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The Mitsubishi range of DLP Home Cinema 3D TVs come in huge display sizes including 60, 65, 73, and 82 inches, and promise to deliver exceptional picture quality at a good value price.
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Panasonic VIERA TC-P50GT25 50-inch 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV
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''There are four main things I want a TV to be able to do; watch sports, play video games, watch regular programs and also to watch movies. And this set performs incredibly well in all areas''.
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If there's one lingering sensation after this year's CES, it's that already big and high-resolution TVs are trying very hard to get even more realistic and compelling to consumers. As proven by movies like "Avatar," 3D can be about more than things flying out of the screen at you like that old Joe Flaherty sketch from SCTV <http://www.sctvguide.ca/programs/monster.htm>. 3D can be about immersion, and one of the true hoped-for killer apps in 3D TV is sports programming. I'll be the first to admit that I'd be excited about a 3D broadcast of a Jets game; in fact, 3D could help gain perspective on camera angles, and help with sports like baseball in helping keep track of field distances and fly balls. Plus, of course, it would look cool.
Would 3D or any other future form of TV ever replace the experience of being at the game itself, though?
I ask because I am a New York Jets season-ticket holder. My father, Michael Stein--otherwise known as "Jetmike"--has had season tickets for 44 years. He's been at Shea and Giants Stadium and even the Polo Grounds since the Jets were the Titans, and has only missed games to go to medical school in Italy (where, sadly, he missed the 1969 Jets Super Bowl). He also is a huge home theater buff; he owns a Pioneer Kuro <http://www.cnet.com/1770-5_1-0.html?query=Pioneer+Kuro> TV and has 7.1 surround in his living room media center. I asked him whether there was anything that could lure him to give up being at the game and stay home instead.
He had no hesitation in his answer. "I go for the camaraderie," he said. "At the game, 80,000 people become one."
I can attest to that, as we both braved 19-degree weather for the final Jets game at Giants Stadium on January 3 for a remarkable night football experience. But our viewing angle, despite having good mezzanine seats, is far from ideal. A TV broadcast can zoom in and show slow-motion replays. Being at the game can show the whole field, but TV already has an advantage in quality. It's no surprise that the new Cowboys stadium threw in a gigantic HDTV over the actual field that shows off the action as well as it blocks punts; both owners and fans know that the TV view of the action is often superior, but to be at the game is still special. Stadiums are incorporating what concerts already have done for years. After all, most people stare at the screens during a U2 or Paul McCartney concert, unless you happen to have front-row seats.
"Forty years ago," my dad explained, "there were no flat-screen TVs. The experience 40 years ago was better in person than on TV. You get a better experience on TV now, but you still can't substitute the relationships you make with people at the game, in the stands." Parking-lot tailgate barbecues, friends huddled up in crappy plastic seats, and long lines at the bathroom all make you feel like you're in something together.
I'm not suggesting long bathroom lines at home, but the home-viewing experience needs to add a sense of global togetherness to match that sensation. And though having lots of friends over can help, with 3D TV you would also need a sizable box of potentially expensive 3D glasses to hand around.
Speaking of U2, of course, there's also the path of using movie theaters to simulate stadium experiences: the U2 3D Imax concert movie </8301-13580_3-9857904-39.html> that debuted in 2008 was remarkably effective at capturing the feel of a live concert with added fly-over and close-up effects. The parent company, 3ality, experimented with live 3D broadcasts of NFL games in movie theaters </8301-1023_3-10106431-93.html>. This still sounds like a good way to create that camaraderie, but finding fans to go with you and a participating theater will still be a challenge--no dedicated theaters for NFL games have emerged since that late 2008 experiment.
The real question is, how do you get this at home?
(Credit: Scott Stein/CNET)
The Xbox 360 <http://www.cnet.com/xbox-360/> is rumored to be offering connectivity with ESPN </8301-17938_105-10437961-1.html> in the near future, and the possibilities are fascinating. Though streaming ESPN content without cable appeals to me as a non-cable guy, another more interesting killer app could be Microsoft's Xbox Live party </8301-17938_105-10296005-1.html>. The 360 offers friends the ability to watch movies together and communicate, but the appeal of such social viewing would be far better suited to live sports.
When I watch Jets away games at home, I'm calling my dad nearly every commercial break to discuss the last drive and armchair-quarterback the next series. If live TV viewing could keep an always-on connection and even provide ways that fans could armchair-QB and discuss ideas throughout the game, it would be a great way to take the stadium home. The 360 limits its party viewing to eight friends at a time, but imagine if a sporting event had a larger-scale "1 vs. 100" </Xbox-takes-on-cable%2C-streaming-TV-shows-and-movies/2100-1026_3-6250411.html> type of scope.
While we're at it, why not throw in a connection with the Madden </8301-17938_105-10307571-1.html> game and be able to replay the live game during commercials, setting up current drive and play situations and making your own calls? Interactivity is the key to transforming home viewing from an isolating experience into a vibrant next-gen one.
I still don't know if I'd ever truly give up my Jets season tickets (although "personal seat licenses" have nearly pushed me over the edge), but check back with me in 20 years. Some of us out there, by location or cost, don't go to the games as it already is--and for the Super Bowl, most of us have only ever seen the event on TV. But TV truly becomes as interactive as I hope it will be, then who knows how many of us will choose to stay at home instead, permanently? "The memory is more indelible at the game itself," my dad says. "There's something about sharing the moment--nobody has a title, your status doesn't matter. Everyone is there for one purpose. And if you're loud enough you can even affect the state of the game."
That might be a hard hurdle for technology to leap.
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The RBS 6 Nations game will become Europe's first live 3D sports broadcast, team sponsor O2 has announced.
The Twickenham fixture will be shown at 40 Odeon and Cineworld cinemas across the UK on February 6.
England's home match against Ireland </ireland.html> on February 27 will also be screened live in 3D, the sponsor said.
Polarised, state-of-the-art 3D cameras will beam the action directly to the stalls, offering fans a close experience of the atmosphere inside the stadium itself.
Twickenham, which was built on the site of a cabbage patch, is now in its centenary year.
Rugby Football </football.html> Union spokesman Paul Vaughan said: "This demonstrates that England Rugby has a rich history and an even richer future with exciting new developments such as O2's 3D screenings.
"I hope rugby fans will pack cinemas across the country to support the team and mark this milestone."
Tickets go on sale to the general public from January 29 with adult tickets priced from £12.50.
Each of the major TV manufacturers launched 3D sets at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Sky has announced its own 3D service for 2010.
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In 2009, England finished second in the 6 Nations table with Wales fourth. Ireland won their first Grand Slam since 1948.
The 3D TV manufacturers need to find a compelling reason for us to want 3D TVs in our homes, and we're only going to want them if there is great 3D content available and lots of it. 3D sports are one form of content that will always - if filmed well - give compelling viewing entertainment in 3D. Everyone has a favourite sport, and the chance of being able to watch that sport in 3d is potentially an unmissable opportunity.
There is no doubt that 3D has revolutionized the T.V. and Film industry. It has changed the way we watch and experience movies, events, television programs, etc. The 3D experience has shown us a new side of entertainment that we have never experienced before. Although 3D is beginning to make recent breakthroughs to the big screen, and 3D TVs are beginning to sell in larger numbers, it has already suffered a setback. Each year, people are less and less willing to spend the extra money on 3D films. For instance, Dream Works’ stock fell about 10 percent shortly after it released Kung Fu Panda 2 in 3D. It seems as if the public is starting to get the notion that 3D movies are just a way for these companies to make a little extra money. What about sports you may ask, would sports fans pay to watch a sporting event in 3D? Would they buy a 3D TV just to watch 3D sports? Let’s find out.
Sports giant ESPN is the leading network in the broadcasting of 3D sports and has already launched it’s own 3D channel, broadcasting live streaming of the World Cup, golf and college football games in 3D HD resolution. These such events in 3D have returned mixed reviews.
First, let’s take a look at the pros of the subject starting with the live feel of 3D. As a sports fan, there’s nothing better than enjoying the game live and in person. Well, sports in 3D is about as close as you can get to that without actually going to the game. The incredible live feel of 3D will make you feel as if you’re part of the action. Picture yourself watching a soccer game in 3D and the ball is coming directly towards you, then you react by jumping out of the way and saying something like, “Wow, that ball looked like it was going to hit me!” This is the kind of excitement sports in 3D can provide which can be a lot of fun. If you like watching movies in 3D you can certainly enjoy sports in 3D as well.
The cons are a bit more complicated, first there’s the 3D glasses, obviously, which can get pretty annoying. Wearing the 3D glasses during a three-hour sporting event can get irritating, making the exciting, live feeling of 3D get old fast. Also, wearing the 3D glasses for a long period of time, can cause headaches, nausea and other physical ailments. The camaraderie that is involved when watching sports is also at stake because of the glasses. The 3D TV’s would also require extra accessories and equipment which can be a hassle for consumers. For the average sports fan, their idea of a good time while watching a big sporting event is to relax and have a cold beer with friends and chat about the game. Having to use these extra accessories for 3D might change all that, and we are yet to see much of a positive response in this regard.
It’s quite possible that 3D might be the future of televised sports. However, there’s still some improvements to be made like a better option than having to wear special 3D glasses for three hours. As HDTV’s keep transcending across the sports’ world, the technological advancement of the HDTV will eventually lead us to 3D. And it should, because other than being live at the game, there’s nothing else quite like it.