DDD has just announced that they’ve got the license agreement with LG Electronics to bundle DDD’s TriDef 3D software with LG’s growing line of 3D PC products renewed for two more years. This extension of the agreement between the two companies will allow LG to bundle the TriDef 3D software for playing games in stereoscopic 3D mode and viewing 3D video clips on their range of notebooks, all-in-one PCs and monitors relying on passive 3D technology. Furthermore the line of 3D-capable PC products from LG will also include a selection of original 3D movie trailers from the growing library of high definition 3D movies available at DDD’s 3D content portal Yabazam.
You know, it is not like LG has a lot of choices here, now that the development of the iZ3D Driver has been stopped officially (the unfortunate fate of that software is probably due to the trouble of getting big OEM partners to license it for their 3D products). It is easier to just continue working with a company that offers what you need at a reasonable price and you are happy with the relations you’ve had with it so far. The only other alternative that LG had is to go for Nvidia’s “Optimized for GeForce” program intended for passive 3D solutions, however with TriDef 3D you can use any kind of GPU, unlike with Nvidia’s solution where you need to have an Nvidia-based graphics card.
So it is actually not that much of a surprise that LG continues to work with DDD and their TriDef 3D software and there is another major collaboration effort between these two companies that started recently. DDD and LG are already collaborating to introduce 3D gaming to the quite big I-Cafe market in China, estimated at over 144,000 locations. According to DDD the beta testing of the new TriDef enabled I-Cafe software on PC’s equipped with LG 3D-capable monitors began in select I-Cafe locations earlier this month.
Currently the list of OEM partners that DDD is licensing their TriDef 3D software is actually quite big and it covers two of the major players – Samsung that is key player in the active 3D segment and LG in the passive 3D segment. Along with them there are also companies like AOC, HP and ViewSonic, though they have less 3D-capable products as compared to LG and Samsung for example.
DDD has managed to get a deal with WealthTV to make available their lineup of 3D programming online on Yabazam 3D content distribution network operated by DDD. WealthTV is an American television network that has been delivering original high definition programming 24 hours a day since 2004. The programming lineup provides viewers with a vicarious look into what people dream of, from exotic travel destinations to outrageous cars, to the finest in culinary delights. WealthTV began producing stereoscopic television episodes over two years ago and currently their 3D programming covers a wide range of topics including adventure travel, automotive, documentaries and more. This means that Yabazam, DDD’s digital video portal for watching high definition 3D content is finally going to get a lot of new and fresh stereoscopic 3D content, the lack of which has been a bit on an issue for them. The lack of new fresh 3D content on a regular basis along with the fact that on PC the access to the content of the website is available only to people actually using the DDD TriDef 3D software. DDD has however enabled access to the 3D content available on Yabazam for owners of smart 3D HDTVs made by LG and Samsung…
New 3D episodes from WealthTV will be released on Yabazam on a regular basis, from series including Wonders of the World, Take Off, Private Islands, and Boys Toys. And the first two episodes from WealthTV programs are already available on Yabazam as a result of the agreement between the two companies – Boys Toys “Hoosier Daddy” and Takeoff “Peru” (the trailer is embedded above), with both available for purchase for $3.99 USD. And hopefully soon we’ll be seeing a lot more interesting new content being made available and meanwhile you can go check some 3D footage if you have the compatible hardware to play it.
The live action 3D comedy show Safety Geeks: SVI, previously only available through the Yabazam.com online 3D content portal has also been available on Blu-ray 3D media for a while now thanks to DDD. Safety Geeks: SVI is the comic adventures of an elite force of safety experts; the P.O.S.H. (Professional Occupational Safety Hazard) team. Obsessed with making the world safer, the CSI-like team investigates accidents to find out what went wrong and who is to blame. P.O.S.H. provides an obscure, well-meaning service – unfortunately, they are a bunch of idiots. The show was created and produced by Tom Konkle and Dave Beeler, who also share headlining roles with Xena: Warrior Princess alum, Brittney Powell. It was directed by Roger Tonry and 3D special effects were handled by Burbank-based Lumen Actus.
“We set out to make a world where anything could happen, fusing classic slapstick comedy with Monty Python, The Thunderbirds, CSI, The Saint and Twilight, without the Twilight bits,” said Dave Beeler. “3D is a tool like music, color and pacing. So bringing in another tool, the z axis, literally gives you another dimension to play with. And because comedy, especially physical comedy, is all about spatial relationships, we were really excited to explore that with 3D.”
I recommended at least to take a look at the show if you still haven’t done so and if you like the type of humor it uses, the the Blu-ray 3D version a go or watch it online if you have stereo 3D hardware compatible with Yabazam… ;)