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3D LCD TVs That Do Not Require Glasses Likely in 2015

3d-tv-glassesIt may be possible that in the year 2015 we will have 3D TVs on the market to do not require you to wear 3D glasses according to a Taiwanese research group who recently showed off an early version of such a TV.

3D TV is not quite caught on with consumers at home. Although the movie industry continues to put out a slew of new movies in 3D at the theaters, it is nothing that consumers are jumping up and down about to bring the same experience into their living room. Some of the reasons for this is the price of a new 3D TV and then there is the fact that you have to wear 3D glasses.

Some of these new 3D glasses, which are required to wear to view true 3D content on new 3D TVs, may run you a couple hundred dollars. Just image supplying your whole family of 5, or better yet a whole party of 10 to 15 people, with 3D glasses. That would potentially cost you just as much as you paid for the 3D TV.

Expected out in the year 2015, are 3D TVs that do not require wearing 3D glasses. The Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) recently displayed a 42-inch 3D LCD TV that does not require use of 3D glasses. The company says that they could make these glasses-free 3D LCD TVs up to 65-inches.

It has also been reported that several other companies, mainly in South Korea and Japan, are working on the same glasses-free 3D TVs.

The current 3D LCD and Plasma TVs were showcased to the public at the Consumer Electronics Show this year and has only slightly caught on to some consumers.

With the slow start for 3D TVs, should consumers hold off another few years? Should we save our money and keep watching regular 2D HDTV sets until they perfect 3D TVs to the point of the new glasses-free 3D technology? These are questions that everyone is asking because this type of technology does not come cheap. Just think, you have to buy a new glasses-free 3D LCD TV and the new blue-ray player to play the media. Although you would be saving on the price of 3D glass, I could not imagine now much a new glasses-free 3D TV would cost.

What do you think? Are you a 3D TV fanatic or could you wait until they offer a better solution than wearing 3D glasses?

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Google TV: Taking the Complicated and Boring Out of TV

google-tv-1Remember those days of changing your schedule to meet the schedule of TV so that you can actually watch something good? Sure, those days are still here but now you can bring everything you love about the web to your TV. Will it be a big hit?

Google TV searches all your channels, hubs, favorite websites… so on and brings it to your TV. Google TV will basically make your TV smarter so you do not have to waste time looking for what you want and more time watching.

Okay, now that my sales pitch is over. Check out the introduction to Google TV in the YouTube video below.

Did you know that Google has partnered with Dish Network and scored a retail partnership with Best Buy? So that means rolling out Google TV will be right in your face the next time you go shopping for that new tech gadget at your local Best Buy. Better yet, we should start seeing commercial advertising Google TV on our “boring TVs” soon.

Google is basically going to roll out a TV service that targets the 4 billion TV users worldwide. And you thought Facebook had a big following with 400 million users. That’s nothing to the world-domination that Google seeks with the new Google TV

Google TV will be open sources for both Android and Chrome source trees. Don’t even ask me about the iPhone. You know the deal there!

Google TV is expected to be released in early 2011. Until then, I guess I will turn on some Family Guy and try to enjoy my boring TV life.

So, will Google TV catch on?

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About 800,000 TV Cable/Satellite Subscribing U.S. Households are ‘Cutting the Cord’

tv-cable-disconnected-1Sure you have seen all of the Cable TV and Satellite TV commercials and how crafty they are by explaining to you how they offer a better deal than the other. But what about Cable and Satellite TV put up against Antenna, Netflix or the Internet? According to recent reports from the Toronto-based Convergence Consulting Group, these old and new services may cause trouble for the big cable providers such as Comcast, DirecTV, Cablevision and even Time Warner Cable.

It has been reported that nearly 800.000 households in the U.S. have “cut the cord”, leaving their cable, satellite or even Telco TV (AT&T, Verizon FiOS) service providers. That means these people are resorting to using a digital Antenna, Netflix and other forms of streaming over the internet such as iTunes.

Of course 800,000 is really not that many U.S. households considering that it only accounts for 1% of the estimated 100 million U.S. households that currently subscribe to cable/satellite TV type services. I am going to guess here but in a few more years that number could grow exponentially creating a big dent in the number of cable/satellite service customers. With the way the economy is slowly swinging back, Americans are being a little smarter about how they spend their money and that includes home entertainment.

If Netflix continues to offer a service that allows you to stream movies for around $9 a month plus whatever high-speed internet access you have to pay for, then it could easily replace those $130 cable packages. What about your sports and local news you may ask? Well, what about it? That’s rather simple, install a digital antenna to that new HDTV set that you purchased on sale. The airwaves still offer “Free” programming only now it is digital and mostly offered in HDTV formats which is a plus for you if you still like “quality” entertainment.

The 800,000 figure is a rough estimate of the number of U.S. TV households that actually cut the cord by the end of year 2009. Just think, in 5 years that may be over half of all cable, satellite and Telco TV service providers making the switch to a less expensive alternative. Maybe the cable company will finally lower the price on their packages. Maybe that is wishful thinking but what do you think?

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