3D News Round Up

3D has become mainstream in our cinemas again, although for purely cynical reasons from the film studios part, a great way to revive flagging audience numbers and piracy, however now we have Sky launching the first 3D channel in the UK and manufacturers fighting over who’s standards should be used, 3D is about to invade the home, big time!

Here is a clip from Which explaining how the Sky 3D service will work:

The next clip is of Philips WOWvx 3D display technology that requires no special glasses at all to work :

So what else is in the news?

Well according to HDGURU the US is getting its first 3D channel early next year. Direct TV plan to make the announcement at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES) which kicked off today. DirectTV’s existing customers will receive a firmware update to allow them to watch the 3D content, whatever that is. As long as they have a 3D TV of course. I can’t help feeling take up may be a bit slow.

Kotaku are reporting that Majesco is bringing 3D gaming/movies to the Wii console this spring with a film based shooter and red/blue glasses.

“We all dream about being the hero in our favourite action movies,” said Gui Karyo, Executive Vice President of Operations for Majesco. “Attack of the Movies 3D lets you live that experience out with a realism and dimensionality previously only found in movie theatres.”


The BBC are reporting an impending explosion of 3D TV. We better duck then, damn the BBC are so on the ball, nobody else had seen that coming.

Oh lets not forget Sky’s early xmas prezzie that will be coming late… wait did they say which xmas it was for?

What can we expect to see at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas:

  • AMD announced it will demonstrate a Blu-ray stereoscopic 3D standard showcasing how consumers will soon get to enjoy HD 3D entertainment.
  • NVIDIA will showcase 3D Blu-ray playback technologies at CES 2010. NVIDIA and movie playback software developers including Arcsoft (TotalMedia Theatre), Corel (WinDVD), Cyberlink (PowerDVD Ultra) and Sonic (Roxio CinePlayer BD) have been working together to develop programs that support 3D Blu-ray titles, which are limited to just a few as of today. Major titles in 3D Blu-ray will be hitting stores in 2010. We can expect to see many 3D Blu-ray titles at CES 2010 including ones that will work with NVIDIA’s 3D Vision. More
  • Swiss audio technology company, Sonic Emotion , will debut its 3D sound technologies on the US market at CES 2010.
  • Look for Sony, Samsung, Mitsubishi, LG and other manufacturers to showcase flashy 3D displays at CES.  Sony has recently announced a partnership with 3D tech firm RealD to bring 3D technology to Sony Bravia HDTVs and the Playstation 3 Blu-ray player.

Other things in the news:

  • Tim Burton ’s Alice in Wonderland for television and Steven Spielberg ’s live-action Tintin for the big screen will be matched by major 3D video game efforts potentially involving next-next gen consoles.
  • Welho, the cable broadcaster based in Finland, has begun testing out 3D TV with customers located around the Helsinki area. The company is another broadcaster looking to offer a full 3D TV channel at some point during 2010.
  • The Blu-Ray Disc Association this week announced specifications for creating full 1080p 3D Blu-Ray content. The first 3D-enabled Blu-ray players will likely debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.
  • Major TV manufacturers are hoping 3D TV becomes the next big thing. Sony , for instance, predicts that 3D sets will compose 30 to 50 percent of all the TVs it sells in its 2012 fiscal year.
  • Sony has its proprietary LCD panel driving technology to reproduce full HD 3D images on the screen of new “BRAVIA” LCD TVs, which will work in sync with new 3D eyewear based on RealD’s technology. We are excited to work with RealD in bringing 3D to the home,” said Hiroshi Yoshioka, Executive Deputy President, Officer in charge of Consumer Products and Devices Group, Sony Corporation.
  • Expected to debut sometime in 2010, LG’s 23-inch HDTV will feature a 1920 X 1080 pixel resolution 3D display which purportedly offers image quality that’s almost twice as crisp as existing 3D monitors, thanks to LG’s proprietary “high performance 3D exclusive controller” and “copper bus line.”. They are also expecting to ship 30 million units by 2012.
  • The Chairman of Sony is forecasting 3D TV, movies, pictures and games will be the electronics maker’s next $10 billion business.  Sony’s profits have tumbled over the past two years, posting consecutive losses for the first time in 50 years. Hoping to turn things around, Sony is forecasting its 3D-related products will generate more than $11 billion in the 12 months ending March 2013.Sony also confirmed that the PlayStation 3 will be receiving a firmware update to enable 3D gaming by the end of 2010.
  • The World cup will be shot in 3D for all those millions who have taken the plunge and bought into the technology.

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