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3D TVs discontinued, what do I do now?

Hi, I am writing as I, like millions of others around the world, bought into the 3D phenomena and have a 3D TV and many 3D movies which I enjoy.

I started with an active glasses-type 3D TV but as I wore glasses this turned out to be an uncomfortable system to use (albeit better). I then went to the passive system which I currently use. My question though is what to do if my TV breaks down and cannot be repaired, as most manufacturers if not all have stopped supporting the (3D) manufacture. What avenue is left to be able to watch these movies in a big-screen format, and why are we still being offered this format if it is no longer hardware-supported? You can still buy players and recorders that will show the movie but what option today or in the near future is there going to be to continue to allow this experience to be had? Thanks!

--Submitted by Don R.

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just like users who got stuck with betamax

didn't the dvds that had 3d movies also included regular movie formats? as far as repair, it is difficult to repair a regular smarttv these days or even find someone locally to do it so it would be near impossible to find someone for a 3d one. it is usually cheaper just to get a new one.

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2D glasses for sale Cheap.

Any takers?

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That's the issue...

He can get a new one, but 3D TVs are harder to get as each year passes. Probably some old stock sitting around but most manufacturer have stopped producing them for a few years already. I saw a couple of Amazon, but slim pickings if any. Sad

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I am in the same situation - but that doesn't help either of us! However, I seem to remember that, many years ago, I heard or read that 3D TV was based on 2 streams, L+R, rather like stereo music. As a result, the L stream can be isolated and played in an equivalent of 'mono', ie: 2D. How do you do that? I suppose it depends on your TV's make and some hard-to-find, deep-in-the-menu item. If anyone else can help point the way ... ? (My main TV is LG's last, very expensive in the day, OLED passive 3D, but in another room I have a smaller, other make active 3D, so, if anyone knows ...).

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check your tv settings

I read that all 3d tvs can be used as 2d. might want to check your tv manual.

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Button on remote?

Samsung's have a button on the remote, which may be unique. It converts 3d content to 2d, as well as tries to do the reverse, and does a decent job of it on the fly.

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3D Projectors are an option

I have had the same experience when my LG OLED 3D panel had to be replaced and there was no 3D panel available. I have had a couple of demo's of mid-range 3D projectors from Optima but I think the picture quality was poor when compared with the OLED and you would have to spend a lot of money to get anywhere close to the picture quality. I have even considered the option of the VR headsets that are available but only 1 person can view the movie at a time.
So until someone can develop a system where 2 or more headsets can be linked up from a single source, all us 3D fans will be left with the 2D discs which have accompanied the 3D discs.

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Live Long and Prosper

First off, the expected service life of most TV brands is longer than pretty much any other electronic device you might own, so while the "What will I do if it breaks down" question may be a concern, it isn't much of a concern because your current set will probably enjoy a long life.

Secondly, every 3D movie I own came with a 2D version included, so while the 3D effect may be lost the content will still be viewable.

Third, 3D is a fad that goes in and out of fashion. It is currently out of fashion, but within the life of your current set it is quite possible that it will come back in vogue and your problem will solve itself. When (not "if") they figure out a way to provide a credible 3D effect without those clunky glasses, it will come back with a vengeance and players will be able to decode existing 3D formats suitably for whatever display makes that possible.

I love the scene in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" in 3D when they are dealing with Beorn's bees, and also the scene when Bilbo and the dwarves escaped from the Elvenking's dungeons and are careening down the river.

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3D Movies are in demand

It seems that the lull in 3D TV's does not exist with the Movie studios, and we know that the studios always look for the extra buck and pin their hopes that once the 3D movie goes to dvd's. They keep making those video game movies in 3D. who is going to buy them, if 3D tv's aren't made anymore?

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the people who still own 3D TVs like Ron

They still make them but probably very few. Sad

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Be patient I am told

I am friendly with a top level manager who works for one of the major change that handles all brands. He stated that 3-D comes and goes in stages or increments of five years, give or take a few. It’s been phased out before and brought back. Poor marketing by charging so much for glasses doomed the platform. There is a petition on the web to ask the big players to support the platform again and suggest you seek it out and sign your name. It’s a shame bc the passive glasses are fairly inexpensive and work far better than active glasses. The studios continue to support it with discs as they are inexpensive to make and command a higher shelf price due to the premium experience. And iMax continues to support it even though - and you may not like this - most people don’t care one way or another about 3-D, BUT close to 20% of the viewing public is averse to the platform and experience dizziness or headache upon viewing.

I have not found a single manufacturer who has built out a 3-D television since late 2016. LG and Sony, are you listening? The ONLY reason I am not spending 3K + or even up to 5K for a new set that would upgrade me to DolbyVision and better picture processing is bc I don’t want to give up my 3-D OLED! And I won’t until it dies. But if the TV makers only provided a set to support 3D, they’d sell thousands more!

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From Your Mouth . . .

Nice to know there's a possibility it'll re-emerge.
I KNOW most 3-D disks can be viewed in standard 2-D. However, I'm a sucker for old movies shot in 3-D and was delighted to be able to acquire and watch these titles "as shot." I have no interest in trying to convert standard 2-D content to fake 3-D--I just want to watch my BRDs in 3-D.

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3D films

In the early 1950's, (yes, I have lived tht long!) , 3D films made their appearance at the cinema. The consensus of opinion was that they were a great improvement on the existing film experience but having to wear 3D glasses to watch them was too uncomfortable and the populace would have to wait until the problem of wearing of 3D glasses was solved. 3D films again made their appearance some ten years ago and again the consensus was the same. The more things change, the more they remain the same!

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3D films

On a slightly different note. In the early 1980's, I bought a Commodore computer. As there were no programs available for my speciality, I wrote my own in BASIC. In the following years, through the many iterations of DOS and Windows, I continued to use these programs in BASIC on a daily basis. i am still using them today on a daily basis running Win 32 bit.

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Movie studios want the 3D experience only in theaters?

Maybe there's a back room reason 3D is disappearing as a consumer option for home theaters...It's just a theory but possibly they want to keep movie goers coming back to the Cinemas for something they can't get at home. Like those massaging chairs and movie popcorn! Grin

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It likely died out because people did not see any value!

I never had a 3D set, but did buy into Laser discs when they were out and had the player. I have had one bad eye for the past 10 years and would not have gotten any value out of it. I have had a big screen TV since 1999. My first one was 55 inches with a CRT, my second was 70 inches with a DLP system. My third which I am still using is a 65 inch curved screen Samsung Smart TV. Love this one since it is really easy to connect to streaming services and have dropped Direct TV and do not have any cable service and just have Netflix and You Tube Premium and that gives my all I could want. When I was 10 years old back in 1943, we didn't have any TV at all. We got a TV a couple of years later and we didn't have any TV services. Only OTA channels. Since then I have gone through quite a few cable services and about 4 years ago switched to Direct TV which I had for 2 years and then dropped them about 2 years ago, and now I am back to OTA service with the 2 streaming services. I will never go back to Cable TV. since I spend about $100 a month for Cox internet and the 2 streaming services cost about $25 a month total. I live alone so that was an easy decision.

My Interest in 3D TV was pretty short lived as was my interest in buying a 4K  TV Player. I have never been money constrained in buying electronic equipment since I have been single for 34 years. I do have an A/V amplifier for better quality sound and I bought a DVD Player which I don't use very often anymore due to You Tube Streaming.

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I go a bit further...i post, troll and etc and etc and i am 90 1/ you hope, doesn't it? LOL

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Take care of your current TV the best you can....

So I have a 75" Sony XBR 940D and I love the active 3D (and so do my kids) and I own a few fantastic classic 3D titles such as the first Pacific Rim and Rogue One. Here's what has worked for me: Originally, I used the CNET and AVS recommended settings which recommended turning off most local dimming and black enhancements. After about 1 year, I started to see a large light washed out area on the screen and used my Amazon warranty to get a couple control boards replaced. You should be able to do that for a reasonable price if you have that type of problem even without a warranty. After the boards were replaced the picture was better, but I still had a bit of light area washout on the screen. Amazon was ready to replace the TV, but with a 2D model! I finally played with the settings enough and adjusted the black enhancement and local dimming and it's performing nearly as good as new now. Point is this: If you can keep your enhancements on low settings to start with I believe, as the TV ages, you should be able to slowly increase the enhancements to extend the life of your screen. This may not work for everyone or completely restore the picture, but without a doubt it has worked wonders for my screen. And I still have a step or two to go if needed. The local dimming options even brought a dead pixel back to life. And I haven't even turned on the Black Adjust yet. Bottom Line IMO, keep your enhancements as low as possible so as not to overdrive components, don't let you TV stay on for hours overnight for no reason, and use a power conditioner and circuit breaker of course, and don't give up if you haven't tried to replace a couple components first. TV repair, which in this day and age barely still exists, is something to consider. And be sure to use original parts, which is what I did with the Sony. The Tech was very well aware of knockoff parts and showed me the replacements were original Sony parts. Good luck in keeping your legacy tech in shape. My kids love 3D movie night, so I'm doing what I can... Cool

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Get a projector!
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There is such a pile of misinformation on this thread!

Firstly, pretty much every big blockbuster movie comes out on 3D!
Also, some NOT so big blockbuster
THERE IS NO SHORTAGE! Sick of hearing that...more 'reviewer' driven than anything else.
Everyone I knew that had a 3d TV at home, LOVED IT!!
Didn't use it a lot, but when they wanted it, they had it...
I loved my LG Passive 3D. I'll find another!
Also, 2D to 3D conversion works pretty good in most cases. Football, with super imposed grid lines, not so well, but HOCKEY? WOW !! AWESOME!!
My LG had an easy to use remote that would convert to 2D should the need arise. Since the passive glasses are the same as those found in theatres, I had no shortage of those. Who actually PAYS for these???
EVERY TV manufactured should have passive 3D capability as an automatically included 'gift' considering prices out there.
Just my 2 cents!
Powell River, Canada

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3d isn't going anywhere, just going through puberty

If you haven't yet tried 3d movie with a mobile phone headset, it's pretty cool. You end up in a much more submersed atmosphere to enjoy the movie, especially with headphones. Plex has even gone the way of allowing your friends to virtually join you in a VR theater or VR drive-in movie to watch the movie together with VR headsets, google dreamview or Samsung gear vr. This tech still has flaws with battery life and overheating phone, but tv makers know the need for a big tv to have a 3d gimmick with costly add on's like $40-60 glasses can't compete with the experience of the VR options that are undeniably the future.

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As long as 3D movies are being made...

I am in the same boat. I had a 2011 LG passive Cinema 3D TV that recently had the HDMI jacks go bad. I replaced it with a XBR850A which is active 3D. (and is 4K), while it does the job, passive is far superior. (3D is still more immersive than both 4K and 4K HDR IMO)

Active 3D is probably what killed 3D (in addition casual audiences that passively watch movies at home, while messing on phones or have it as background "noise") was active 3D. Batteries, heavier glasses, syncing, specialized formats required. Passive 3D technology, the FPR coating is agnostic of the other technology in the TV! Had manufacturers grown a brain, they would have realized that FPR 3D can be driven entirely through content. Streaming services need only send an interlaced image and the glasses do the rest. Using TriDef 3D you can get LAG FREE 60fps 3D gameplay and NO ONE KNEW ABOUT THIS. It wasn't advertised. Instead, Sony tried to throw unplayable laggy active 3D at gamers. Soon the technology will be pushing 120fps 4K content, and that too could easily be 3D with FPR.

3D could find new life in that 4K panels with FPR deliver enough resolution to give you sharp, immersive 3D gaming. Naturally you need the hardware in place before you can push software. If there were enough 3D sets out there, I could see Netflix offering 3D options (again). But it has to be passive FPR, and I think LG has patents on it, and they still think "there is no audience for it". (regardless that they never tried gamers, and 3D ticket sales still eclipse 2D for blockbuster action movies)

We really need to get LG to put the FPR coating on at least ONE set they make each year. Projectors are simply not an option for most of us. There is a petition, but those rarely make a difference. We need to get James Cameron on the case, I figure he will be when he tries to bring his 60fps 3D Avatar sequels home.

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Simple, get a PSVR

If you have a PS4, using a PSVR you can play 3d movies using it. It's the reason I was able to put my 720p plasma 3d tv out to pasture and move on to a TCL 4k HDR tv.

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What do I do?

Not much. My books are printed in 2D, and they still read just fine. Happy

The whole 3D TV thing came and went without my participation, and almost without my knowledge. I saw some being demo'd in Costco and was underwhelmed. Good thing they never hit my price point.
One reason for avoiding early adoption.
At that time I believe they all had 2D function, else how to watch the evening news? That, and the 2D option on BluRay, means y'all will continue to have entertainment; bread, circuses, whatever.

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It's not your 70's or 80's 3D

Well, let me tell you. With my 4K Sony 3D 75" TV, it's an excellent Home Theater experience for the Family. I really hope they bring it back for others to see. My kids and their friends absolutely love watching 3D movies at our House. And for certain, it's not the 1970's King Kong 3D with the Red and Blue plastic paper lens glasses. Some movies in 3D aren't that great depending on the quality of the production. But many of them are fantastic. And this TV is great for all 2D viewing also, even the 3D movies look great in 4K 2D...

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When something breaks you find someone to repair it

What you'd do when your 3D TV breaks is the same as what you'd do in every other situation when something breaks, especially if that something is not being made anymore - you find someone to repair it.

The only thing that can't be repaired in a 3D TV - just like in a normal TV - is the display.

If that breaks it's really easy - you find and old and still working 3D set or you move on.

We've serviced easily hundreds of Vizio 3D TVs from the XVT3D models; we've serviced lots of Samsung plasma and LED TVs with 3D from the D series...I know two weeks ago we replaced all the back lights of a 65'' not remember the model, but remember I made a video and posted it in our YouTube yeah, people do repair 3D TVs.

And I am not saying we can repair your TV or any 3D TV...i am saying there are repair services out there and you should look for them as long as the screen is not busted.

Lastly, the moment Chinese realize there's a gap in the market, however small it may be, they'll start making 3D TVs or at the very least they'll make add-ons that allow regular TVs to play 3D content.

it's not rocket science, really.

So keep an eye on AliBaba and AliExpress as well.

Hope it helps.

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Wait for the Chinese market to bring it back! (+ cost rant)

I enjoy my 3D movies and I'm always looking for bargains online. One thing I've noticed is a lot of new Chinese movies are out in 3D. Since that's a quarter of the planet, when they decide it's worth having 3D on their home systems, they'll get it! That market is simply too big to ignore.

As to the cost issues, it was never the glasses (you've already dropped $2k on a 65 in TV and now you're complaining about another $90 for two additional pairs of glasses?). The problem I think most people have is the home price difference vs. the theater price difference. At the theater, it might be 25% - 33% more to see a film in 3D. A typical 3D Blu-Ray release these days is more like 200% - 300% more for the 3D over the regular 2D. So, at the theater, it's $15 for 2D or $20 for 3D, but at home (day of release), it's $20 for 2D or $60 for 3D (Aquaman did that recently). How many people would pay $45 at the theater for 3D? I like 3D, but I'm not going to pay triple at home or the theater. Multiply that by several movies a year and the cost of the glasses is quickly in the noise. Yes - economy of scale, blah, blah, blah. An edited version of the 2D cover sheet and a different dataset (they already have it from the theater version) on the disc is triple the price? Please! Want to cut costs, studios? Don't give me a DVD version along with the 2D and 3D Blu Rays - if I have Blu Rays, I'm not going to watch a DVD copy. Even better, just give me the 3D version - my TV and my player both allow for playing 3D as 2D. More than one of my discs (can't remember which ones now) even have the 2D and 3D on the same Blu Ray - why aren't they all like that? I guess that's enough of my 3D cost rant for now...

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I never watched one 3D program on my Panasonic Plasma. I refuse to opt into another format. It's just a gimmick. 4K on my New Sony is awesome.

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