A 3D SuperHero Arrives

December 20th, 2013 · 3D Content, Newsflash


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Content shot in 3D has a loyal audience, including children, animation buffs, and extreme sports enthusiasts. Many people in that last group are also fans of GoPro Hero video cameras. A recent story on the show detailed the story of GoPro’s founder, Nick Woodman, who in 2004 created the first GoPro camera—a version that used 35mm film—to capture high-quality images of himself surfing. A digital version arrived in 2005, and in 2012 Taiwanese manufacturing giant Foxconn invested $200 million in the company.

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When Everyone Goes Android

September 30th, 2013 · 3D Content, Newsflash

We thought it was a little misleading when TV makers began calling their TVs “smart” since, compared to Android and iOS devices, the whole smart factor of most TVs seemed limited.

But sure, the new TVs have apps. They’re at least kind of “smart.”

However, the segment is growing. And the Android operating system appears to be leading the way. We recently wrote about Xiaomi, the Chinese TV maker who is releasing an Android-based 3D TV. Today we read about Kogan, an Australian maker that is also featuring an Android interface.

The latest is that Sony is releasing an Android dongle for its existing Bravia TVs. You may plug the dongle directly into the MHL or HDMI input of your TV, and boom! You now have a smart interface with apps like Netflix, YouTube, and growing possibilities with the Google Play store. The future is nigh.

Greg Fischer, @guru_apprentice

Source: 3DTVWatcher.co.uk

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LG Works with Popular Comic Book Games

September 30th, 2013 · 3D Content, Newsflash


Forget your traditional gaming system for just a moment and play right from your LG 3D Smart TV.

Yep, soon the latest in video games based on Batman, Thor, Spider-Man, and Iron Man may be played right from your LG 3D Smart TV. Gaming company Gameloft’s new comic book game titles may be played using your tablet or smartphone as the controller.

Alexandre Tan, VP business and development and brand partnerships for Gameloft says they are thrilled that these games look great on a large TV. The Dark Knight Rises for LG Cinema 3D Smart TV will be available later this year. The other titles are said to follow.

Don’t believe us? See the video demo here.

Greg Fischer, @guru_apprentice

Source: Mobile-Ent.biz

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South Park Titles Get 3D Facelift

September 30th, 2013 · 3D Content, Newsflash


The Comedy Central Network’s popular animated series featured a new opening title sequence last week using 3D animation for the first time.

A sign of the times? We’re not entirely sure about that. The opening title sequence still features Stan, Kyle, Kenny, and Cartman along with the rest of the townies in South Park. But instead of the traditional, wonky 2D style of the show we now see a stylish 3D interpretation.

Apparently, some fans voiced their opinions on the new opening sequence on the South Park Facebook page. The new titles got a mixed reception. But from what we can tell, the change isn’t bad at all. It’s pretty cool. Watch it here if you haven’t seen it yet.

Greg Fischer, @guru_apprentice

Source: DigitalSpy.com

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The Length of Greatness

September 29th, 2013 · 3D OLED, Newsflash


LG recently unveiled a 77-inch curved UHD TV, the world’s largest. Don’t worry, unless you’re in the one percent or rob a bank you can’t afford it.

But it is something to behold. It was beautifully on display at this year’s IFA event. Held in Berlin, the IFA is an enormous consumer electronics show that took place earlier in September.

On the other hand, Samsung unveiled their heavy hitters at the same time. A 98-inch and 110-inch UHD model respectively, just not curved. But go ahead and make your own IMAX-style theater in your home. We don’t suggest putting it in the living room though, unless you want some weird echo things going on.

Greg Fischer, @guru_apprentice

Source: Good3DTV.com

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Get a Killer Samsung 3D TV for Under a Grand

September 29th, 2013 · 3D LED, Newsflash


We just read a personal blog from someone who wanted to upgrade to a 3D TV earlier this year, and we were happy to hear they found exactly what they were looking for.

They basically went to BJ’s, a Costco or Sam’s Club-type-place, and got a decent deal on a fresh 46-inch Samsung 3D TV (model number UN46ES7100). We also found it funny that this person was disgusted by Best Buy. However, we found better deals on Amazon and would like to share them with you.

It is a weird juncture in the home theater with the dawn of 4K technology and the remaining growth of 3D TV purchases in the coming years. The way we see it: no big deal. Go with it, either way.

Now the point. If you go to Amazon and search the model number (above) of this 3D TV you can find some solid deals. If you don’t mind a refurbished product (which may work amazingly), you can score the latest 50-inch Samsung Series 7 LED model for under a grand. Go.

Greg Fischer, @guru_apprentice

Source: World-Gaming.com

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4K Broadcast Talk at IBC 2013

September 29th, 2013 · 3D Content, Newsflash


The IBC Broadcaster’s Conference was held in Amsterdam a couple weeks back, and the big talk was about moving towards 4K.

Otherwise known as Ultra HD (UHD), the latest and greatest in TV technology is still über-expensive for the consumer, but it sounds like broadcasters like the technology. And according to our source, the broadcasting industry sees money in 4K.

Not only that, but the industry players that remain the old, staunch networks hinted that 4K could give them an advantage over internet-based networks such as Netflix who began releasing original series like House of Cards just this year.

Moreover, it sounds like it’s easier for broadcasters to create UHD content than 3D content. Fifty-three thousand people were in attendance at this year’s IBC, a record breaking figure.

Greg Fischer, @guru_apprentice

Source: TheGuardian.com

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RealD Down But Not Out

September 27th, 2013 · 3D Content, Newsflash


RealD CFO Drew Skarupa spoke yesterday at the MKM Partners Investor Day Conference in Oakland, Calif., and said that there are steps to saving 3D in movie theaters.

We know, that sort of sounds like 3D in theaters in on the verge of a meltdown. And while that’s not exactly the case, the RealD company’s stocks have been in the dumps for a few weeks now.

Skarupa added that a step in the right direction for the company to bounce back would include directors paying more attention to details in the productions, studios doing more to promote [3D movies], and theaters offering [3D movies] on additional screens.

The other thing discussed by Skarupa included his support for the rise of glasses-free 3D in the home theater realm.

Greg Fischer, @guru_apprentice

Source: Deadline.com

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LG LA7400 Cinema 3D TV Has Nice Features

September 25th, 2013 · 3D Content, Newsflash


The LG LA7400 55-inch Cinema 3D TV with Smart TV was recently reviewed by one source, and it goes above and beyond the typical 3D TV.

What we like most about this 3D TV is not just the size, or the stylishly thin bezel. It’s not the voice and gesture commands feature, either. What we like is the LG user-uploaded cloud for displaying homemade 3D content.

That’s right. This TV actually comes capable of converting 2D home videos into 3D. While the reviewer claims that the feature isn’t perfect, with all the talk today being about lack of 3D content this LG 3D TV appears to address the issue on its own terms. And that’s pretty cool.

However, the price for this sweet 3D TV isn’t quite as exciting at $2,299 dollars. It may come down some.

Greg Fischer, @guru_apprentice

Source: GadgetReview.com

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More on the Xiaomi Smart 3D TV

September 25th, 2013 · 3D LCD, 3D LED, Newsflash


Earlier this month we discussed a new 3D smart TV, the MiTV from Chinese maker Xiaomi, that features Miracast, WiDi, DLNA, AirPlay, WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.

However, it was still uncertain the available size of the 3D TV or the price. We found out today that the TV will feature a 47-inch screen made by either Samsung or LG, for $499 dollars.

While the TV doesn’t appear to be available on Amazon just yet, it sounds like it will be coming stateside, and for that price it could wind up being a huge seller. It is also said to be great for gaming.

Naysayers are still calling 3D a gimmick based on losing 3D network broadcasts this year. However, based on the statistics we just read from Futuresource, 3D TVs look to become more pervasive in the mainstream home theater than ever in the coming years.

Greg Fischer, @guru_apprentice

Source: 247WallSt.com

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