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3D Blu-ray Closer to Reality

Posted May 20, 2008 06:49 PM by Josh Dreuth

Blu-ray DiscTDVision Systems will present a new 3D system at SID 2008 that not only makes use of a standard Blu-ray disc, but is also compatible with existing, non-3D Blu-ray players. Unlike other high definition 3D options, when the 3D film is played in a non-3D Blu-ray player, it will play without any loss of quality, color, frame rate, or resolution.

The 3D system is compatible with current 3D televisions from Samsung and Mitsubishi which make use of the Texas Instruments 3D DLP chips.

Ethan Schur, Director of Product Marketing for TDVision Systems commented, "TDVision has enabled a media breakthrough with our AlterSpace product by enabling the world's first and only stereoscopic virtual world featuring media sharing and viewing. Compatible with multiple 3D display devices, this will be the industry standard that others go by."


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bkbluray
 - May 20, 2008

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I wonder if it'll be compatible with my TV...

EDIT: Probably not...

Midnightsailor
 - May 20, 2008

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It's nice that the technology's there...but I prefer my movies the way I watch them now. =\

Elandyll
 - May 20, 2008

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sounds cool. Now let's see some good movies in 3D with that technology

Minimejer05
 - May 20, 2008

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Sweet... I think my TV is 3D capable!!

chnandler_bong
 - May 20, 2008

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I'd like to see a list of 3D compatible TVs...

EvolutionCherry
 - May 20, 2008

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I doubt it's compatible with mine. Interesting though.

erichd41
 - May 20, 2008

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I know mine's not compatible, but it's good to know that the 3D technology will be using blu-ray ... instead of moving on to another type of format.

sardaukar1977
 - May 21, 2008

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not going to do me a lot of good.

UKTruBlu
 - May 21, 2008

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How do you know what tv's are compatible?

NutsAboutPS3
 - May 21, 2008

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I don't see how there can be no loss of quality? Surely it needs to store an extra video stream that will use up some disc space that could otherwise be used to improve the quality of the non-3D image. So if you don't have 3D equipment, you should get better picture quality from a non-3D disc with a higher bitrate.

Frumious Boojum
 - May 21, 2008

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I really need to get one of those 3D DLP TVs...

The big problem will continue to be content, though. That's the big problem that we've had with 3D DVDs for years: Outside of some of the lesser IMAX films, there's not much to see in 3D on DVD. They did release P&S versions of Spy Kids 3-D and Shark Boy and Lava Girl in shutter formats (which would only make those films only slightly more watchable), but that's mostly the best we have to go by for 3D DVD.

Universal had announced that they were releasing some of their classics on DVD in shutter formats (Creature from the Black Lagoon, et al), but haven't actually heard of them actually being released.

As a 3D enthusiast and photographer, I'd love for this to succeed. But, we'll need a lot of content before this can ever be worth it. Disney, Universal, and Warner combined could provide enough content for this to actually be worth it if they'd just put the effort. (I'd LOVE to have a disc of the classic Disney park films! A disc with the Mickey Mouse Club 3-D Jamboree and Captain EO would be a must-buy!)

Hey, if they're going to put in the extra programming to make a couple of people's seats move, then why not just add the extra effort to give us the 3-D versions of these films?

CptGreedle
 - May 21, 2008

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Very cool.
Perhaps my next TV purchase (several years from now) will be for a 3D HDTV.
I still wonder if they will ever be able to utilize the 120fps 3D effect... (the one where they make a 3D
image on a 120fps capable TV by switching between frames and using carefully timed shutter
glasses.) Prolly not.

Sonny
 - May 21, 2008

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Im gunna have to bust out the red & blu glasses

tricky
 - May 21, 2008

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I've known about this technology for some time now,and I've been anxiously waiting for it. It was a deciding factor when I purchased my TV several months ago. I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THIS IN ACTION!

davelistro
 - May 21, 2008

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For some titles this option may be cool but I see this getting old quickly. It would be something to see once or twice, but I cant see sitting down after dinner to put on a pair of 3D glasses with a few people and watching a 3D movie. Again something to intrest new buyers but my next TV wont be either of those brands.

Metal_Kizz
 - May 21, 2008

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i'll pass. think ill wait for the other breakthrough that lets u watch movies in full hd with 7.1 dtshd audio inside your own head. untill then ill stick with the pretty much perfect visuals of blu rays as they exist now.

stephen70
 - May 22, 2008

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Many Disney animated movies are made in 3D and more movies are being shot in 3D now (ie beowulf) it's great blu-ray disk will support it.
This could be the beginning of 3d movie distribuition.

The other format i would like to see is 1080p48 ( double rate ) - Yes motion flow TV's can try simulate it but the real thing is far better ( same as upscalling) .

I was wondering how soon 3D would be available for the home cinema this may be the start of it.

Rabidhunter
 - May 24, 2008

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3D movies seems to be more of a nitch market than anything.

vick vega
 - May 25, 2008

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I rember when I was young going to Universal(which ever one is in Flordia) and seeing the Michael Jackson 3D movie. Just remember the snarf like character flying around.


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