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We purchased a 3D TV yesterday and then learned there's almost nothing available in 3D. (they forgot to tell us that at the store) Further, that it will probably be displaced by 4D very soon.

I called Brighthouse (our cable provider) they only offer one 3d channel...ESPN for $10 additional per month for the 3D feature.

It also appears only a few movies are available in 3D.

Sigh...this appears to have been another poor purchase but at least the LED screen provides a nice picture.

Has anyone else bought one of these? I'd appreicate any feeback you can offer.
 

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Another example of herd-mentality. There may come a day when 3-D is a common format. It'll be about the same time we all get GPS chips embedded in our behinds, so our movements can be tracked directly (instead of thru our phones).

4-D... Height, Length, Depth and what... Time-Travel? Yeah, I'll buy that one.
 
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Agreed. I absolutely cannot stand 3D movies/tv and I'm getting sick of Hollywood pumping them out, especially when it becomes harder to find 2D showings.

And before anyone says its a generational thing, I'm only 33 and think 3D is dumb. :D
 

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Some of the 3D TVs are now the best value purchase, even compared to 2D sets. They haven't sold well, so are lower priced, etc. It's not necessarily a bad purchase decision, depending on which make/model you bought.

As for 4D...yeah, right. :)
 

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I'm not sure if they work with 3D TVs, but there are real-time 3D converters that convert a regular signal into 3D. I was able to go to CES last year and one manufacturer was showing a live football game in 3D (from a regular 2D cable signal). Basically, the technology picks out hints as to what part of the picture is background, what is in front of what, etc., and converts it into 3D. It did a surprisingly good job.

Myself, I can take or leave 3D. I don't mind a good animated 3D movie, but I absolutely hate live action movies that have been (needlessly) put out in 3D.

As for 4D, while it's not an accurate use of the term, it usually refers to adding additional interaction like seats that move, water or air that blows in your face, etc.
 

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We purchased a 3D TV yesterday and then learned there's almost nothing available in 3D. (they forgot to tell us that at the store) Further, that it will probably be displaced by 4D very soon.

I called Brighthouse (our cable provider) they only offer one 3d channel...ESPN for $10 additional per month for the 3D feature.

It also appears only a few movies are available in 3D.

Sigh...this appears to have been another poor purchase but at least the LED screen provides a nice picture.

Has anyone else bought one of these? I'd appreicate any feeback you can offer.

I was interested in the technology, and a few models caught my eye. But then it became painfully obvious that there was almost no media available to watch on the device, so I passed. Good job on your homework assignment! This reminds me of the 80's, when the 8 track, the cassette, VHS, Beta , and CD were all on the market at about the same time. Sometimes you sit on the sidelines and WAIT for things to settle down a bit.
 

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This reminds me of the 80's, when the 8 track, the cassette, VHS, Beta, and CD were all on the market at about the same time.

Let's not forget laser-disks, those huge 14-15" platters that were hottest new thing.
 

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Yes - 3D TV's can be less expensive!

Some of the 3D TVs are now the best value purchase, even compared to 2D sets. They haven't sold well, so are lower priced, etc. It's not necessarily a bad purchase decision, depending on which make/model you bought.

As for 4D...yeah, right. :)

Yes...you're correct. The price was actually a little less than the same HDTV. That's why I followed the "herd", and didn't spend countless hours researching the situation. I'm a little frustrated with the lack of 3D content available, but didn't plan to use it for much more than 3D cartoons for our Grandaughter anyway.

Folks here are so quick to jump to conclusions and nasty responses. Lighten up! I probably would have purchased it anyway because of the value and other reasons I'd rather not share here. I was just wondering if others here purchased such a TV and their thoughts. I didn't expect lectures on how to be a smarter purchasing consumer.
 
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I'm not sure if they work with 3D TVs, but there are real-time 3D converters that convert a regular signal into 3D. I was able to go to CES last year and one manufacturer was showing a live football game in 3D (from a regular 2D cable signal). Basically, the technology picks out hints as to what part of the picture is background, what is in front of what, etc., and converts it into 3D. It did a surprisingly good job.

Myself, I can take or leave 3D. I don't mind a good animated 3D movie, but I absolutely hate live action movies that have been (needlessly) put out in 3D.

As for 4D, while it's not an accurate use of the term, it usually refers to adding additional interaction like seats that move, water or air that blows in your face, etc.

The TV has a built-in converter and wireless. It appeared most models had the same features.
 

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Last summer I bought a Panasonic Plasma w/3D. Have yet to even read the manual to find out about the 3D capabilities -- not really interested. The TV was a good price regardless of the 3D feature.
 

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Hi Wonka...I don't know what model or brand you bought but I got a 55" LG 3D that takes the same passive glasses as in the theatres which are very light and cheap at Amazon - maybe $5 each. It came with 4 glasses and I bought another 6 so the whole family can watch 3D at one time. Spent a bundle on amplifier, PS3, Harmony remote, PVR, speakers, and can blow the roof off just like in the theatre.

Mine came with a 3D simulator mode that makes HD sports as close to 3D as you can get.

There are some great animation 3D movies as you mentioned, but real movies aren't as 3D as they will eventually be. Apparently 'Hugo' that won a bunch of Academy Awards the other night is coming out in 3D and while not a cartoon I'll bet it will be good...and Hollywood is committed to doing more of them. IMAX has some good demo DVDs that will blow your socks off...under the ocean, and another one with white water rafting through the Grand Canyon.

Mine also came with so many Internet capabilities that I haven't had time to try them all yet.

Enjoy it. I had to put up with the nay-Sayers too, until they saw it. :)

Brian
 

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Hi Wonka...I don't know what model or brand you bought but I got a 55" LG 3D that takes the same passive glasses as in the theatres which are very light and cheap at Amazon - maybe $5 each. It came with 4 glasses and I bought another 6 so the whole family can watch 3D at one time. Spent a bundle on amplifier, PS3, Harmony remote, PVR, speakers, and can blow the roof off just like in the theatre.

Mine came with a 3D simulator mode that makes HD sports as close to 3D as you can get.

There are some great animation 3D movies as you mentioned, but real movies aren't as 3D as they will eventually be. Apparently 'Hugo' that won a bunch of Academy Awards the other night is coming out in 3D and while not a cartoon I'll bet it will be good...and Hollywood is committed to doing more of them. IMAX has some good demo DVDs that will blow your socks off...under the ocean, and another one with white water rafting through the Grand Canyon.

Mine also came with so many Internet capabilities that I haven't had time to try them all yet.

Enjoy it. I had to put up with the nay-Sayers too, until they saw it. :)

Brian

Brian-

I have the same Model LG. I'm not a die-hard fan of 3D, it was kinda like buying a car with an option I really didn't care out. It was there. I'll PM (if you don't mind). I don't have the foggiest notion on how to work the darn thing yet...four remotes (cable, sound bar, DVD and TV). I'm unable to program the sound bar to the cable remote haven't tried the DVD or WII like TV wand. Sigh....there's so much to learn. I have a 7 year old Harmony remote I stopped using years ago...my guess is it's not comptatible.
 

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The fact is that the best tvs have 3d technology, like the samsung 7000 and 8000 series, and basically everything in the best buy magnolia room. But I also think that the 3d is a novelty, what makes these tvs the best is not the 3d capability but their high contrast ratio as well as refresh rate (240 for led, and 600+ for plasma) which results in the best picture.

So basically just cause you bought a 3d tv doesn't mean you got a bad deal, but if you bought a average/mediocre tv and paid top dollar BECAUSE it had 3d technology than it was a bad purchase.

I have a Samsung 8000 series with a 25,000,000 : 1 contrast ratio, one of the best and most expensive tvs on the market. I have yet to watch 3d, and no plans to.
 
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I love 3D, (and am 67), but figured it would be better to wait to see if it's supported by the market. Now I'm worried I should get one before they disappear. I have a Stereopticon viewer and cards, Viewmasters and reels, a little 3D print camera. . . I don't go see all the 3D movies that come out, but have enjoyed the ones I've gone to. Hugo was very good (needed some editing here and there -- some scenes dragged on too long) -- a visual wonderment, without many "cheesy" 3D effects -- it just looked awesome, well-deserving of the Oscars it got.

I think over time you will find ways to enjoy your new TV. (Altho in the past I've been an "early adopter" of some things that didn't work out).
 

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I'm not sure if they work with 3D TVs, but there are real-time 3D converters that convert a regular signal into 3D. I was able to go to CES last year and one manufacturer was showing a live football game in 3D (from a regular 2D cable signal). Basically, the technology picks out hints as to what part of the picture is background, what is in front of what, etc., and converts it into 3D. It did a surprisingly good job.

IOgear showed a unit that does this at CES this year. I spoke with the product manager for a while about it, and the demos were quite impressive.
 

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Hi...We just bought a 55" Samsung "Smart" TV, along with a Bose sound bar. We love it, and the picture is amazing. Some of the pictures are "almost" 3-D. We got the glasses, but 3-D wasn't any part of the reason we bought it. We just felt we deserved it. LOL! We can't cruise much anymore, so that is an acceptable justification for our purchase (if we need justification). ;)
Enjoy your TV, hopefully for a very long time. Cheers!
 

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Folks here are so quick to jump to conclusions and nasty responses. Lighten up!

Some of these same folks own timeshares...talk about the pot calling the kettle black....if you dont want a judgmental lecture, you came to the wrong place.
 

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We've had one for a while, probably about 9 months now. We bought it because it had the best 2D picture. I don't even know where the 3D glasses are. But the picture is incredible in 2D.
 

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Some of these same folks own timeshares...talk about the pot calling the kettle black....if you dont want a judgmental lecture, you came to the wrong place.

I don't have the foggiest notion what this post is supposed to mean. Are you suggesting this forum is only for timeshare discussions, or what? If so, count me in. I own far too many with four. And, why should one expect a judgement lecture when posting on a timeshare board. I hope that isn't the case. Or, am I missing the meaning of your post entirely? Please explain.
 

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Has anyone tried the 2D to 3D conversion/shifting? Does it work with regular DVD's, or BluRay DVD's, or not at all? Or just from broadcast TV?

I broke down and ordered a lower-cost smaller system, partly because of this discussion. Wonka, I hope you figure everything out and enjoy your system.

(And I hope that more 3D content becomes available at a reasonable price -- $30.00 +/- seems excessive for one movie).
 

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Hi Wonka...I don't know what model or brand you bought but I got a 55" LG 3D that takes the same passive glasses as in the theatres which are very light and cheap at Amazon - maybe $5 each. It came with 4 glasses and I bought another 6 so the whole family can watch 3D at one time. Spent a bundle on amplifier, PS3, Harmony remote, PVR, speakers, and can blow the roof off just like in the theatre.

Mine came with a 3D simulator mode that makes HD sports as close to 3D as you can get.

There are some great animation 3D movies as you mentioned, but real movies aren't as 3D as they will eventually be. Apparently 'Hugo' that won a bunch of Academy Awards the other night is coming out in 3D and while not a cartoon I'll bet it will be good...and Hollywood is committed to doing more of them. IMAX has some good demo DVDs that will blow your socks off...under the ocean, and another one with white water rafting through the Grand Canyon.

Mine also came with so many Internet capabilities that I haven't had time to try them all yet.

Enjoy it. I had to put up with the nay-Sayers too, until they saw it. :)

Brian
I bought the samd LG 55" 3D TV last summer from Amazon along with the LG 3D blue ray player/surround sound system. I've already spent a boatload of $$ on 3D blue ray movies. I just watched HUGO and it was just "ok" . The first half of the movie was very good, and excellent cinematography making good use of the 3D...however, the last half of the movie kind of petered out, and was just not interesting. Not really a kids' movie, or a grown ups movie..not really sure who it was targeted audience might be. LG has a 3D "app" you can download if your TV is connected to he internet which my kids actually like. Biology, Chemistry, Music, sports, you can visit different cities in 3D. Some of the 3D movies we like (kids 5, 7, and 10) Smurfs, Cars 2, Ice Age 3D, Pirates of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides, Beauty and the Beast, Tangled, Gnomeo and Juliet, Coraline, and maybe my favorite The Polar Express in 3D. Avatar is available and supposed to be great in 3D, but it's over $100!?!?!?! Lot's of reviews on Amazon, just do a search for 3D Blue Ray DVD. Some of the reviews are kind of funny. People get a 3D TV, but not a 3D DVD player...and wonder why it doesn't work!!!....or....they buy the old Red/Blue 3D DVD and expect it to work on their new 3D TV. The kids like it, and some of the effects are pretty cool. Much better than the old 3D. ****If you take my recommendation and get the Polar Express in 3D, get the newer 3D version and not the old one that uses the Red/Blue glasses. I had never seen that movie before this past December, and was surprised how much I enjoyed it.
 
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I don't have the foggiest notion what this post is supposed to mean. Are you suggesting this forum is only for timeshare discussions, or what? If so, count me in. I own far too many with four. And, why should one expect a judgement lecture when posting on a timeshare board. I hope that isn't the case. Or, am I missing the meaning of your post entirely? Please explain.

I think he was making a joke.
 

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Every time I see this thread I wonder why you're asking about a third TV :D

I know it would be 3rd....but I have an instant of confusion before realizing what the thread is about :)
 
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