The newest broadcasting craze is 3D television. The technology has been in the works for some time but the recent influx in 3D box office has prompted the industry to work a little faster to get consumers involved. Not to mention the slow death of the flat panel TV market.
The 3D process doesn’t look like it’s diminished the quality of the high definition image. A Best Buy, Inc. ® retailer in North Dartmouth, MA had a home theater setup in the rear of their store a few months ago so that customers could experience these new sets. After testing it, there’s nothing but good things to say about the picture quality. It should be noted that the movie playing in this theater setup was animated.
There are only two slightly negative aspects and those are the glasses and the player. 3D glasses are expensive and they don’t always come packaged with the set. And of course there is no such thing as backward capability so the consumer has no choice but to buy another Blu-Ray Disc™ player for the movies that will be reformatted for this technology.
If memory serves, a cord was hanging from the set of glasses in the home theater area. After asking about this, a sales associate mentioned something about the glasses running on batteries or electricity. For portability sake, rechargeable batteries should always be available. A person watching a movie with an electrical cord hanging from their face is not only uncomfortable but could also prove to be a safety hazard.
Another very important piece of information was discovered during this trip. A friend in the group who tried these glasses found that the technology didn’t work because of a vision difficulty. So, not everyone will benefit from 3D television.
Select cable and satellite stations are already gearing up to offer 3D telecasts. One sports channel that jumped on the bandwagon almost immediately was ESPN.