3-D TVs available in stores now

By Laura Geller - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – The latest in technology is available in your electronics store right now. Manufacturers are rolling out 3-D TVs at stores nationwide this week.

From "Avatar" to "Alice in Wonderland," 3-D is the new trend. Manufacturers are capitalizing on the popularity of those blockbusters by stocking the shelves of stores like hhgregg in the Richmond area with the newest in technology.

The trend brings Hollywood to your living room.

"You put on some glasses and say you put in a Blu-ray, toss on the glasses and it's like you're in the IMAX or something like that," said Juan Torres who just purchased a High Definition television. He's now looking forward to another trip to the store when he can buy a 3-D set.

Samsung unveiled its new TVs this week. They cost about $3000. Panasonic sets will hit the stores Wednesday.

Gone are the days of the throwaway cardboard glasses. The new, bulky, battery-operated specs use infrared technology and LCD screens to give the 3-D effect.

When you're wearing the glasses, room lights and computer screens may look like they're flickering. So, it's difficult to do anything else besides watch 3-D TV when wearing a pair. They'll run between $150 and $200.

It is just another setting on your TV, something like surround sound, that you can turn on and off. You go through the menu to turn it on. You'll notice the images will start to get blurry. If you're wearing the 3-D glasses, those images will pop out of the screen.

Right now, there's little to watch in the enhanced format. There is talk, however, of Blu-ray, sports and gaming programs moving to 3-D.

"Once things start coming out, things are going to be happening a lot quicker. More people are going to be jumping on the bandwagon to get it pushed out there," said hhgregg Sales Manager Jack Bailey.

In fact, ESPN has said it will create a channel using the 3-D technology. Programming should start with World Cup Soccer in June.

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