Lots of people have been asking about 3D television and how it works what they need and if they can use what they have to watch it. Here is a short rundown:
How it works:
3D TV uses stereoscopic active shutter glasses. These glasses allow you to see through only one lens at a time and create an image for each of your eyes. Your mind merges these two images and allows you to perceive depth, making the picture on the screen appear 3D.
Although manufactures have agreed on the use of active shutter glasses, they have yet to agree on how the glasses synchronize with the TV. This means that glasses will not necessarily work across brands of TVs and that you should purchase glasses of the same brand as your TV. Not that big a deal, but it does mean if your friends come over to watch a 3D movie or sports with you, they may not be able to bring, and use, their glasses if they have a different brand of glasses than your TV. So you will need to be able to supply enough glasses for everyone that will be watching 3D TV.
What you need:
Player: Blu-Ray player or a Sony Playstation 3 (Many find the Playstation cheaper than the players) If you have a HDMI 1.3 and BD-Live (Profile 2.0) compatible Blu-Ray Disc player, there is downloadable software to update rather than having to buy a new Blu-Ray player. However, the image is not as sharp as the new HDMI 1.4.
Television: LG, JVC, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony
Connectors: HDMI 1.4 (While HDMI 1.4 devices will be capable of transmitting 3D pictures in full 1080p, HDMI 1.3 does not include such support. As an out-of-spec solution for the bitrate problem, a 3D image may be displayed at a lower resolution, like interlaced or at standard definition.
Movie: 3D Movie (Blu-Ray) Lots of choices and more coming every day.
Glasses: Active shutter glasses from the maker of your television are the wise choice here.