Love AVATAR? Build the Ultimate AVATAR 3D Home Theater For You & Your Friends

Avatar PSA With a 3D enabled television system, a Blu-ray player, HD cable box, or HD satellite box, some 3D entertainment content and 3D glasses, you can enjoy the realistic experience of 3D home theater. Both Comcast and DirecTV are upgrading their systems to have more 3D content (Imagine: AVATAR home theater!), and other providers will follow closely on their heels. Those in the entertainment and electronics industries believe that 3D content is here to stay, and having access to it at home will appeal to millions of people worldwide.

Guest post By John Sinitsky

You didn't think the consumer electronics industry was going to sit-out the current craze for 3D, did you? The success of recent 3D offerings, particularly the movie AVATAR, has made manufacturers of electronics push to get 3D home theater technology available. There have been a few TV programs broadcast in 3D, and there are a handful of 3D movies available on Blu-ray, but the results until now were far from satisfactory. Now, 3D home theater is considered by many to be the next big thing in home entertainment.

What will you need so that you can jump on the newest technology bandwagon? You need four things to have your own 3D home theater. 
First, you need a 3D enabled television or video projector. It may be an LCD, plasma, or DLP television. DLP stands for digital light processing and is a type of projection television. Any 3D enabled television or projector will work with 3D standards approved for Blu-ray, cable, satellite, and broadcast transmission.

Second, you need a 3D enabled Blu-ray player, HD cable, or HD satellite box. While manufacturers of new Blu-ray players will tout their products as being specially designed to handle 3D content, some current Blu-ray players can be made 3D ready by use of downloadable firmware upgrades. The Sony Playstation 3 is the only Blu-ray player that's specifically scheduled for an upgrade to 3D. With HD satellite boxes and HD cable, you might have to get a new box, or you may be able to upgrade the one you have. Your service provider will be able to tell you.

The third thing you need to complete your 3D home theater is 3D content, whether it's in the form of Blu-ray discs, or programs on cable or satellite. More content should become available at the same time as new 3D televisions and Blu-ray players come out, or when firmware upgrades are available. Comcast is planning to upgrade to comply with new 3D programming standards, and DirecTV plans a full-time 3D channel on its lineup. 

Finally, the fourth thing you need for your 3D home theater is 3D glasses. The 3D glasses for home use are not like the 3D paper glasses most of us know about. There are two basic types of 3D glasses available. Passive Polarized glasses look a bit like sunglasses and are big enough to cover existing eyeglasses. They are generally available for under $20, and prices depend on whether they're plastic, metal, flexible, or rigid. The other type of 3D glasses are active shutter glasses. They're a bit bulky because they have batteries and a transmitter. The transmitter synchronizes rapidly moving shutters for each eye with the on-screen display. They're more expensive: $75 to $200. The type of glasses you need will depend on the model and brand of TV or projector you have. Today's LCD, plasma, and DLP televisions mostly require the active shutter glasses.

Ready for your AVATAR home theater? The technology is finally here.

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