3D TV makes a spectacle of itself

So 3D TV has arrived. Samsung and Panasonic have unveiled their new TV sets and Sony is prepping its intro for June. Programmers like CBS with the men's basketball Final Four and ESPN with World Cup soccer are lining up to send balls into your living room. But there's a catch.

"To watch the 3D shows, just like in the movies, viewers need a pair of spiffy electronic glasses that cost upwards of $200 apiece," reports the New York Daily News. Presumably, consumers with vision problems might even need prescription 3D glasses. If you don't wear the glasses, the pictures are blurred, although the sets do convert signals back to 2D.

All this is not to say that 3D TV won't take off as the neatest new gadget since the DVR. Certainly CableLabs is trying to be prepared by offering testing capabilities for 3D TV implementation covering the full range of technologies that might run over cable, including various frame compatibility, spatial multiplexing solutions for transmission.

For more:
- see this story from the NY Daily News
- and this story from USA Today

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