Foxtel are set to launch Australia's dedicated 3D channel.
Foxtel, in November, are starting a 3D channel as well as introducing a new range of high-definition channels.
The quick move into 3D gives Foxtel an advantage as the free-to-air networks only broadcast 3D in trial mode. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) will limit the trial broadcasts of the AFL and NRL grand finals from the Seven and Nine networks to all major cities while it had "a review of certain spectrum, licensing and consumer policy issues associated with 3D TV".
Patrick Delany, the Foxtel executive director of sales and product development said that they had been trialling a 3D channel for a while now and had realised there was plenty of content to push such a channel. He also added "There's turning out to be quite a bit here, plenty of live stuff coming down the pipes".
One of the things that most people don't like about the current 3D tech in homes and theaters is the need for glasses to view the content. In home theater tech the glasses are expensive active units typically costing $150 or more per set.
The real adoption of 3D TV at home will start when there are sets on the market that need no glasses to view. We are getting closer to the no glasses viewing with new displays like the Toshiba Mobile Display Co 21-inch autostereoscopic HD display that as revealed today needing no glasses.
The screen uses special multi-parallax technology to produce 3D images without needing glasses with wide viewing angles. The screen also has a special filter layer that makes it as bright as comparable 2D screens.
Everyone is going 3D; from Movies, to TV to personal gaming systems. It seems like the 3D craze is back. Many of these systems are quite good, others not so good and a few almost funny. One of the funny ones is the latest from Sony. They were talking up their 3D for the PS3 and finally had to admit that it was going to come at a price.
This price will not just be in money but there will also be some loss of detail and even the need to upscale to get to proper resolutions. It seems that to get 2D games to run 3D Sony broke the 1080 stream into two 720 streams at 30Hz. This is not exactly what you would have expected (1080p at 120Hz) and for games that already run at 720p they have to upscale to get the proper video information.
Of course you have a different story if the game is coded to run Sony's 3D natively.
Large OLED screens are very expensive. This is the reason we have only started to see OLEDs become common in smartphones. There are a few OLED TVs on the market, but they are so expensive that they are far from common today.
A company called TVLogic has unveiled a pair of new OLED displays for computer users that have 15-inch screens. The two displays share many of the same features including 3G/HD/SD-SDI inputs and outputs, HDMI in, DVI in, and 1:1 pixel mapping.
The screens have 100,000:1 contrast ratios and 180-degree viewing angles among other features. The difference is that the LEM-150W is a 2D display while the TDM-150W is a 3D stereoscopic display. Pricing for the displays is unknown.
Sharp breaks a new milestone in the LCD panel market segment announcing today th world's first 3D LCD with four base colors (the standard base colors are a trio of red, green and blue, whereas Sharp has added yellow) to further improve on the quality of its 3D affect over competitors' offerings.
Sharp also claims that this new model of LCD is around 80% brighter than other models in its line-up as well as being the brightest in the market to date.
Complimenting Sharp's Aquos LCD TV line-up, we're not exactly sure when this new model will hit the market, only that Sharp say it will be 'sometime before summer' in Japan and it's expected it should start selling globally by the end of this year.
We should know quite a bit more about it when the company reveals more technical information on the panel sometime next month.
Mitsubishi has been in the home theater market for a long time with a wide range of TVs and other gear. The company has announced its new line of DLP 3D TVs for 2010 in large screen sizes and offering lots of features.
The new line of TVs integrates 16-speaker 5.1 Dolby digital surround sound and has internet media streaming capability. The sets are being offered in 60, 65, 73, and 82-inch screen sizes. The line of sets all use DLP tech for image quality on par with that in many movie theaters.
The new line of sets falls into the 628, 738, and 838 series. All of the sets support full 1080p resolution and are 3D ready. The 638 series ranges in price from $1,199 to $1,999. The 738 series ranges from $1,399 to $3,799. The 838 series runs from $2,199 to $4,499.
I have long though that 3D TV in the home won't really go mainstream until the tech is cheaper and you can watch without having to wear glasses. Glasses free 3D tech is certainly coming, look at the recently announced Nintendo 3DSi for proof.
A 3D TV has turned up on Amazon with scant information offered. Amazon doesn't even have a pic of the thing made by a company called StreamTV that according to Google doesn't exist (or at least it doesn't show up in search).
The set is a 42-inch unit with an integrated Blu-ray player that promises 3D playback without needing glasses. If you are brave, you can pre-order the thing for $5,999.99 with the set supposedly shipping on May 7.
3D technology is going to be huge in the living room, but that's not the only place the tech will land. We have portable devices like the Nintendo 3DSi that will make 3D gaming portable. 3D tech is also expected to show up in the mobile phone world.
A patent app has surfaced from Motorola that shows a novel way of creating 3D effects on a clamshell phone. The device has two displays without on the outside that is opaque and one on the inside that is more traditional.
When the phone is open, the inner display shows 2D content. However, when closed the inner and outer screen work together to create 3D effects.
With the Blu-ray 3D standard clear to be grounding itself as a technology that's here to stay, Cyberlink has become the first developer of Blu-ray player software to receive Blu-ray 3D Player Certification from the BR Disc Association; this of course for its highly popular PowerDVD suite.
The certification ensures that PowerDVD is capable of delivering the full Blu-ray 3D experience on the PC without compromise; this including 3D content in menus, subtitles, BD-J interaction and Blu-ray video.
A "Mark 11" version of PowerDVD 10 is said to be coming out this summer which will allow consumers to add Blu-ray 3D playback and 3D to 3D video file conversion abilities to their system; this will be a free update for existing PowerDVD 10 Ultra owners.
The press release has full details on the new update here.
This afternoon TAITRA shipped ourselves and many other international press over to the MSI headquarters for a look at some of its new and upcoming products in the mobile space. This was after the Computex 2010 pre-show press conference that was held earlier today and we'll be covering that shortly.
While MSI was showcasing its full range of new notebooks, there were also some all-in-one systems on display. One that got our attention right away was an unreleased 3D capable all-in-one system called, err... it is still new and a model name hasn't been decided on yet. We covered it on video below for you guys to get a closer look.
Did we mention that the panel will also support multi-touch technology and come installed with Windows 7 Home Premium to make that work properly. The Chi Mei made Full HD panel is 23.6-inches in size and of course has a 120Hz refresh rate for the 3D part to work. The system comes with one set of active-shutter 3D glasses also from Chi Mei and extras will be able to be bought, but for what price we were not told. The 3D technology is provided from ATI with the installed Radeon HD 5730 video card.
The system will be decked out with 4GB of DDR3 memory and a 1TB SATA2 hard drive. It has not been decided yet on whether or not a Core i5 or Core i7 processor will be used, either you would think should be suitable just fine for a system of this kind. Expect it to go on sale in July and the final price has not been confirmed yet.
SPARKLE is giving NVIDIA a helping hand in pushing its 3D Vision technology by putting together a promotional bundle package which includes the 3D Vision glasses, drivers, software and a bunch of 3D Vision supporting game titles together with one of SPARKLE's factory overclocked GeForce GT 240 graphics cards.
Two models of card carrying the bundle are on offer, one being the GT 240 GDDR5 OC Edition which runs clockspeeds of 561/1371/3400 MHz for the GPU, shader and memory out of the box and comes with either 512MB or 1GB memory.
The other card SPARKLE is doing with the bundle is part of its Calibre series, the X240/X240G with 630/1677/3600 MHz frequencies.
The entire bundle comprises the following bits and pieces :-
- a custom-designed, specialized anaglyph (red/cyan) glasses
- Nvidia software to transform over 350 standard PC games into full 3D
- Nvidia 3D Movie and Video player software, along with free downloads of 3D movies, pictures, and game previews
- four games - Portal, Half-life2: Death Match, Half-life 2:Lost Coast (not actually a game but a HDR demo) and Peggle Extreme
These are limited edition packages and won't be around for too long; they are donoted by the "3D Vision and Power Pack Inside" label on the boxing.
I have known since I read about the first 3D TV long ago that I had to have one. There were lots of 3D sets at CES this year and one of the firs lines to hit the market are the Samsung 3D TVs.
TechRadar has reviewed one of the Samsung 3D sets along with the required $150 Samsung active 3D glasses and overall things were grand it seems. The pub describes a few "unpredictable results" with frame delay techniques.
The big thing I hate to hear about Samsung sets is that they include no glasses and the glasses are $150 per set. A family of four will need to drop $3K on the 3D TV and then another $600 on glasses alone.
Both NVIDIA and AMD partner Club 3D has just unveiled a non-reference version of AMD's Radeon HD 5850 graphics card which it simply calls the Radeon HD 5850 Overclocked Edition with its higher clock rates on tap.
There's more to the card than just higher clock speeds, however. It uses a custom PCB and cooler to make sure its 760MHz GPU and 1050MHz (4200MHz effective) memory clocks are as stable as a rock. But while those increases over the stock 725MHz/1000MHz setup don't seem like much, there's bound to be a lot of headroom for some manual overclocking goodness with this variant.
A bit about the cooler; it is of a dual-slot nature with the use of four protruding heatpipes that run to a large heatsink with aluminum fins of which a centrally positioned fan blows air directly down.
No word on a release date or pricing as yet.
3D is going to be really big this year with 3D Blu-ray movies set to debut and 3D games coming this year. To be able to view the 3D content on your computer you are going to need a compatible screen and Acer has debuted one today.
The screen is called the GD235HZ and is designed to work with the NVIDIA Vision active 3D glasses system. The LCD has a 120Hz refresh rate and a native resolution of 1920 x 1080. The screen measures 23.6-inches and has a pixel pitch of 0.2715.
Other features include a 2ms gray to gray response time, 80,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and a 1000:1 native contrast ratio. The screen has HDMI, DVI, and VGA inputs. The screen will ship this month for $399.99.
James Cameron's Avatar movie has now become the most successful movie ever made. With the film racking up such huge profits, a game based on the movie was inevitable. Ubisoft and 20th Century Fox are taking about the game a bit today.
The two firms have announced that they will be using RealD 3D technology, the same tech behind the 3D version of the film, on the video game titled James Cameron's Avatar: The Game. The game will be coming for the Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles.
We already knew that the PS3 would get an update that would allow it to support stereoscopic 3D games and movies. I didn't know that the Xbox 360 would support 3D as well. The launch date for the game is unknown.
CES has come and gone and one of the coolest technologies that was everywhere at the show was 3D gear. We saw a wide variety of new 3D TVs and displays turn up this year. Those 3D systems typically require glasses of some sort to view the content.
XpanD announced new 3D active glasses at the show called the X103. The glasses will support 3D technology on almost any 3D capable device from a laptop to a desktop monitor or a big TV in the living room.
The glasses are offered in different colors and styles and they use a pi-cell to block each eye in an alternating method. The glasses work with most devices that display content at 120fps. Pricing for the glasses is unknown.
CES 2010 - If all goes well, consumers should be able to get their first taste of 3D Blu-ray on their computers and laptops midway through this year.
During Digital Experience we hooked up with Tom from CyberLink here in the USA who gave us a rundown on the technology, a look at the different glasses options and probably your very first look at PowerDVD 3D up and running for real, albeit a very early version, but a look nonetheless. Watch our video below.
In the demo that was on show, an Intel P55 system was setup and considering that 3D Blu-ray requires two renders of the movie to produce the extra dimension, the CPU usage of around 4 - 8% was amazing, and we are working with early software and drivers - and that is something to keep in mind.
Judging by what I saw, it seems like progress on the new tech is going very well and we might actually see a launch as mentioned. But for all the folks involved in Blu-ray on PC, let's get bitstreaming working, like now... okay?
The biggest news this week was that the 3D Blu-ray specifications were finalized. Along with that finalization, we learned that the PS3 would support 3D Blu-ray. If you have seen a 3D film in the theaters in recent months, it was likely powered by RealD 3D technology.
Sony and RealD announced this week that they were teaming up to integrate RealD stereoscopic 3D technology into Sony consumer products in 2010. The tech will be integrated into Bravia TVs and eyewear to support 3D in homes.
I wonder if the RealD tech will be used in the PS3 update for 3D Blu-ray. This 3D tech will be a big deal in 2010 as more and more people looked to upgrade. I hope that broadcasters start to pick up 3D content as well.
The first time I saw HD and Blu-ray tech was at CES a few years back. This year at CES 3D technology will be big and major companies like AMD will be showing off 3D Blu-ray. The Blu-ray Disc Association has announced the final specifications for 3D Blu-ray are complete.
The specs were a group effort with Hollywood studios, consumer electronics makers and more. The spec will allow the delivery of 1080p resolution to each eye. The design of the specs allows 3D Blu-ray to work on LCD or plasma TVs with any available 3D technology.
The best news is that the PS3 will be 3D capable so we should have a firmware update coming to enable that at some point. The specs call for encoding 3D using the MVC codec, an extension to the ITU-T H.264 AVC codec already used by Blu-ray players. 3D discs will be playable in 2D on standard players and 2D discs will be playable in 3D players. Equipment with 3D Blu-ray support is expected in 2010.
The folks at Engadget were lucky enough to have recently gotten a taste of NVIDIA's 3D Blu-ray ecosystem on one of Acer's upcoming LCD beauties, the 120Hz NVIDIA 3D-ready 24" G245.
During their demo session they also learned a bit about the 3D Blu-ray format which is a backward compatible 1080p source, but uses the new MVC-AVC format to provide a 3D image for both the software and decoding hardware that is able to make use of it.
As far as supporting NVIDIA cards go, the GT 220 and GT 240 can make use of 3D Blu-ray, with NVIDIA's upcoming Fermi cards carrying support as well. It's been said that supporting software won't be an issue with all the main mobs (Arcsoft, Core, Cyberlink and Sonic) all nodding their heads to prepare for 3D Blu-ray titles and have support in time for shipping next year.
CES 2010 is only a few weeks away and one of the coolest things that has been announced to debut at the show is the AMD stereoscopic Blu-ray 3D demo. AMD says that it will be providing a demonstration in conjunction with CyberLink.
This should be cool, this year at CES, one of the most interesting things I saw was the NVIDIA 3D active glasses demo. AMD is making the demo using the coming standards for stereoscopic Blu-ray 3D.
The standard promises the type of 3D visual effects that consumers enjoy at the theater. If works as well as the standard 3D content you can already enjoy, it should be a big deal.