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Get Your Glasses Ready: 24/7 3-D TV Launches Sunday on DirecTV

Next week, two channels will begin broadcasting 3-D programming around the clock, albeit to a limited audience. 3net, a 3-D joint venture from IMAX, Discovery and Sony, will launch on Sunday night, just one day before ESPN begins full-time broadcasting on ESPN 3D. For the moment, 3net plans to air many of the same shows on loop, including 20 hours of original programming in February. The chann...

How to Score Your Dream LCD TV on the Cheap for the Super Bowl

HDTVs have been around for a decade now, and, if you have the lucky pleasure of hosting this year's Super Bowl party and are without an HDTV, we assure you that now is the time to take the plunge. We've got the HDTV that'll score as high as your preferred team, and won't bust your bank account, either. HDTVs are a mature enough technology today that even average ones perform rather well, and al...

Penthouse 3-D: First Tri-Dimensional Porn Channel Lands Next Quarter

We knew it was coming -- so to speak -- but now it's official: 3-D porn will soon be here! Penthouse has just announced that it will be launching an all-3-D porn channel in the second quarter of this year. "We started shooting in 3-D this past summer, and have significantly invested to perfect 3-D production quality," said Marc Bell, CEO of Penthouse publisher FriendFinder Networks. "Consumer exci...

3-D TV at CES: Going Small and Cheap, Whether You Want It or Not

As we wandered the halls of CES 2011, one thing became abundantly clear: that this 3-D thing just isn't going away. We'd previously written off 3-D TV and movies as gimmicky and prone to producing headaches, but the industry is clearly taking it very seriously. Last year, all the major TV manufacturers were pushing 3-D sets, and all were back this year with upgraded displays, new glasses and impro...

Samsung at CES: Smart TVs, Sliding Tablets and Tweeting Fridges

By Terrence O'Brien and Leila Brillson What Samsung got right is exciting: thin, beautifully designed bodies and bright, vibrant screens. The new Notebook 9 Series weighs in at under three pounds and is a half-inch deep, and the CES audience gasped when Tim Baxter, president of Samsung America, removed the black frame from around his "smart TVs", the D8000 and D7000. The Galaxy player, Samsu...

Vizio Unveils Android Tablet and Phone, Google TV and Cheap 3-D

Vizio made a name for itself by selling tons of affordable, yet quality, flat-screen TVs, and helping make the HDTV more of a standard household accessory. Now the company wants to do the same for smartphones and tablets. Details about the eight-inch Via Tablet and four-inch Via Phone are not 100-percent filled in, but we do know that they'll be arriving this summer, and that they'll be running A...

Privacy, Pervs and 'Pads: The Tech Moments of 2010 We Won't (and Can't) Forget

Is it just us, or did 2010 seem like an abnormally long year? Of course, it was no longer than any other year in history. But, from a tech perspective, at least, this year saw more seismic changes and game-altering developments than any other in recent memory. From Android to Zuckerberg, 'FarmVille' to Foursquare, iPad to iPhone 4, 2010 certainly wasn't short on memorable moments. Here are 15 eve...

Consumers Skipping on 3-D and Web-Connected TVs

During this holiday season, electronics manufacturers and retailers were counting on new tech like 3-D and Internet connectivity to help push TV sales, but it looks as though consumers have little interest in the latest gimmicks. According to Reuters, Best Buy chief exec Brian Dunn told analysts on Tuesday that 3-D TV sales were not living up to industry expectations. He blamed consumer confusion ...

Gucci's 3-D Glasses Make You Look Good When No One Can See You

It's no big secret that people hate 3-D glasses, which have probably been the biggest barrier to the widespread adoption of 3-D TV. Consumer glasses are ugly, uncomfortable and expensive. But while we wait for Toshiba to get its glasses-free 3-D tech to market, Gucci is now catering to vain geeks who worry that the movie theater handouts aren't flattering enough (or are dipped in a soup of common...

ESPN 3D Isn't Profitable, But Will Still Broadcast in 2011

Despite broadcasting a variety of sports in its first six months, ESPN 3D has been a flop. Jonathan Pannaman, senior director of technology at the network, said the company doesn't know what direction to take the channel or how to make money with it, according to TVB Europe. "We're still not sure what makes sense for 3-D TV, and we don't yet see a proven ROI [return on investment]," Pannaman said...

TV Prices Expected to Plunge This Holiday Season

If you're in the market for a new TV this holiday season, you're in luck; major electronics manufacturers are slashing prices left and right. On Friday, Sony announced that it had abandoned all hope of turning a profit this year, while Panasonic predicted that its TV prices will drop even further during this fiscal quarter. The announcements come on the heels of similarly pessimistic outlooks f...

Toshiba First to Sell Glasses-Free 3-D TV

If you live in Japan, and happen to have a few hundred thousand yen laying around, you can be amongst the first to own a 3-D TV that doesn't require special glasses. Toshiba announced today that it would be the first to market with such a display. Twenty-inch and 12-inch models of the set will hit shelves in December for ¥240,000 ($2,880) and ¥120,000 ($1,440), respectively. Instead of fl...

Oakley Plans Ski Bum-Worthy 3-D Glasses for Holiday Release

Check out Oakley's new line of premium tacky/cool (depending on who you are) 3-D glasses, which will be released in time for the holidays. These "optically correct" shades use Oakley's HDO-3-D technology, and apparently offer better visual clarity, a wider peripheral viewing angle and truer alignment of 3-D images than other glasses. While pricing hasn't been announced, we're betting you won't ha...

Study Finds People Dislike 3-D TV Glasses, Surprises Nobody

Consumers may be willing to spend exorbitant amounts of money on tickets to 3-D movies, but, according to a new study from Nielsen, they're a lot less willing to drop hard-earned cash on actual 3-D glasses. As USA Today reports, Nielsen's study, titled 'Focusing on the 3DTV Experience,' involved 425 people, each of whom was given a pair of glasses to watch 30 minutes worth of 3-D television. Abou...

Apple Considering $0.99 TV Show Rentals, Yahoo! Search Now Runs on Bing

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Apple and Fox's News Corp. are reportedly engaged in "advanced talks" about implementing a $0.99 iTunes TV show rental program, with CBS and Disney purportedly interested, as well. [From: Engadget] After a year of development, Yahoo! and Microsoft have finally completed Yahoo!'s Bing-powered Web, video and image "mega search." [Fr...