3-D TV is Here!

March 22, 2010 at 12:36 pm 1 comment

* ”That’s cat” and “That’s not cat” are slang terms from the ’70’s –cc

Hello humans! This is “CC” and spring is here, my favorite time of the year!  Spring brings chirping birdies to catch, new green grass to roll on, and 3D TVs!

By now most people have tossed their old square televisions for those wider, thin, flat-screen ones. Those Jones’ (You know, the people you try to keep up with?) got the first wide-screen TVs back when they first came out.  But most people junked their old sets in 2009 when the television signals were changed from analog and keeping an older TV meant buying a “digital converter” to still watch network shows.

Personally, we cats hate the newer widescreen TVs.  The old “3 : 4 standard” screen TVs always had a nice, heated flat top , perfect for snoozing on.  Have you ever tried to sleep on top of a flat-screen TV?  It is so not cat*.  The first time I tried it, I wound up hanging off the edge.   Of course trying to grab the screen with my claws didn’t help me at all.  So now my human has a flat-screen suffering from “cat scratch fever”. The good news (for me) is the old TV is back (and so am I).

But enough crying over spilled milk. Today I want to talk about the latest in TV technology:  3D HD TV!

If you haven’t already jumped on the HD (High Definition) and the Blu-ray bandwagons, this may be the perfect time to buy.

To get “the 3-D experience” (those Marketing guys love to paste that word on everything), you will need to have:

1)    A 3-D Blu-ray player (and yet another nail in the DVD format coffin)

2)    A 3-D HDTV television

3)    3-D glasses (not included with the TV)

4)    3-D Blu-ray movie (of course)

Right now stores have been unable to even give demos of the 3-D technology because they don’t have all of the parts yet.  Sure, they’ll sell you what they got, but if you want to see what you’re getting before you buy it, you’re gonna haveta wait a bit.

Samsung has begun offering package deals where if you plunk down almost $3000 for the 3-D TV & the player, they’ll throw in 2 pairs of electronic glasses and a 3-D movie.  Oh yeah, speaking of glasses– these glasses are not like those plastic ones you pay $5 extra at the movies. These are electronic, battery-operated glasses, and the prices range from $120 up to $200 each. So if you have a family of four and want to “experience” watching in 3-D  at home, the extra costs add up fast. And I won’t mention about if you break a pair and need to buy a replacement set.

I don’t know if 3-D will stay, if it will have different formats (Remember HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray, and VHS vs. Beta?), or be just another fad.  But as more computer-generated movies are released in 3-D, and talks of cable networks looking at producing 3-D shows, it is something to consider if you are planning to replace your old 3:4 standard screen.  I just won’t be coming to your house to take a nap.

—The Computer Cat

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  • 1. NuGran38  |  April 22, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Hey CC I just saw a 3D set at Fry’s the other day. They had two pairs of those glasses (one already cracked). The picture is ok but those glasses are heavy! And forget it if you wear glasses. I’m going to stick to watching 3D in the movies.

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