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3D TV Manufacturers - The latest developments and models from the leading TV manufacturers - Toshiba Samsung Mitsubishi
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3D TV Networks - Get the lowdown on the 3D content providers, and find out who has plans for dedicated 3D channels - Cablevision, Cox, Time Warner, Comcast, DirecTV, Verizon, Sky
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3D Movies - Examining the meteoric rise in popularity of the new 3D films to hit the cinemas.
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Plasma 3D TV Introduction
There's no denying it: Television manufacturers are betting big on 3D. With a bevy of new 3D movies such as Avatar and How To Train Your Dragon already released in 2010 and early 2011, the 3D TV manufacturers are looking for ways to bring the excitement home with new ranges of 3D TVs being announced regularly . Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba, LG and Samsung have all announced new plasma 3D TV models for 2011 that will be able to broadcast crystal-clear 3D images. Only one company originally leapt onto the plasma 3D TV market with new models, though: Panasonic.
Originally LCD TVs looked sure to eclipse plasma as the best for flat screen viewing, but the arrival of 3D TV plasma displays have seen a resurgence in popularity. It's ability to tackle the crosstalk problem, or that of ghosted images caused by those images remaining on screen fractionally too long, has pushed plasma 3D TV into the limelight. The old problems associated with plasma - burning of images onto the screen and high energy use - have been reduced, and plasma now holds a marginal quality advantage over LCD and LED because of its superior ability to cancel out crosstalk.
Other issues which affect quality of 3D imaging on TVs - brightness, depth, and blackness - are all excellent on a number of available models, whether plasma, LCD, or LED.
In the current vibrant and promising 3D TV market, Panasonic is gearing up to position their plasma 3D TVs as leaders in class this year. This comes as no surprise, since Panasonic is one of the best plasma television manufacturers around. Plasma TVs are also built in such a way that converting them to 3D is more cost-effective than converting LED 3D TV or LCD 3D TV models - and although plasma TVs cost more to produce in general, their picture quality is topnotch. It just makes sense that the new marriage of plasma and 3D TV technology retains a startlingly clear picture, even in three dimensions.
The Panasonic VT25 3D plasma TV series arrived in 50- and 54-inch models in May 2010. The company later released the Viera V 3D series, with models ranging in sizes from 50 inches up to an astounding 65 inches. Unfortunately, 3D glasses are still required to see the 3D effect and Panasonic do not appear to have any plans to release 3D TV without glasses models in the near future.
Like every announced 3D TV, Panasonic's plasma offerings use active shutter glasses. The glasses alternately darken each lens in time with the display's frame refresh rate to produce the 3D effects. Only one image, each of a slightly different perspective, enters each eye. This allows the viewer's brain to mash the two images together, creating an image that jumps off the screen. Panasonic also boasts a fully high-definition 3D experience. Its plasma 3D TV technology is able to produce 1080-pixel resolutions, and maintain that resolution even when viewing 3D content.
There is one drawback to the Panasonic VT25 series, however. While other LCD and LED TVs include processors and new techniques to convert 2D media into 3D content, the VT25 series includes no such conversion. To get 3D out of these sets, consumers have to purchase new 3D Blu Ray players or have access to one of the 3D TV networks that will begin broadcasting within the next year. Consumers shouldn't let this fact deter them too much, though. Even without conversion processors in the TV models, there are many players coming out soon that will handle the conversion to 3D themselves. Once on the market, pairing these players with a VT25 series TV will offset the lack of true 3D content by translating even traditional media into the new form.
The latest round of 3D plasma TVs isn't a new idea, either. Back in January 2009, LG had two prototypes on display at that year's Consumer Electronics Show. A year before that, Samsung had its own initial offerings on display at CES 2008. While a promising start, neither of these initial 3D plasma offerings made it to the market.
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