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July 13, 2010

3D TV cruising along with major league baseball initiation

Over the weekend, DirecTV, Cox, Verizon, FiOS, Comcast, Cablevision, Time Warner Cable and a few regional services broadcast the first 3D major league baseball game in the New York and Seattle areas. Popular HDTV pundit Gary Merson from HDGuru.com reviewed the broadcast and while it wasn't perfect (and I hear some movies are just horrible), it does demonstrate the potential of 3D TV.

Said Merson:

The telecast gave a new perspective to the game, highlighting the physical space and interaction of the fielders as well as the pitcher to the batter like no other prior broadcast. You need to see it to appreciate it. My perspective shifted from distant spectator in a 2D HDTV broadcast to an umpire's eye view and "you are there" immersive feel.

Of course there were a few technical glitches, but it seems real 3D TV is on its way.

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July 12, 2010

Everyone to have 3D TV by 2013? Not.

ubisoftlogo.jpg3D will be "installed in everyone's living room in three year's time," according to gaming company Ubisoft's head of marketing. Yeah, I can't see this. By 2013, most North Americans will own a 3D TV? Maybe 2D television stops working entirely and we're all forced to upgrade to a 3D set...But even then, how many of us can afford the technology at this point in time. I can't, that's for sure.

With the digital TV transition barely behind us, many people have just bought a brand new HDTV in the past couple of years. Are they really seeing the necessity of shelling out for 3D technology at this point in time? Especially when it's nascent and full of glitches? Unlikely.

I suppose Ubisoft is just trying to drum up some publicity for its own new 3D gaming titles by issuing such a bold statement. It's definitely a smart business move. But a reasonable statement? Not in my eyes.

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July 2, 2010

Apple TV to get revamped with new UI?

According to the New York Times, the failed Apple TV could be headed for a major overhaul and Apple could be making a play for your living room. As one of the last "disconnected" devices in the home, the television set is an important market. Sure, there are sets that allow internet connectivity. But no company has really revolutionized how we watch TV. Having the web on our living room TVs is cool, but not that important. With Google now making a play, Apple is looking to step in and offer some competition. Unofficial sources have told the times that the new Apple TV may use the same iOS operating system used by the iPhone, iPod and iPad. The hope for Apple would be that people access iTunes or a similar interface in order to purchase movies and TV shows. It could be lucrative for Apple if they get it right this time.

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June 10, 2010

Samsung adds Facebook, Google Maps to home theater gear

>samsunggooglemaps.jpgSamsung today has announced Google Maps and Facebook as additions to its growing Samsung Apps library. Now Samsung HDTV owners (40 inches and above) will be able to download the apps, as well as those that own 2010 Blu-ray players and home theaters. Presumably the functionality of the new apps will be the same as what you'd get if you were using either on your computer. The additions are added to the Samsung Apps library which already includes apps such as Pandora, Netflix, Twitter, Vudu, Blockbuster, USA Today and Pandora.

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June 2, 2010

Sharp launching 3D AQUOS series in Japan this July

sharp-3d-lv.jpgOn July 30th in Japan, Sharp will be releasing its first 3D HDTVs dubbed the AQUOS LV series. To be available in 40-, 46-, 52- and 60-inch display sizes, the 3D AQUOS models will feature Sharp's quad-pixel Quattron technology, 1080p resolution and a new proprietary technology called FRED supposedly able to increase brightness and reduce crosstalk. The sets will ship with AN-3DG10 3D glasses that have the capability to also switch to a 2D viewing mode. The LV series will also be compatible with Sharp's new BD-HDW700 and BD-HDW70 Blu-ray DVRs which will be capable of recording two TV program simultaneously and feature terabyte hard drives. No official word on pricing yet, but Japanese publication Impress Watch believes the 40-inch set will initially price at a little over US$3, 000 while the 60-incher will be a pricey, slightly-north-of $6, 500.

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Samsung owns 90% of global 3D HDTV market

samsung_3dtv.jpgAccording to South Korean newspaper Chosun, Samsung currently owns 90% of the world's 3D HDTV market. Of the first 300, 000 sets sold, 270, 000 have been Samsung. Of course, the 3D market isn't incredibly competitive at the moment. Panasonic has the cheapest sets on the market and LG has a couple of offerings, but Sony hasn't really finalized its 3D plans yet. Samsung was first to market and hence has taken an early lead. The company is the world's leading HDTV seller overall still with 18% of the total market. Much more competitive in LCD and plasma.

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June 1, 2010

May 25, 2010

LG shows off 84-inch 3D HDTV!!!

lg-843d.jpgLG isn't waiting for its 47- and 55-inch 3D HDTVs to circulate the globe before moving on to bigger and better displays. The company is showing off an 84-inch, 3,840 x 2,160 resolution, 3D display at the Society for Information Display expo in Seattle, Washington. Also on display is a 47-inch prototype display that doesn't require 3D glassses and a 21.5-inch optical touch LCD panel that pulls out both capacitive and resistive touch screen technologies.

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Canon cans SED HDTV

sed.pngCanon has decided to put a stop to the development of SED HDTVs for home use. SED, or surface-conduction electron-emitter, displays were a bid on the part of Toshiba and Canon starting in 1999 to create an alternative to the then expensive LCD and plasma displays. Setups hampered the technology since then, including a lawsuit and the departure of Toshiba. Compounding things has been the rapid decline in the prices of both LCD and plasma TVs in the past few years.

SED technology, which uses the same electron firing technology as CRT TVs, but at the pixel level, was supposed to be able to create the resolution and contrast of tube TVs, but with the thin design and other advantages of today's HDTVs.

Canon will still develop the technology for business and medical uses.

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May 11, 2010

Microsoft inks LG partnership for 3D Xbox 360

lg-xbox-360.jpgWithout much buzz whatsoever, it appears that Microsoft has entered into a partnership with LG to sell its Xbox 360 3D gaming capabilities alongside LG's 3D 55- and 47-inch LX9500 LED HDTVs. This partnership will only extend as far as the borders of South Korea for when it goes public in June, though plans are for an extension to the entire Asia-Pacific region. No word on a move across the pond to North America, nor is there any mention of new hardware for the Xbox 360 to ensure cooperation with LG 3D TVs.

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