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Will Passive Stereoscopic 3D or Active Stereo 3D Preveil in 3D HDTVs

June 20th, 2011 · 37 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision

There is a bit of interesting information today coming from Digitimes, saying that according to AU Optronics (one of the large LCD panel manufactures) the shipments of Patterned retarder 3D TV LCD panels (passive 3D solutions) will win over the active 3D LCD panels in the second half of this year. The results for the first half are showing 1 million active 3D LCD panels shipped versus about 900K for the passive ones, but AU Optronics (AUO) believes that in the second half of the years the situation will reverse and the passive solutions will prevail. Of course AUO has direct interest for that to happen as they are currently making passive solutions and although the company is apparently ready to produce auto-stereoscopic 3d displays as well, the cost for the production is still considered too high for the mainstream market…

Another big player on the 3D HDTV market going for Patterned retarder or passive 3D HDTV LCD products is LG Electronics with the company currently having a big worldwide marketing campaign promoting on how their passive line of Cinema 3D TVs are better than active solutions. And although they may be right for some things, you should not forget that the passive solutions also have drawbacks that are not present in most active shutter glasses solutions. On the other hand the other two big LCD panel manufacturers Samsung Electronics and Chimei Innolux (CMI) are giving their support for the active 3D LCD panels.

And while the war between passive and active on the 3D HDTV market rages, on the desktop 3D LCD market still the active 3D solutions are the preferred solution by gamers willing to play in either 2D at 120Hz or in stereoscopic 3D mode with Full HD resolution for each eye. And these two things are not available with most mainstream passive solutions which are usually preferred for non-gaming applications. So which technology do you prefer, what for and why…?

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New 3DTV Play Support Update Utility v1.0.0.24 is Now Available

May 10th, 2011 · No Comments · GeForce 3D Vision

Today Nvidia has posted a new 3DTV Play Support Update Utility version for the latest WHQL drivers 270.61 that adds official support for new 3D HDTVs and a 3D capture card. Have in mind that this update utility should not be used with any other driver than 270.61 in order to avoid possible issues, like and it is only needed if you are using one of the newly added HDMI 1.4-capable 3D devices. The update is most important for owners of Samsung 3D HDTVs as quite a few additional models are being now supported by 3DTV Play.

New supported HDMI 1.4 3D TVs:
– Samsung PN50C7000YF
– Samsung PN51D490A1D
– Samsung PN51D550C1FXZA
– Samsung PN59D550
– Samsung PN59C7000
– Samsung PN59D7000
– Samsung PN64D8000FF
– Samsung UN46D6700
– Samsung UN55D6300
– Samsung UN55D6900
– Samsung UN65C6500
– Sharp LC-60LE835U
– Sony KDL-40EX720
– Sony KDL-46EX723
– Sony KDL-55EX723
– Vizio E3D320VX

New supported HDMI 1.4 3D Capture Cards:
Digital Foundry DGC133

This update is intended for people using the free 3DTV Play software as a part of owning 3D Vision kit, people that have purchased a separate license for the standalone 3DTV Play software as well as for owners of PCs with the software pre-installed, and you need to have the 3DTV Play software already installed to be able to install the update.

To download the new 3DTV Play Support Update Utility v1.0.0.24…

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Huge Growth in Global 3D HDTV Shipments Predicted for 2011

May 10th, 2011 · 2 Comments · General 3D News

According to a resent research made by IHS iSuppli’s analysts the global 3D HDTV shipments for this year will grow by a factor of 5.5 for 2011 from the 4.2 million units sold last year and that is a huge increase. Thanks to the prices of 3D HDTVs becoming more attractive to customers and more 3D content becoming available, the worldwide shipments predicted by IHS iSupply for 2011 is about 23.4 million units. According to the research the growth will continue in 2012 when global shipments are expected to reach 54.2 million units, in 2014 they will breach 100-million and then hit 159.2 million in 2015.

Of course it is never too late for good surprises and the actual numbers to become even higher, but having such big growth predicted by analysts actually means that 3D HDTVs are here to stay as 3D technology is in general and maybe in 2015 the 3D functionality maybe something expected from a new HDTV just like the Full HD resolution is at the moment. It seems that prices for 3D HDTVs are continuing to drop from month to month with 9 percent decrease in the price of 3D HDTVs for March 2011 compared to February in US (in other countries this may vary, but the trend should be present).

“In a major recalibration effort, television brands are changing strategies this year following lukewarm response to 3-D in 2010 when consumers balked at the high price of sets and the lack of 3-D content,” said Riddhi Patel, director for television systems and retail services at IHS. “In 2011, however, brands are marketing 3-D not as a must-have technology but as a desirable feature, similar to the approach they have taken with Internet connectivity.”

It seems that LCD will remain the dominant technology for the 3D HDTV market, accounting for about 83 percent of 3D TVs sold in 2011, and 3D Plasma HDTVs will remain a smaller player. However, 3D penetration in plasma is higher as plasma manufacturers hope this extra feature will help to slow down the decline of the plasma market, although in general 3D on plasma is considered to be better and with less crosstalk. The 3D TV share of the global flat-panel market will continue to rise in the years to come according to the research, jumping to 11 percent in 2011 from just 2 percent last year, and then doubling next year to 22 percent. By 2015, 3D TVs should account for 52 percent of flat-panel shipments. The most popular 3D HDTV size during 2011 according to IHS iSuppli is expected to be in the 40- to 41-inch range, numbering about 3.3 million units; then followed by the 55- to 59-inch range, with shipments of 2.9 million units; and the 45- to 46-inch range, with 2.7 million units.

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