3D TVs Still Selling in Large Numbers

September 25th, 2013 · 3D Content, Newsflash

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According to Futuresource Consulting, 60 million 3D TVs are expected to be sold in 2013. But where is all the content?

That’s a rhetorical question. Content can be found easily online. 3D Blu-rays for hundreds of titles are available, some less expensive than others. And streaming 3D movie rentals are available on smart TV apps like Vudu and 3DGO!

But it’s still odd, at least to some of us, that broadcasters like ESPN and the BBC decided to pull the plug on their 3D broadcasts earlier this year. Especially since the number of 3D TVs sold by 2017 is expected to exceed 157 million units, globally.

While we seem to discuss this issue at some length, the bottom line is that the future of 3D broadcasts is uncertain. 3D may wind up being reduced to paid-premium content.

Greg Fischer, @guru_apprentice

Source: Telegraph.co.uk

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3D and 4K Gaming from iConsole.tv

September 25th, 2013 · 3D Content, Newsflash

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One thing for certain about the future of gaming is that it looks exciting.

And not just because of the soon-to-be-released PS4 and Xbox One consoles due out at the end of 2013. Or the Nintendo Wii U. Or the Oculus Rift 3D headset that may be released in 2014. We’re talking about Android gaming.

It may sound weird, since mobile games only seem to take us so far. But a new developer’s kit is being shipped out now by iConsole.tv, made by Mobile Media Ventures, that is opening up the world of gaming to independent developers.

iConsole.tv is a powerful Android based gaming system that also uses a Linux Desktop feature to quickly run thousands of existing PC apps and games, including Valve’s Steam, which we’ve mentioned in the recent weeks.

This gaming system is said to be compatible with 4K and 3D TVs, giving us the impression that gamers have much to excited about with this console. Get a developer’s kit here.

Greg Fischer, @guru_apprentice

Source: BroadwayWorld.com

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Netflix to Offer 4K Streaming in 2014

September 25th, 2013 · 3D Content, Newsflash

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Our guess is don’t get too excited. Unless of course you’re one of the few lucky ones who’ve acquired a 4K TV by now.

Maybe that sounds pessimistic. But it’s actually a move in the right direction if in fact 4K TVs are to succeed in the coming years. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings told an audience at the Copenhagen Future of TV Conference in May that his company plans on making this a reality.

However, Hastings and Netflix has not made an official statement yet about just when in 2014 that 4K streaming on Netflix will be made available, nor have we gotten word on the cost. Another problem is that the 4K streaming will require at least a 15 megabit internet connection. And Hastings added that a 50 megabit connection is ideal for the service.

It would be nice if Netflix would start offering 3D streaming and 3D Blu-rays to more customers in the near future, as well. Just a thought.

Greg Fischer, @guru_apprentice

Source: Good3DTV.com

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Check Out 3D TV Sculpture Video

September 25th, 2013 · 3D Content, Newsflash

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If you have a minute at your desk, you may want to check out this interesting video created by Benjamin Muzzin of the University of art and design Lausanne (ECAL), in France.

Muzzin created a 3D image, using two flat screen monitors, back to back, and spinning them together at high speeds. The art student created this unique sculpture for his Bachelor’s degree in Media and Interaction Design.

The video is set to quirky, drippy sounding electronic music. We see the sculpture from a distance at first. Then, the video moves closer in to allow us to examine the light show. The image that the machine produces begins as a series of geometric designs, but it transforms towards the end of the show as a female practicing ballet. Pretty remarkable stuff!

Greg Fischer, @guru_apprentice

Source: psfk.com

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Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection Available Now

September 23rd, 2013 · 3D Content, Newsflash

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We stumbled upon something amazing today, the ultimate Harry Potter movie collectors set.

It’s not entirely new, but we imagine it could continue to be a hot item into this year’s holiday season. For roughly $300 bucks, you can get the Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection. This box set opens to look like a magic box with drawers and slots for each of the films.

Included are the DVD, Blu-ray, UV digital copy, and 3D Blu-ray (of the last two films). But being that this is the ultimate fan set for the HP movies, more than 37 hours of special features are included, all previously released materials, 10 hours of bonus content, and 5 hours of never-before-seen material.

The Wizard’s collection features 31 discs in total. But it also features plenty extra goodies and booklets to go along.

Greg Fischer, @guru_apprentice

Source: WBShop.com

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Movies Showing on Sky 3D Channel this Month

September 23rd, 2013 · 3D Content, Newsflash

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Despite the BBC’s decision to end their 3D broadcasts this year with the 50th Anniversary 3D showing of Doctor Who, Sky 3D has maintained that there is a 3D market in Britain, and they will continue to offer 3D movies via broadcast.

This month the Sky 3D Network is showing three blockbuster movies: Iron Man 3, featuring Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Don Cheadle. Iron Man 3 was in theaters back in April. The film picks up where The Avengers left off last year. We won’t spoil it for you here.

Next, Sky 3D is showing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 2. This climactic finish to the eight-part film series features Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Daniel Radcliffe all grown-up.

Lastly, Sky 3D is showing John Carter. Carter is a fantasy tale involving aliens and princesses. We haven’t seen it yet, but this Disney movie, if you recall, was disappointing at the box office.

Greg Fischer, @guru_apprentice

Source: 3DTVWatcher.co.uk

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3D Blu-ray Releases for September and October

September 23rd, 2013 · 3D Content, Newsflash

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In a notable change from a few years back, today’s big films are coming to your home theater almost as quickly as they leave the movie theaters. Here are the September 3D Blu-ray releases:

A few of 2013’s blockbuster films rolled out on 3D Blu-ray in September. Earlier in the month Star Trek Into Darkness, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and World War Z were released. Also released was Space Junk 3D, a 3D IMAX feature we wrote about just last week. Moreover, Iron Man 3 will be available tomorrow on 3D Blu-ray.

Also tomorrow, we will see a 3D concert film by the Smashing Pumpkins be released, called Oceania 3D in NYC. Next, super-hero movies Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger will be released as well. Finally, Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away and Grand Canyon: The American Masterpiece 3D Blu-rays drop tomorrow.

We’ll simply list the upcoming 3D Blu-rays that are scheduled to be released in October, since there are quite a few. Also note that they will become available at different times during the month.

The Little Mermaid 3D, The Wizard of Oz 3D, The Croods 3D, House of Wax 3D, The Amityville Horror Trilogy (1979-83), Pacific Rim 3D, Jumper 3D, Monsters University 3D, R.I.P.D. 3D, Cars 3D, and Ice Age: A Mammoth 3D Christmas Special will all become available in October.

All in time for the holiday season.

Greg Fischer, @guru_apprentice

Source: Blu-ray.com

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Jumper 3D Blu-ray to Release Next Month

September 21st, 2013 · 3D Content, Newsflash

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We were just talking about this movie the other day. Something about how it’s good that it realizes it doesn’t immediately need to give you a whole lotta back story.

Featuring Hayden Christensen, the 2008 action film in which a superior type of person can teleport themselves into different points in time and space has set an October 15 release date. It is being developed by 20th Century Fox.

It’s nice to see that 3D Blu-rays are still coming. Compared to DVDs the production is at a snail’s pace, but by Holiday season consumers will actually have a steadily-growing collection of 3D Blu-rays to choose from. Some good ones are being made available in September and October.

Greg Fischer, @guru_apprentice

Source: HighDefDigest.com

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Fans Anticipate Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

September 20th, 2013 · 3D Content, Newsflash

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The first Cloudy 3D movie was released in September of 2009. It enjoyed a successful fan base, large enough apparently to conceive its sequel.

And why not? The film is an animated comedy featuring Bill Hader and Anna Faris. But it also features returning actors Andy Samberg, Benjamin Bratt, and Neil Patrick Harris. According to our source, Mr. T sadly declined to be in the sequel, leaving the next best thing, Terry Crews, to fulfill the role of Officer Deveraux.

The premise is a return to the island where the machine that turned water into food is still up to no good. Now it is creating foodimals, weird creatures that wreak havoc, although we’re not exactly sure what they are just yet.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 looks to be funny, and it has a funny cast. It opens in one week, on Friday, September 27. See it in 3D if you can! The first film is also available on 3D Blu-ray.

Greg Fischer, @guru_apprentice

Source: IAMRogue.com

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Battle of the Year 3D Gets Reviewed

September 20th, 2013 · 3D Content, Newsflash

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The latest in the growing genre of hip-hop dance flicks is called Battle of the Year 3D. Featuring controversial star Chris Brown, this film has its ups and downs.

And we don’t mean that solely in the sense that the b-boy dance moves are said to have audiences dancing in their seats. The film, while showcasing talented actors and dancers is said to fall victim to more than one Hollywood cliché.

As for the premise, the flipping and twirling style of dance was invented in the U.S., but sadly the U.S. team hasn’t won in the international competition held in France for 15 years. Here’s where the film is being called out as a typical come-from-behind movie. Add to that a down-and-out coach who is chosen to lead the U.S. Dream Team.

You see where we’re going with this. The film opens today. The 3D dancing is however being lauded as quite a redeeming quality.

Greg Fischer, @guru_apprentice

Source: MovieFanatic.com

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