Three in five new TVs will be 3D-enabled by 2017, says Futuresource

Posted on 26 Sep 2013 at 13:01PM

3D TV sales are likely to grow from 59.3 million this year to 157.7 million by 2017, according to Futuresource Consulting.

The growth will mean that 3D hardware will account for 58% of TV sales by 2017, up from 18% last year.nFuturesource said however that 3D content is likely to become restricted to premium and on-demand offerings, citing the example of the UK where BSkyB and Virgin Media have continued to increase the range of 3D programming available on their platforms while the BBC has put its trials on ice for three years.

Elsewhere the picture is mixed, said Futuresource. BT Sport has stated it has no interest in the technology, while US-based ESPN and France 

Intel delays consumer TV box yet again – report

Posted on 28 Sep 2013 at 02:02AM

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Intel is reportedly delaying the launch of a planned set-top box with pay-per-view content after a distinct lack of interest among partners.

Bloomberg reports that the previously planned launch of the box in time for this year's holiday season has now been delayed until at least 2014. Attempts by Intel to find partners for the device such as Amazon, Netflix, or Samsung to provide content are meeting with little success, sources inside the company report.

"For Intel or anyone else to launch and pay the networks what they're getting from the cable companies makes it a very difficult proposition," Berna…

Philips 46PFL8008S

Philips 46PFL8008S

Posted on 28 Sep 2013 at 09:09AM

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For this review we tested the 46in model in the Philips 8000 series, but it's also available in a 55in (55PFL8008S) screen size. All models have identical specifications except for their dimensions and power usage. We're confident that image quality will be practically identical across the range.

If you're looking for a top of the range TV that can turn heads…

Hands On: LG HD 3D Smart TV 55LA8600

Hands On: LG HD 3D Smart TV 55LA8600

Posted on 11 Sep 2013 at 12:12PM

Buying a TV is now akin to purchasing a computer with a myriad of options and features to think about for the average Joe. Certainly, the latest smart TV from LG – the 55LA8600 – doesn’t pull back on the features.

The most obvious “differentiator” that LG has is the use of passive 3D glasses. Unlike its rivals, the glasses do not need batteries and do not flicker to create 3D images. The glasses are light and made cheaply available.

The other 3D feature is the 2D to 3D conversion that takes normal TV signals and creates a bit of depth for the background. In addition, the TV creates pop-out effects for the subtitles to complete the illusion of 3D.


Breaking Bad is… it's… it's… it's [Uncontrollable sobbing.]

Breaking Bad is… it's… it's… it's [Uncontrollable sobbing.]

Posted on 29 Sep 2013 at 19:07PM

Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Sunday, September 29. All times are Eastern.


Breaking Bad (AMC, 9 p.m.): No. No no no no no. It’s just… it’s just… it’s just that… it’s just that—the finale? Already? It’s not fair. IT’S NOT FAIR! Yeah, sure, Better Call Saul and Need For Speed and The Michael J. Fox Show, but but but but but but but… why now? Why tonight? Why not next week? Or, like, next year? It’s just… It’s just… [Deep sigh.] Donna Bowman?


Once Upon A Time (ABC, 8 p.m.): Cold comfort: The night that rips Breaking Bad out of our hazmat-suited fingers is also the biggest night of the fal…

ESPN 3D to Go Dark On September 30

Posted on 10 Sep 2013 at 01:01AM

nnnn News Update -- Updated 8:20 p.m. ET, Sept. 9 ESPN 3D to Go Dark On September 30 By SwanniFollow @SwanniOnTV n Washington, D.C. (September 9, 2013) - This is an update on our previous coverage of ESPN's decision to close its 3D channel. See our earlier article below.n ESPN announced in June that it would close its 3D channel by year's end, but did not reveal a specific end date. Well, we have one now -- September 30.n DIRECTV, Comcast, Cablevision and Cox have all notified their subscribers that they will no longer carry ESPN 3D on September 30. And ESPN spokeswoman Amanda DeCastro confirmed to tonight that the channel will go off the ai…

TeleCapri, TCN launch free 3D service in Naples

TeleCapri, TCN launch free 3D service in Naples

Posted on 25 Sep 2013 at 16:04PM

Italian local TV channels Telecapri and TCN-TeleCapriNews have started technical tests of anaglyph 3D, a three-dimensional technology visible on all TV sets.

The tests will serve to optimise the broadcasting and transmission technology and sites and acquaint viewers with the procedures. The 3D programmes are transmitted on Telecapri (DTT channel 76) at 08:50 and on TCN-TeleCapriNews (DTT channel 74) at 14.30, 16.30 and 21.30 hours.

To watch the 3D programmes, viewers must use new anaglyph glasses (a new version of the old two-colour glasses, designed in Italy, but produced elsewhere), at a cost of €0.90. The glasses are distributed in local stores.

The initiati…

Do I Need A 3D TV?

Posted on 23 Sep 2013 at 08:08AM

The past several years has seen the rise of 3D, both in the movie theaters and at home. More and more TVs are capable of 3D, causing many to ask: Do I really need this? I’ve gotten other, similar, questions, like “Is everything 3D on a 3D TV?” and “Can I get a TV without 3D?”

Well… yes and no.

What It Is

Most new TVs have the capability to display 3D. The most common source for 3D content is specific 3D Blu-rays, but certain games and a handful of cable/satellite channels also have 3D content. These TVs, generally, also have the ability to convert 2D content into 3D, but this isn’t nearly as good as “real” 3D content.<…

Nintendo 2DS Set For Oct 12 Launch, Priced $130

Nintendo 2DS Set For Oct 12 Launch, Priced $130

Posted on 29 Aug 2013 at 07:07AM

Nintendo has announced its new gaming console, the 2DS which has one D less. Or to put it in another way, the console has been stripped of its 3D capabilities. The above move is hardly surprising as we move into what can be described as a phase where 3D is finally settling down or is achieving a state of maturity. There has been a general lack of interest towards 3D, something exemplified by the falling ticket sales of 3D movies, the shutting down of 3D channels and so on.

For Nintendo too these are desperate times and the company is aiming to settle down around its core areas of competence, that of offering a pure no frills gaming experience. The new Nintendo 2DS can be con…

Samsung UN46F8000 46-inch 3D Smart LED/LCD TV

Posted on 01 Aug 2013 at 19:07PM

2. 1080p video upscaling/processing for all non-1080p input sources as well as native 1080p input capability.

3. LED Edge-Lighting System with Micro Dimming Ultimate.

4. The UN46F8000 employs Active Shutter Glasses for 3D viewing. Four pairs are included with the TV. The glasses require batteries and are not rechargeable (initial set of batteries provided)

5. High Definition Compatible Inputs: Four HDMI (includes one MHL-compatible), One Component (via supplied adapter cable).

6. Standard Definition-Only Inputs: Two Composite video inputs accessible via provided adapters.

7. One set of Analog stereo inputs that is paired with the component …

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