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Sony’s “3D Experience” is a New On-Demand Video Streaming Service

July 13th, 2011 · 7 Comments · Other S3D Tech

Sony’s “3D Experience” is a new and free of charge on-demand streaming service offering a range of promotional video clips and trial content in 3D format for owners of compatible Sony Bravia 3D HDTVs. The service should be available starting today (July 13th) on all compatible 3D HDTVs from Sony without the need of registration, and initially it will be available only in the following five countries: UK, Germany, France, USA and Canada.

According to Sony, the “3D Experience” service will provide instant access to an extensive range of 3D clips and trial content from a wide variety of genres, including movies, music, sports, and documentaries, with about 30 titles expected to be available at launch. In order to be able to comfortably watch the 3D content it is recommended to have an internet connection with a speed of at least 10Mbps.

Sony plans to further expand the content line-up and promote their “3D Experience” service among other content providers as a platform through which they can showcase their 3D products, so that not only 3D content being produced by Sony will be available in the future. Of course this free service won’t be offering full-length movies in 3D format, it is just intended as a showcase where you will be able to watch short promotional videos in 3D format and if interested in a specific movie, then you would still have to go and buy it on Blu-ray 3D media for example. But who knows, maybe if the service turns out successful among the users Sony could expand it further and start offering paid content as well.

So if there is anyone with a Sony Bravia 3D HDTV in one of the initially supported continues that has already tried the service or tries it now, feel free to share your feedback in the comments below…

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Sony’s HX800 3D-Ready HDTVs Starting to Appear On the Market

June 20th, 2010 · 7 Comments · Other S3D Tech

Sony may’ve been a bit late, but finally the company is starting to sell more affordable HX800 240 Hz LED edge lit 1080p 3D-capable HDTVs with the more high-end solutions soon to follow (the LX series). By more affordable 3D HDTV I mean that the HX800 is not their top specifications version, also the models from this series (40, 46 and 55-inch) do not come with a built-in 3D transmitter and glasses – you have to purchase these separately. Amazon already has listed the 40-inch Sony KDL40HX800 with a price of $1,889.99, 46-inch Sony KDL46HX800 with a price of $2,306.99 and the 55-inch Sony KDL55HX800 for $2,999.99. There is also the additional IR transmitter that you’ll need to buy separately in order to use the 3D functionality of the TV, this is the Sony TMRBR100 3D IR Emitter and the third component in the form of active shutter glasses is still not available. I’ve seen a live demo of the HX800 and it left pretty good impressions in terms of 3D video playback and the glasses Sony uses were quite well designed and do not block that much light as the 3D Vision glasses for example. From what I’ve personally seen so far my personal preferences are still for the Panasonic Viera 3D HDTVs, but lets see what will Sony offer with its LX series of 3D-capable TVs…

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PlayStation 3 to Soon Get Stereoscopic 3D Support in Firmware 3.30

April 22nd, 2010 · 7 Comments · General 3D News

Sony has announced on their blog a little more information about their upcoming new System Software Update version 3.30 for the PlayStation 3 console that is supposed to be available shortly. And one of the announced new features in the blog post is the much anticipated stereoscopic 3D support for the console that will allow you to play games in S3D mode. Sony does not announce an exact date when will the update be released, but it does say it should be available in time for the Bravia 3D HDTVs official release so this means this summer for sure. Have in mind that at first the update will include stereoscopic 3D support only for gaming, it seems that we’ll have to wait a bit more before getting stereo 3D support for playing back Blu-ray 3D movies on the console. This second update is expected to be available later this year and maybe it can happen for example in the 3.40 system software release, but nothing is sure as of this moment, so you should hold on a bit longer for the 3D movies part.

Now, back to the 3D gaming part – the first new games that are expected to come with stereo 3D support for the PS3 console are Wipeout HD, Super Stardust HD and Motorstorm Pacific Rift. They will probably be available as free downloadable demos along with full versions, that you can purchase, with both of the releases supporting stereoscopic 3D mode. Unfortunately there will not be an option to convert in real-time all the already available games for the PS3 into stereo 3D, or at least at first it will not be possible (wondering why?). Recently I was at a demonstration of a prototype of a Sony Bravia 3D TV (HX800) and saw some stereoscopic 3D videos demonstrating the gameplay of the above 3 titles and I was very impressed, especially with Wipeout HD. Unfortunately there were only videos of gameplay from the mentioned games, but there was also some other stereoscopic 3D videos, including a preview of the upcoming Blu-ray 3D release of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. I can say that the preview of the movie in 3D was quite nice, but was not so impressive as some of the other videos that Sony has shown such as 3D footage from football (soccer) matches and especially the 3D videos shot in the Asahiyama Zoo (the most popular zoo in Japan). So I’m already eagerly awaiting for Sony to have their stereo 3D hardware and most of all content for it, as the company can provide a lot in-house produced 3D content. And as you already know at this moment the lack of 3D content is one of the most serious issues for the early adopters of the 3D HDTVs that some brands already have available on the market and others are preparing to launch soon.

To read the information about the 3.30 system update on the US Sony PS3 blog…

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