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June 17, 2010

World Cup in 3D?

Sun writer/blogger (and TV fanatic) David Zurawik told me Comcast is broadcasting the World Cup in 3D. Apparently, you need to have the right kind of TV and the right glasses, but it's possible to catch the games in 3D.

Do any Baltimore bars have it? I wonder what it even looks like. I'd probably duck if the ball flew my way.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:00 PM | | Comments (9)


Lotta BMore bars fake their HD. No chance any have 3D - and the $150/pair glasses that go along with the 3D capable TV.

I doubt any bars would have it, as every customer would have to wear special 3D shutter glasses to see the 3D effect. Each 3D TV manufacturer uses its own proprietary system for the glasses too, so if you had your own and brought them along, you'd probably still be out of luck. The glasses are expensive too, the models from Samsung are around $150-$200/pair.

Apparently, the manufacturers are still deciding if they want to start a discussion on the possibility of one day holding an industry conference to begin the process of maybe drafting a standardized framework for 3D glasses that would work with all 3D capable TVs, regardless of manufacturer... but don't count on that happening anytime soon.

2 Dimensions, 1 Cup

Snuck over to Best Buy on my lunch break yesterday to catch Spain play. Hungout watching the 50 inch 3D tv with no one around. Granted it wasn't a bar, but it was amazing to watch in 3D. Highly recommend it, but afraid I am letting my secret out of the bag now.

The 3-D is terrible and gives me headaches. For now, I get tv online from Not in 3D, but I don't get headaches from watching it.

Sam, it would be very impressive if a bar could afford that many pairs of glasses, I could've seen ESPN Zone doing it but they are no longer. There are a few places that will be open at 7am for the early games in at least HD tomorrow.

Union Pub in DC is broadcasting in 3D and dispensing the necessary glasses for said 3D viewing...

It's really weird. It's like Jason Z is in front of me. It's like ... Zink-O-Vision, Hey, Jason, throw something at me, Ow, why you gotta be like that? B*tch! Okay, I'm going back to 2D. Seriously dude, that hurt and what's with the crotch-punching? Bro!

Um, uh, no offense but wouldn't soccer be even more boring in more dimensions?


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