Friday, 2 January 2015

Immersive 3D TV: Coming to a Digital Antenna near You!

The advancement of television in recent years has surpassed many people’s imaginations of the future of entertainment. With large panel TVs bringing the latest movies and hot new series’ in high definition images and surround sound, what next is there to boost your viewing pleasure? 3D TV is the next step in the latest generation of televisions, but is it as truly immersive as it may sound?

evolution of 3D TV
3D television has come a long way from its beginnings as a sort of pseudo-stereoscopic image that required you to use red and green glasses to get the full effect. Whilst the technology back then worked quite well for what it was, the image quality had much to be desired, especially when it came to colour reproduction.

A Greater Depth to Your Entertainment

enjoying 3D TV with red cyan 3d glasses
Those old red and blue glasses got in the way of the entertainment, and made 3D television or films something of a fad only experienced in science museums or the odd cinema that had a special screening. Nowadays, the technology has advanced far enough that the red and blue glasses of the past have been done away with.

red cyan 3d glasses

This new generation of 3D TV means that the 3D images can be broadcast over an existing digital antenna to give you a truly immersive image in your own home. A breakthrough in glasses technology means that the images on screen use an active or polarised shutter display to convey depth perception in the resulting images.

Polarising Filers, Glasses and Passive Displays

enjoying polarised 3D glasses
The televisions of today use many different methods to produce a 3D image, with one popular method being the polarised 3D system. This system works on the principal of restricting the light that reaches each eye during a transmission. Two images are shown on the screen at once using polarising filters, and the glasses that accompany the set use a passive polariser to bring these images together.

polarised 3D glasses
What all of this means is that the latest movies, games and even regular television shows coming down your digital antenna will be able to benefit from 3D TV technology. Many cable and satellite broadcasters now offer 3D TV channels that can boost your entertainment experience to the max. Not only will you be able to enjoy all of the latest films that are available, other content is also changing the way we watch television.

Sport: A New Dimension in Crowd Participation

Sport has made great leaps into 3D television with FOX Sports broadcasting a life soccer game in 2010, followed by a few other networks that now provide 3D television channels. 3D TVs have become popular due in part for their price point. They often are reasonably priced when compared to a regular HDTV and offer the chance for a more immersive experience overall.

sports in 3D

Whilst this new technology is one that is here to stay, the future is looking even better when it comes to 3D television. Newer technology exists that allows people to view 3D television without the need for glasses, and is expected to come onto the market in the coming years. With this new level of immersive entertainment, the best television programming is yet to come!

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