2006 matches will be televised.
Want to watch broadband video content on your TiVo? Well, with TiVo's new TiVoCast service, you'll be able to do just that. According to TiVo:
TiVo Inc. the creator of and a leader in television services for digital video recorders (DVR), today announced the launch of TiVoCast(TM), a revolutionary new service which will deliver broadband video directly to the television sets of TiVo subscribers. The TiVoCast service turns Web video into television by bringing top broadband content now only available on the PC to the TV set.
A Sample of the programming includes:
NBA and WNBA -- As the first professional sports leagues to team up with TiVo, fans will have access to NBA and WNBA video showcases during the season that will be available to all TiVo subscribers. During The Finals, which tip off on Thursday, June 8 on ABC, a special "Finals Showcase" video package highlighting the greatest Finals moments in NBA History will be available for fans to view on TiVo.
The New York Times -- The New York Times will offer a selection of original video segments on a variety of topics including A.O. Scott's signature Movie Minute film reviews, news analysis from the Times' Washington DC bureau, David Pogue's technology product reviews and many more.
Heavy.com -- Heavy.com is the Number 1 digital entertainment brand for 18 - 34 year old guys with more than 12 million unique viewers monthly (Nielsen) and a viral reach of 65 million taste-challenged pop culture junkies. Its programming staples include "Behind the Music that Sucks," "American Suck Countdown" and "The Massive Mating Game."
CNET -- (www.cnet.com), the place consumers go to understand and compare consumer electronics, computers, and software to find the right choice and a property of CNET Networks, Inc., will provide viewers buying advice and how-to segments that help them get the most out of their technology products. Content will include video from CNET TV's popular franchises such as Insider Secrets, Weekend Project, and First Look from the Labs, and feature popular CNET editorial personalities Brian Cooley, Molly Wood, and Tom Merritt.
So there's nothing real exciting yet, but combining TiVo and broadband video sure sounds like a winning combination to me.
At this point there's not many other details. Once more information comes in, we'll be sure to pass it on to you.
As TiVo gets more popular, we seem to hear a lot less about ReplayTV. It appears ReplayTV realizes it needs to get it's name back out there and is now working on a PC version of the software that works on it's ReplayTV units. We don't really have any details, just some information on a call for beta testers from ReplayTV.com:
Beta Tester Requirements: Those selected to test will be required to:
Start testing the end of June 2006
Sign the ReplayTV Beta Agreement
Participate in online beta forums and answer weekly surveys
Provide data files or logs when requested
Download the beta releases at the tester website
Submit bug reports at the tester website
Complete specific testing tasks through September 2006
We will be tracking beta participation. Your ongoing participation is conditioned on meeting the testing obligations.
The system requirements are:
1.3Ghz or faster Pentium 4
256MB of RAM
AGP 8x or better with 128MB Video RAM
DirectX 9.0 compatible
Windows XP, Service Pack 2 or later
ReplayTV on a PC? Sounds pretty nice. We'll let you know when we get some more details on ReplayTV PC.
Want to know what the so-called "experts" are watching? Well, now you can find out with TiVo's new service called Guru Guides. According to TiVo:
TiVo Guru Guides are lists of the best television programs, hand selected by experts in categories you care about. We've partnered with cultural leaders like Sports Illustrated, Billboard, CNET, and Entertainment Weekly who know what's worth watching. You can browse TiVo Guru Guides and choose individual show recommendations to record onto your DVR via TiVo Online Scheduling or even better, sign up to automatically record a Guide directly on your DVR.
The service hasn't been rolled out yet so we're not sure how useful it is. Still, it sounds like an interesting service and we'll keep an eye on it.
For our readers in the US, you're probably wondering what this "World Cup" thing everyone is talking about. For the rest of our readers in the world, you're probably already planning your "sick days" at work so you won't miss any of the great soccer action. While we can't possibly list all of the televised games around the world, we did want to give you a few links to some of the schedules.
ABC and ESPN will be televising quite a few of the games and SoccerTV has a great breakdown of the matches by channel.
ABC and ESPN World Cup Televised matches via SoccerTV.com (Click Image for Link):
For BBC Viewers and radio listeners, catch the World Cup here:
BBC World Cup 2006 Television / Radio Schedule (Click Image for Link):
If you have broadband internet access and your provider supports it, you can view the World cup on ESPN 360. ESPN360 will simulcast every match of the 2006 FIFA World Cup that is televised on ESPN and ESPN2 from Friday, June 9 through Sunday, July 9.:
ESPN 360 (Click Image for Link):
If we're missing any other important World Cup TV schedules, please leave us a comment and we'll be sure to update the list.