In a previous posting, we posited that the idea of 3D HDTV was fascinating, but unless the stars in the universe lined up just right, it would likely be just that for the foreseeable future -- a fascinating idea.
Still, some pretty significant home theater players are looking to 3D as the next "must have" technology. On Tuesday, the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) announced that it plans to include 3D technology in future Blu-ray Disc releases. The standard is yet to be established, but the BDA says that the format will deliver at least 1080p resolution to each eye and that that discs will include 2D versions that will be playable on all existing standard Blu-ray players. No timetable for when the new discs will be available has been announced.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Sony announced that it would be delivering 3D compatible Bravia LCD TVs and other products -- including Blu-ray disc players and Sony PlayStation 3 consoles -- beginning next year. Details are sketchy, but the company did say that it will use active shutter glasses that open and close in sync with TV content to deliver independent full HD (1080p) images to each eye. The approach is similar to the one previously announced by Panasonic for its 3D HDTV efforts. No official word on price, but most expect that Sony's 3D HDTVs -- and all full HD 3D TVs for that matter -- will command a substantial premium over TVs without the feature.