3D is a major milestone in television technology. If you're considering a new TV, read on to learn how 3D technology works; see what you need to start watching...
3D is a feature on a standard HDTV with the capability to display three-dimensional images from 3D content. Right now, alongside a growing catalog of 3D blu-ray movies, some 3D programming is available on cable and pay-per-view and new 3D films and shows are being made all the time. There are also entire 3D cable networks currently under development for the near future.
From sci-fi to sports, documentaries to kids' flicks, 3D is the next big thing for the world of home theater. HDTV may make your image look brilliant, but only 3D promises explosions that make you flinch and landscapes that seem to be rolling out of your TV.
What You Will Need:
- A 3D-enabled TV or 3D-enabled Projector - You can find the 3D feature available in certain high-end LCD, LED, and plasma HDTVs. Many 3D TVs are top-of-the line models with impressive depth, high resolution, and rich, full color whether you're watching 3D or 2D.
- A 3D-enabled Blu-ray disc player, HD-cable, or HD-satellite box - To play 3D Blu-ray discs, you'll need a 3D-enabled Blu-ray player along with a high-speed HDMI cable for connecting your 3D TV to a 3D-ready Blu-ray player. In the case of your cable or satellite box, your current one may already work or you may need to check with your provider for an upgrade.
- 3D Content - Currently, alongside a growing catalog of 3D Blu-ray movies, some 3D programming is available on cable and pay-per-view. New 3D content is being created all the time—more and more films and shows are being shot and broadcast in 3D and entire 3D cable networks are in the works.
- 3D Glasses - There's no watching 3D without them. Two common types of 3D glasses available for home use are Active 3D and Passive 3D. Be sure to get the same brand of glasses as your TV—3D technology is proprietary to each manufacturer, so one company's glasses will not be compatible with a different company's TV.