Monday, April 6, 2015

3DGO! Review - 3D Streaming App

It's been over 6 years since Avatar first hit theaters and redefined the 3D movie experience. Countless more 3D movies have been released since. Yet it's still very difficult to find quality 3D content for your 3DTV. That's where 3DGO! comes in...

3DGO! is still a relative newcomer when compared to names like Netflix and VUDU, but the company behind 3DGO!, Sensio Technologies (TSX Venture:SIO), have been in the 3D game for over 15-years, so they know a thing or two about the business.

3DGO! is currently available on Vizio and Panasonic 3DTVs in the US, and LG 3DTVs in both the US and Canada. I recently purchased a new LG 65UB9500 3DTV and was able to test out 3DGO! first hand with my family as we watched Big Hero 6 (which interestingly was not even released on 3D Blu Ray in North America).

First impression? The picture quality was phenomenal. I honestly couldn't tell the difference between watching 3DGO! or a 3D Blu Ray. There were a couple very brief moments, in really dark and fast moving scenes, where I saw some very minor pixelation - but the other 99.9% of the movie looked incredible. Sharp high definition lines, bright colors, smooth scrolling, etc. Compared to the other limited 3D content LG has on their store, and the other 3D I've seen streamed online (side-by-side, of course), the picture quality on 3DGO! was in an entirely different league.

I don't know if it's Sensio's patented 3D format or if there are other factors that make 3DGO!'s picture better vs. what I've seen before, but the picture quality was impressive. The app itself is also very slick. It was simple to register my TV and easy to navigate the application to find what I wanted. 3DGO! also offers a large selection of free 3D content (mainly movie trailers) for those just looking for a quick "3D fix".

I also think the current $0.99 promo offer is a great idea. Even if I wasn't already aware of 3DGO! the $0.99 offer would have been enough for me to try it out. And now that I have I can see the family wanting to rent more movies over the coming weeks.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

3D Moview Review - Piranha 3D

"Decent 80's type gore/T&A flick - in 3D!"

Score: 4.0 out of 5.0

I read a lot of other reviews on this movie before buying it, and basically 90% of them either love it or hate it. I actually thought it was pretty good. And my wife, who generally doesn't like 3D or horror films, really enjoyed this movie as well. She was still talking about it the next day and says that Piranha 3D is now her favorite horror movie.

The movie suffered from a little ghosting in a few scenes, but after tweaking my TV's settings most of the ghosting was fairly minimal. My Sony3DTV is somewhat prone to ghosting, so if you have a newer passive 3DTV you may not see any ghosting at all.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

3D Game Review - Socom 4

Game (3 out of 5)

Socom 4 is a standard first person shooter game. The graphics and sound are top notch, but the story left a lot to be desired. If you enjoy running from point A to point B and shooting bad guys then you'll probably enjoy the game. Just don't expect an Uncharted type storyline to go with it.

3D Effect (4.5 out of 5)

The 3D is where this game really stands out. Certainly one of the best 3D games I've played to date. The depth in this game is absolutely incredible. There are scenes where you have explosions and fire all around you, smoke everywhere and bullets flying by your head, that are absolutely exhilarating.

There was minimal ghosting on my Sony HX800. Occasionally the white aiming crossbar showed a little ghosting, but outside of that the image was flawless. 100 times better than Killzone 3 or Crysis 2.

Without the 3D this is a very average game, but the 3D makes this this a definite buy in my opinion. Definitely a game to show off your 3D gaming system.   

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Hate 3D? Then You're A Geek

It's January again, which means two things:
  1. We get to find out what's new and exciting at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), and
  2. We get to read dozens of stories from self-proclaimed experts declaring their "hatred" toward 3D and telling us that 3D is "dead" (once again).
Well, I've got news for you. If you hate 3D you are a geek.

It's true. And here's why:
  1. You probably already wear glasses, and therefore don't want to wear another pair. You express your annoyance with having to wear a second pair by calling the 3D glasses "ridiculous" or "absurd". Sorry, but coke bottle glasses = GEEK. If you've got a problem with that then it's time to consider contacts or laser eye surgery.
  2. You like to say things like, "when they can make a hologram TV let me know". A hologram TV? Can you say Trekkie? (Or is it Trecker?) I don't know, but nothing screams out GEEK more than a Trekkie.
  3. You complain that 3D hurts your eyes. I'm sorry, but your eye muscles are just like every other muscle in your body, if they're being used differently or for the first time they are going to feel a little strained. This is the same reason you are still a 90-pound weakling (or a 300-pound sloth). The moment you tried to do a little exercise it felt "uncomfortable" and you gave up and sat down on your fat ass to watch Star Wars for the 200th time.
  4. You complain that 3D makes you feel nauseated. My guess is real life makes you nauseated. Take an aspirin. Enough said.
You don't like 3D? Get over it! Or just shut up already and let the rest of us enjoy it.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Best Selling 3D TVs, Movies and Video Games

As much as I like doing my own research, I think it's useful to see what other people are buying before making a final purchase on any item. Here are the top selling 3D products at as of December 29, 2011. Click on any of the links to get pricing information or to read user reviews on the products listed below.


1. LG Infinia 55LW5600 55-Inch Cinema 3D 1080p 120 Hz LED-LCD HDTV w/ Smart TV, 4 Pairs of 3D Glasses

2. LG Infinia 47LW5600 47-Inch Cinema 3D 1080p 120 Hz LED-LCD HDTV w/ Smart TV, 4 Pairs of 3D Glasses

3. Samsung UN55D8000 55-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV (Silver)

4. Samsung UN46D8000 46-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV (Silver)

5. Samsung UN60D7000 60-Inch 1080p 240 Hz 3D LED HDTV, Silver

3D Movies (Blu-Ray)

1. The Lion King (Four-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy)

2. Puss in Boots (Three-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy)

3. Cars 2 (Five-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy)

4. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Five-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy)

5. The Universe: 7 Wonders of the Solar System [Blu-ray 3D]

3D Video Games (PS3, XBOX 360)

1. Batman: Arkham City (XBOX 360)

2. Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary (XBOX 360)

3. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PS3)

4. NBA 2K12 (PS3)

5, Batman: Arkham City (PS3)

LG Announces 84-Inch 4K 3DTV for CES

Apparently LG couldn't wait another 2 weeks to show off its new 84-inch "Ultra Definition" 4k 3DTV. This TV sports a resolution of 3840 x 2160 - 4 times the resolution of today's full 1080p HD.

If theory this means that LG's passive 3D will be able to display full HD per eye on this TV (vs. 540 per eye on existing LG Cinema 3DTVs).

But given that the existing cable/streaming infrastructure and current Blu-Ray specs are unable to support 4k resolution it remains to be seen if and when such a TV will be able to make practical use of its increased resolution.

Users can also access LG’s Smart TV ecosystem, which comprises over 1,200 apps and gives users access to a growing range of premium content services such as the 3D Zone where viewers can select from a wealth of 3D movies.

LG has yet to provide pricing information.