3DTV Black Friday Buying Guide


The world of 3DTV is one that is fairly new for consumers. Early adopters have been enjoying what 3D brings to the table in their homes for the last year or so, while a majority of us experience it only in theaters. In 2011, 3DTV has taken many strides make its way into the mainstream, and this Black Friday could be the time for many of us to bring 3D into our living rooms. Prices on these televisions are lower than ever, and some great bundle prices might be enough to bring even the most skeptical of shoppers into the third dimension.

We won’t go into great detail about active vs passive 3DTV here, because this is all about the deals. But, If you’d like to learn more about 3D televisions, head over to our 3DTV Buying Tips and decide which style of glasses you prefer. The main thing to remember is that passive glasses are the thin and light style glasses you wear in the theater and active are the larger, battery powered glasses that you’ve likely seen in store displays.

A couple of things to remember here; First is that all of these sets are 1080p and 120hz minimum, so don’t fret over checking the resolution and refresh rate as you would with regular HDTVs.

Second being that you will, of course, need some sort of 3D content to send to these televisions. Some televisions boast the ability to convert 2D content to 3D, but this type of conversion is lackluster at best, so if you count on this as your only source of 3D content, you may be left disappointed.

Most commonly, 3D blu-ray discs and blu-ray players are what come to mind when you think of 3D content. If you’ve got a Playstation 3 in your home, you’ve already got one of the best 3D blu-ray players out there, so you can save money by using your console instead of buying a dedicated 3D capable player.

Also, remember that blu-ray is not the only way to get 3D content to your new TV. Many cable and satellite TV providers already provide 3D content right through your satellite or cable box. In many cases, this is already included in the cost of HD digital programming, so check with your service provider to see what they offer.


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November 20, 2011
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