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HDTV Expert Alfred Poor Tells You What to Buy and What Not to Buy (Video)

Roblimo posted more than 2 years ago | from the there's-no-such-thing-as-a-TV-that's-too-big dept.

Entertainment 324

Alfred Poor's website is called HDTV Almanac. That's where he talks about the latest HDTV industry news and changes. He also writes about HDTVs and monitors for a variety of industry publications and does some marketing consulting for manufacturers in the field. In this 17 minute video, Alfred tells us what features we should look for in our next TV buy and which ones aren't worth spending extra money on. He also says that for a variety of non-technical reasons, you might want to consider buying your next TV between now and June -- and says you should think about getting a 3D TV even if there aren't many 3D TV shows you want to watch right now.

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324 comments

Listen what I have to say (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39473111)

BUY BUY BUY!!!!!!

Listen to what I have to say (4, Funny)

jkflying (2190798) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473125)

BUY BUY BUY!!!!

Re:Listen to what I have to say (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39473177)

People are going to buy anyways. No one actually needs to tell consumers to consume. Supply attempts to meet demand.

Most new TV products, like all new products, attempt to come in with all the bells and whistles at a given price point; unless you are prepared to do the research yourself then you're like most people wanting an expert to break it down and allow us to make an informed decision. This does of course introduce another point of failure, the expert. Which expert to listen to?

At the end of the day, if you care for it that much, read user reviews, listen to experts, ask questions and consult your friends. After all, most people do not buy a new TV every year or two. Take a couple of days for a product that is supposed to be used for a good five years or more.

On the other hand, we can try to reduce everything with simplistic one liners...

Re:Listen to what I have to say (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39473521)

>People are going to buy anyways. No one actually needs to tell consumers to consume. Supply attempts to meet demand.

Many people would disagree with you. The US consumer confidence index, while in the rise, has been pretty damned low for the past few years. Unfortunately, the US economy is largely reliant on rampant consumerism. Lack of consumer confidence means consumers are less likely to spend money, less spending of money by consumers is bad for the US economy.

Re:Listen to what I have to say (5, Insightful)

realityimpaired (1668397) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473261)

When they figure out how to do 3D TV's which don't require that I wear clunkly glasses and keep my head perfectly level, I'll consider buying a 3D TV. Until then, the 42" LG flatscreen that I bought 5 years ago works perfectly well. It does 1080p, the picture is bright enough and clear enough, and it has 2 component video inputs and 3 HDMI, which is better than a lot of TV's on the market today.

For the foreseeable future, I don't see any reason to replace it unless it decides to shuffle off its mortal coil.

Re:Listen to what I have to say (5, Informative)

Moryath (553296) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473297)

Given the size of my living room, a 720p 50" Sony I bought years ago is doing just fine. It doesn't need 1080p, because at the distance I'm sitting from it, the eye can't tell the difference anyways.

http://s3.carltonbale.com/resolution_chart.html [carltonbale.com]

Re:Listen to what I have to say (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39473679)

While I strongly disagree with you about 720p being fine (the difference is quite visible on my 16" laptop screen when watching a movie), I think it's a fair point that even with an 1080p HD TV, you're going to be watching 720 or non-HD content 99% of the time.

Re:Listen to what I have to say (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39473791)

While I strongly disagree with you about 720p being fine (the difference is quite visible on my 16" laptop screen when watching a movie)

Yes but that's only true if you have Monster cables that correctly maintain the spin of the electrons as they travel down the tube, otherwise 1080p quickly degrades down to 720p anyway.

Seriously though, 720p and 1080p are indistinguishable for almost any normal use (ie. watching TV/movies). The only reason you might have any difference (outside of your head for self-satisfaction purposes) is if your screen's native resolution is 1080p and it does a piss-poor job of scaling other resolutions.

Re:Listen to what I have to say (2)

poetmatt (793785) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473307)

exactly. it's almost beyond comedy to act like buying anything *now* is ever good advice.

In addition we have 4K tv's on the way. Wouldn't a better time to buy a TV be right when 4K TV's become widespread and relevant 1080P TV's become cheap as dirt?

Room in the OAM spectrum for 4K? (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473621)

Wouldn't a better time to buy a TV be right when 4K TV's become widespread and relevant 1080P TV's become cheap as dirt?

Not if A. your TV just failed, or B. you're trying to put together a home theater PC with the latest version of XBMC and you've discovered that it doesn't have a composite output and your existing 480i TV doesn't have a VGA or HDMI input. And I don't see 4K (i.e. 2160p) TVs becoming widespread for a long time. There isn't enough room in the OTA spectrum for 4K, and people with old TVs don't want to have to buy yet another converter box to downscale 4K broadcasts to 2K (i.e. 1080p).

Re:Listen to what I have to say (3, Informative)

skids (119237) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473353)

I've found the tunable 3rd party glasses (Monster MV3D or XPAND X104) require significantly less head leveling. FWIW.

(BTW if you are buying for 3D, DLP is the better performer in this space, despite what manufacturers say about their LED/LCD/Plasma refresh rates. Problem being you can no longer get a DLP set smaller than huge.)

Re:Listen to what I have to say (1)

MikeBabcock (65886) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473473)

Dual DLP projectors with a 3D separation box (there are several) is even nicer, but you'll have to align the two images very well.

Re:Listen to what I have to say (3, Insightful)

AngryDeuce (2205124) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473531)

3D is a gimmick, just like it always has been up to this point. I'll invest in 3D when we're seeing true 3-dimensional holography without the need for special glasses, and it doesn't seem like that's going to be anytime soon...

Plus I always get headaches after a couple hours of watching 3D content, so I avoid it in the theater whenever I can. The only film I even care to see in 3D at this point is The Hobbit [imdb.com] , and that's not so much because it's 3D in itself but because I've been watching the behind the scenes footage of their technical setup [youtube.com] and am interested to see the difference in quality compared to the typical shit-tastic, fake 3D slapped on top of a 2D movie, Hollywood crap.

Re:Listen to what I have to say (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39473663)

The problem isn't technological. I'll buy a 3DTV when they discover a way for 3D to actually be an important part of the story and to move the story (and my emotions) in ways that regular 2DTV cannot. So far, they have not been able to do it at the movie theaters so my expectation is that they will not be able to do this for quite some time.

Re:Listen to what I have to say (4, Insightful)

b4dc0d3r (1268512) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473779)

"You might want to consider" is about the same as "If you're in the market" plus a little of "Take a moment and think about if your wife has been complaining about something with the TV."

If you are in the market, and especially if you are in the market and don't realize it, this is probably great advice. If you are not in the market, even the normally terrible summary doesn't tell you to buy one, only consider it.

I don't understand the knee-jerk "It works for me" replies to any 3D TV story. I'm interested, I don't have one yet, and having this guy's opinion gives me more info to base my decision on.

In other words, if your needs are fulfilled right now, you are very likely not the target audience.

Total binspam - why was this even posted? (5, Informative)

Barbara, not Barbie (721478) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473441)

Want some real advice? Do not buy a 3D tv. There's almost no content, the technology is immature, and the price will only go lower for better technology as time goes on.

BTW - this guy is no expert.

Who submitted this shite anyway? Oh, there was no submitter - it's a slashvertisement brought to you by roblimo. Can we have a way to down-mod stories? We've only been asking for that for years and years and years now. It would be better than those stupid anti_social_media buttons.

Re:Total binspam - why was this even posted? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39473611)

>Do not buy a 3D tv.
There is enough content if you're into gaming since many existing games can be played in 3D mode using special drivers, and the technology is mature enough to be enjoyable. If you've got the spare cash, I can highly recommend it. If not, it'll be cheaper next year, as always.

Re:Total binspam - why was this even posted? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39473693)

Want some real advice? Do not buy a 3D tv. There's almost no content, the technology is immature, and the price will only go lower for better technology as time goes on.

In some cases, a 3D panel has a better picture quality than the 2D equivalent. Even if you never watch 3D content, if the best PQ is your goal, a 3D panel may still be the way to go. Maybe this was mentioned in the article, but naturally I didn't read it.

Screw 3D movies, bring 3D games! (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39473129)

I have tested NVIDIA 3D technology with some games at it's awesome! The effect is even more real because you are actually interracting with the world. For example Left4Dead is great with 3D glasses. Now we just need more support from game developers.

I see (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39473139)

I see why taco left. "Roblimo", get a real job, you bum.

Re:I see (-1, Troll)

Pieroxy (222434) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473159)

Yeah, before they actually tried to coat the advertisement with some layer of techie double talk. Now it's like "Listen people, this guy is going to tell you what you should buy."

WTF? Where is slashdot?

Re:I see (-1, Troll)

Niedi (1335165) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473201)

True.... This article was a real WTF moment for me.

Re:I see (-1, Troll)

EmagGeek (574360) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473285)

Slashdot sold out years ago. It's only Slashdot in name, now.

Re:I see (-1, Troll)

Pieroxy (222434) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473381)

Oh, don't worry, I know that. It started slipping on the crapvertisement slope quite a while ago. The real question is: How low will it go. The the clue we're getting this week is: pretty damn low.

3D Display... (5, Insightful)

Nrrqshrr (1879148) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473145)

Manufacturers really should get over their 3D complex. Sure, they spent a lot on it, R&D and Marketing, but it does more harm than whatever gimmick-value it provides...

Re:3D Display... (5, Interesting)

Cazekiel (1417893) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473245)

My dad has always been a 3D nutter; he even constructed his own 3D digital camera around ten years ago (consisting of TWO digital cams, measuring the exact distance from each other/shot timing and put onto a homemade wood frame. The images were run through a program on the computer that arranged them to make the pictures viewable through a classic stereoscopic viewer). While he has the new technology, the 3D TV, manufactured digital cams, etc., he has that complex... only it's been a lifetime love affair, organic, geeked-out and really cool to grow up with. :)

Re:3D Display... (1)

Nrrqshrr (1879148) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473431)

Hah... now you made me all jealous. Lucky you.

Re:3D Display... (1, Interesting)

Cazekiel (1417893) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473479)

Here's more reasons to pants' me and drag me around the track: that's my STEP-dad. My bio-dad worked for a company that put together parts used for Voyager I. I come from a long line of geeks, both blood relation and married-into-fam. :D

Re:3D Display... (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473425)

I think Science Fiction had made us want a Holodeck like entertainment. If you cannot touch or interact we want 3D where it surrounds us. Not a TV that tends to give some depth to what we are looking at.
3D TV doesn't really effect most people because most people don't watch TV like they do movies. They watch TV slightly distracted.

Re:3D Display... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39473757)

I think Science Fiction had made us want a Holodeck like entertainment.

Nope. It was porn.

Re:3D Display... (2, Informative)

MikeBabcock (65886) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473489)

3D wasn't expensive to develop at all, that's the lie.

3D is just a high refresh rate and an IR transmitter sync'd to vsync to flip which image each eye sees.

This isn't high tech, it was done long ago, including in video games in the early 90's.

Posting under top comment for exposure (4, Informative)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473589)

When logged in, go to Options, then Exclusions section. Check the box "Roblimo" and hit save.

No more advertising videos.

TFS Saved Me 17 Minutes (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39473155)

Alfred Poor...says you should think about getting a 3D TV... .

Thank you summary, you just saved me 17 minutes by letting me know that Alfred Poor is a tool.

Re:TFS Saved Me 17 Minutes (4, Insightful)

Daetrin (576516) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473259)

Guy who does "marketing consulting" for the people trying to sell us the latest TV with all the gimmicks tells us to buy the latest TV with all the gimmicks. Color me shocked.

There are certainly a lot of things i'd like to know about which specs and features i needed to worry about and which i don't, i certainly did a lot of research on it the last time i bought a tv, but the first thing i put in the "just a marketing gimick that i don't care about" is 3D. I say this as someone who owns a 3DS and and never gets headaches from it. 3D works for me just fine, i just don't give a damn most of the time. And from what i've gathered from talking to other people i'm far from the only one. So the fact that this guys is pushing it makes me doubt everything else he has to say.

Re:TFS Saved Me 17 Minutes (1)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473291)

I recently bought a hdtv.

It's got 3d. I got no intention of using it. but the electronics needed for it.. well, they're not really that much. if the tv has fast enough refresh, it can do 3d with very little extra circuitry. In other words it would have been hard for me to find a set like the one I bough without 3d and that doesn't bother me too much. It was pretty cheap, imagine is nice. big enough.

everything is going to be cheaper in a year though. but this video? could have been one paragraph of text...

Re:TFS Saved Me 17 Minutes (1)

slyrat (1143997) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473389)

In other words it would have been hard for me to find a set like the one I bough without 3d and that doesn't bother me too much. It was pretty cheap, imagine is nice. big enough.

everything is going to be cheaper in a year though. but this video? could have been one paragraph of text...

Tvs come with imagination now? I guess it is good that it has a big enough imagination too, wouldn't want a tv that couldn't imagine enough things. That has got to make watching them a bit odd. I agree that text would have sufficed, that is what imagination is for.

Re:TFS Saved Me 17 Minutes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39473503)

Wish i would have seen the post before i wasted 17 minutes on a BUY BIG ASS 3D TV's advertisement.

Re:TFS Saved Me 17 Minutes (1)

MikeBabcock (65886) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473505)

If you play video games, there are a lot of 3D video games (on the PS3 at least), whether you want 3D for TV or not. Some of them are headache inducing personally, like Motorstorm Apocalypse and others are beautiful like Uncharted 3. YMMV.

TL;DR (2)

alexandre_ganso (1227152) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473161)

In a couple of lines, what does he say?

Re:TL;DR (5, Informative)

Pieroxy (222434) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473209)

In a couple of lines, what does he say?

Please buy the TVs whose manufacturers pay me more $$$ for.

Re:TL;DR (1)

MisterMidi (1119653) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473231)

In a nutshell, he says blah blah, buy your 3D TV now, more blah.

Is this serious?! (-1, Troll)

balbord (447248) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473163)

What the **** is this!? Who stole /.?!

Re:Is this serious?! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39473197)

Today is the day that Slashdot jumped the shark!

Football? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39473173)

What is this football he keeps talking about?

Re:Football? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39473433)

Either:

a North American game in which a ball is normally carried by hand and passed from hand-to-hand;

or:

a rest-of-the-world game in which a ball is controlled and passed by use of foot or head.

Re:Football? (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473615)

Handegg. It's a descentant of rugby, but with more padding and lawyers.

Armchair expert says buy "through my site" (4, Interesting)

mattdm (1931) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473185)

This is some guy with a website, with a dull and poorly produced video telling you to buy stuff. I stopped when I got to the part where it says that most people buy smaller TVs than they "need". N-E-E-D.

Now, if he said "people buy smaller TVs than would be AWESOME", okay, fine. But this is basically crass consumerism pumped up by guy who isn't an "industry expert" but rather someone who worked for a crappy rah-rah-buy-stuff computer magazine for 20 years and is trying to trade on that to get some money. That's not wrong in itself, but it sure does translate to being a slashvertisement here.

Two thumbs down.

Re:Armchair expert says buy "through my site" (2)

Loughla (2531696) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473219)

No, you need that tv; just like you need a new car today; just like you need a smart phone.

Just like you need Brawndo, remember, It Has Electrolytes!

Re:Armchair expert says buy "through my site" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39473367)

But it's got what plants crave!!

Re:Armchair expert says buy "through my site" (2)

nine-times (778537) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473241)

Didn't watch, but he's saying people buy smaller TVs than they need? Most of the TVs that I see for sale these days are 40" or larger. As someone who had a 19" TV for several years and felt lucky for it, I feel downright decadent with my 32" LCD TV, which is now several years old.

Even setting aside the question of whether anyone "needs" a TV, nobody needs a 40" TV. It's all luxury.

Re:Armchair expert says buy "through my site" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39473383)

Depends on if there are qualifiers. You can "need" a particular size TV for optimum viewing quality at distance X for 1080p viewing and distance y for 720p. But need in the general sense.. definitely no such thing.

Re:Armchair expert says buy "through my site" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39473617)

Man, I grew up in the 80s with a 19" TV in the family room. It seemed awesome when we got a 24" TV.

I've got a 32" LCD TV at home now, and I hear my friends talk about their 50+" TVs and I keep wondering, why the fuck does anyone need a TV that big.

Rubbish (5, Insightful)

Cherubim1 (2501030) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473191)

Poor advice. There is no need for anyone to buy anything beyond a HDTV. This is all marketing BS delivered by a corporate-paid shill.

Re:Rubbish (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39473397)

Poor advice. There is no need for anyone to buy anything beyond a HDTV. This is all marketing BS delivered by a corporate-paid shill.

Why even that? Judging by the content I've been seeing lately, I've having a hard time justifying replacing my 19" CRT TV.

Re:Rubbish (1)

ciderbrew (1860166) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473403)

No Need to buy a TV. Not had one for over a year. Can't see a reason for me to get one either. Projector for films and PC to watch things on youtube. Not much on. Well, not in the UK. I'm out of the need a TV demographic.

Re:Rubbish (1)

issicus (2031176) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473623)

Indeed. I think im going to order a 3d tv right now....

Re:Rubbish (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39473629)

i second t he poor advice. I purchased a smart tv around chirstmas, open box, for around 550---the same product is now nearly double that, open box..... i just happened to be curious about price shifts this weekend and checked.

I've noticed a lot of advertisements lately. (-1, Troll)

StoutFiles (2471680) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473193)

Me thinks some editors are being paid off to write articles about certain people and their websites.

Re:I've noticed a lot of advertisements lately. (-1, Offtopic)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473239)

S'on'y your opinion.

Re:I've noticed a lot of advertisements lately. (1)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473795)

If I recall, Slashdot said "sponsored" Slavertisments would be clearly marked.

3D is worthless to me... (4, Informative)

neokushan (932374) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473213)

Due to a (somewhat) rare eyesight condition, 3D doesn't work on me. I have two working eyes, just one doesn't see as well as the other so my vision is way off balanced to the right. I am also fairly near-sighted. Day-to-day, this causes me absolutely no trouble at all. I can't wear glasses (doesn't help), so I make do with just getting closer to things.

Anyhoo, it never stopped me from being able to use a computer. Standard font sizes on standard monitors were fine, I could read them just fine. However, as displays have gotten higher and higher resolutions, I'm finding it harder and harder to read them. My eyesight hasn't got any worse, it's just that things are getting smaller.

Despite all of the advances in Technology for the differently abled, such as DPI settings in windows, it doesn't actually help. Adjusting DPI breaks so many apps that it's more trouble than it's worth. 3D seems to be the big new thing everyone wants you to buy and I can only pray that it fails so badly, people just give up trying to sell it. I worry because if 3D becomes the "standard", there's possibly going to be a shift towards content that is only /i>3D, in much the same way that content has shifted to "HD everything", meaning I'm screwed.

So, for little ol' me, don't buy into 3D. Please.

Re:3D is worthless to me... (2)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473315)

adjusting dpi in windows is nowadays almost flawless for me, certainly more useful than it's trouble. the only thing is that some crappy programs like gimp need to be adjusted(from run properties) to not use pixel doubling(works fine with pixel doubling.. but.. it's a drawing program so).

only with very few old programs, usually installers, there is problems. usually very poorly written programs. with them you sometimes can't reach buttons because they're so far in the window.

(one trick to avoid pixel doubling is to use display scaling that's not 150%, 200% even numbers too).

and I depend on this to be able to use a 1920x1080 15 inch screen.

Re:3D is worthless to me... (3, Informative)

neokushan (932374) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473429)

Indeed, it's a lot better than it used to be but I still have a major program that doesn't like it - Visual Studio.
Now the funny thing is, it's "DPI-Aware" and the interface is, mostly, fine. The problem is the Windows Form Designer. It works, but the results on my screen differ from a non-DPI adjusted screen. So simple things, like lining up a bunch of text boxes so they're straight (and thus visually appealing) just doesn't work, not unless whoever runs the program is running the same DPI settings. Oddly enough, if a program is designed with DPI set to the default, on my DPI-adjused screen it's still fine. It makes no sense, really.

When I encounter a program that doesn't adjust correctly (as you said, often older or badly written programs), you can disable all DPI scaling easily enough but VS completely ignores these settings.

I'm lucky in that I have a decent sized monitor - 22", but at 1080p I find it just about uncomfortable to use. I only need about a 10% increase to be comfortable with it, but that's just enough to break things. I have a 24" monitor at home that's 1200p (1920x1200) and it's perfect for me. I'm saddened that you can't find 16:10 monitors any more because of this.

Re:3D is worthless to me... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39473331)

Aah yeah, I also have a eyesight conditions(Keratoconus, progressive stage) with similar results as you have, and im running into the same problems, Especially with windows, its quite horrible to use when my eyes tire, Linux is not as bad due to all the fonts being a notch bigger by default and also vector drawn by the looks of it.

Fortunately there is still control + for browsers..

Re:3D is worthless to me... (2)

skids (119237) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473449)

The content should not worry you too much. There are some cinematic effects that producers simply won't use in a 3D movie because they don't come over well in 3D, so those will be missing from the cinematic bag of tricks, but it is hard to imagine a 3D production that won't be watchable in 2D without ruining it.

Where you need to worry is in the lack of 2D viewing equipment. People with your types of conditions need to start pummeling the TV manufacturers and theaters publicly, because they have stopped producing/providing glasses that allow you to turn 3D off while the rest of the people in the room are watching in 2D. So if you want to go see a movie with friends who like 3D, you wouldn't have to be the killjoy if you were able to get a pair of left-left or right-right lensed glasses.

Re:3D is worthless to me... (2)

neokushan (932374) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473673)

You're quite right, it's the equipment that's the issue rather than the content. I guess what I'm (poorly) trying to say is that I'm worried 3D will become the "standard" much like HD has, whereby there's no "off" switch because why wouldn't people want the better picture?
3D glasses aren't actually a problem. They simply don't "work" on me, I see the same image with or without the glasses (or rather, if I watch the 2D version it's the same for me, as 3D-without-the-glasses is of course all blurry). I've tested this on a range of films, as I know people complain that some films look awful in 3D (Clash of the Titans), while others look good (Avatar). I've even heard people say that animated films suit it best. I've tested all of them (Cloudy with a Chance of meatballs for the latter) and had the same result. I've also tried various different types of glasses, Active and Passive, on a range of different 3D displays (thanks to a friend who worked in Best Buy UK before it shut down).

However, that's "Glasses 3D" (I'm sure there's a proper term for that). I can live with that, (I don't even mind paying the premium for it in the cinema if that's what others want to see), but I've had a particularly bad experience with "non-glasses" 3D. Namely, the 3DS. When the slider for the 3D was put above a certain point, I got this very odd effect whereby I would see both images at the same time, flickering between each other very quickly. After a few seconds, I could already feel a migrane coming on (And I don't really get headaches, no matter how long I stare at screens for - something I've attributed as a positive side-effect of my eyesight). I completely get why people complain of headaches from using a 3DS for too long, even if they don't notice the "flicker" it's definitely there. That's what worries me about the future - you can turn 3D off now, but for how long? I'm hoping things like headaches and such are enough to persuade manufacturers to have an off button for the foreseeable future, but all it takes is one or two "breakthroughs" in the technology and I could potentially be screwed.

Disable Advertising (-1, Offtopic)

funtapaz (1406785) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473215)

So if I tick that little disable advertising checkbox to the right will I stop seeing stories like these?

Re:Disable Advertising (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39473301)

Unfortunately not. But I'd always left that box unticked until now. I'm done helping to support this crap.

Blu-Ray vs. DVD (4, Insightful)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473229)

This guy must have bad eyes. I have a PS3 & 42" 1080p TV. Ours is probably 8-10 feet away depending on where you sit in our living room. I can easily tell the difference between a Blu-Ray and DVD. In fact, it's a tremendous difference in clarity.

Re:Blu-Ray vs. DVD (2)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473573)

You can tell even more of a difference if you were to sit closer. you are sitting outside the window that physics dictates, but then you might be a superhero that has laser vision.

99% of people CANT tell the difference between a clean SD signal and a 1080p signal on a 42" beyond 12 feet. And I am betting that you would have trouble if someone were to show you a very clean superBit DVD and the bluray of the same content.

Re:Blu-Ray vs. DVD (1)

danbob999 (2490674) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473603)

Yes but do you see the difference between 720p and 1080p? Maybe not, or just barely.

BUT YOU NEED TO BE READY FOR 3D (4, Insightful)

alen (225700) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473247)

you need to buy a 3D TV for the most money even though there is little media for it and even though they will be a lot cheaper in a few years when or if there is more media just to be ready for the media. remember you won't be able to buy a 3D TV in a few years when the 3D media arrives so you have to buy it now just to be ready for the arrival

anyone remember maximum PC 15 years ago? they were saying the same thing. buy expensive crap before there is any media just to "be ready". like the hardware is not going to be cheaper when the media arrives. i see the same nonsense now about the upcoming 4K TV's

Re:BUT YOU NEED TO BE READY FOR 3D (2)

LoverOfJoy (820058) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473735)

Before I read the comments I was guessing reasons to buy now might include things like, "Get 3D now before it's got twice the DRM packed in with it." or 'Ideally you should get a new TV before June because that is when they are releasing the TVs with hidden cameras that send data back to 3rd parties." Instead it sounds like he's simply saying buy 3d now so I get a larger bonus.

I can believe there are sometimes reasons to buy early even if later prices will come down but it doesn't sound like this guy has any legitimate ones.

Guy who depends on HDTV industry says "Buy HDTV's" (0)

crazyjj (2598719) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473255)

Film at eleven.

wth (5, Insightful)

matt_king (19018) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473257)

If you are going to post "advertorial" content SLASHDOT, at least mark it as such. I just lost some respect for this site.

ha ha (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39473267)

This guy just summed up all the reasons I still have a 27" CRT as my main TV; and will keep it until the day it dies a horrible smokey death... Maybe by then the quality of an LCD (or whatever 3 letter meme, is the TV of the day, at that time) will be worth it.

   

Non-technical reasons between now and June? (1)

sirdude (578412) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473269)

So, like many others I'm sure, I can't be asked to watch the video... but I'm curious as to what these non-technical reasons are for buying a new TV before June. Anybody care to list them?

Re:Non-technical reasons between now and June? (0)

AdrianKemp (1988748) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473341)

Didn't watch the video, but from a few comments here I think it's summed up in one word:

sports

In other words, no one with a brain need care.

Re:Non-technical reasons between now and June? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39473495)

Someone mod Miss Adrian up to legitimize her feeling of enlightenment.

Re:Non-technical reasons between now and June? (1)

alen (225700) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473349)

the 2012 models will ship in volume later in the summer so you can pick up a 2011 model on sale

Re:Non-technical reasons between now and June? (1)

sirdude (578412) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473643)

Ah, thank you :)

Re:Non-technical reasons between now and June? (1)

alen (225700) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473799)

ive looked at TV prices for myself and others and in the june/july/august time frame there is a lot of discounting. usually manufacturers will run specials with a retailer at a time over a few weeks

Re:Non-technical reasons between now and June? (-1, Offtopic)

jabberw0k (62554) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473355)

He needs your money now. Next time on Slashdot: The Technical Reasons Why Martha Stewart Chooses X Brand Flour.

Who got a check for this? (-1, Troll)

Cazekiel (1417893) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473271)

Hah, don't hit 'skip ad now' if it's for secure.davison.com, unless you want another tab to come up for their site.

Wow (-1, Troll)

michael021689 (791941) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473273)

Could we at least pretend we aren't putting ads up as stories?

Okay, so someone link to some good advice then? (3, Interesting)

mojotooth (53330) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473323)

Everybody seems to be bashing this guy as some kind of shill, could some of those same folks please point out some advice that they *would* give credence to?

Re:Okay, so someone link to some good advice then? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39473467)

Only buy things you'd miss not having, and buy them when word of next season's model drops the price of the current one. Don't upgrade unless it gives some sort of actual benefit.

Re:Okay, so someone link to some good advice then? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39473497)

Here's my advice:

1: Current TV broken?
2: Yes? -> Buy one that suits your current needs. If it costs over $1000, reevaluate concept of "wants" and "needs". Buy it (you were going to anyway). GOTO 1.
3: No? -> Wait until it breaks. GOTO 1.

Running out of patience (-1, Offtopic)

TwentyCharsIsNotEnou (1255582) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473325)

I can put up with the odd crappy article / summary, but THIS... this is a direct insult to Slashdot's readership. This guy is staring directly out at me from a Slashdot page, while he spouts the kind of sales bullshit that I wouldn't believe even if I knew nothing about HDTVs or electronics. Christ, whoever approved this must have absolutely no idea what Slashdot's reader demographic consists of.

Shop for Deals (3, Informative)

na1led (1030470) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473327)

My dad purchased his Samsung 55" LCD 3D TV with glasses for $2200. I purchased my Samsung 51" Plasma 3D TV w/ glasses in December for $599 at BestBuy. I always try to find the best deal, not the latest and greatest.

SPAM (0, Offtopic)

Alsee (515537) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473343)

Apparently Slashdot's new tagline is:
Ads for nerds. Stuff you should buy.

-

Sales pitch for 3D? (2)

markalot (67322) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473375)

There is no real technical information here, this video is targeted to the standard consumer, not a slashdot reader.

What I find most offensive though, is that you get 3/4 of the way in before you realize this is really a sales pitch for 3D. Yes, he really wants us to buy 3D so the installed base gets bigger and more content is available. Sorry. I wear glasses, I will never sit down and watch a 3D movie. I just don't care about 3D, nor do I see any sense in spending the extra money for a 3D set. It doesn't make any sense. I still laugh when I think of a 3D TV purchase for my family of four. ... now does this come with 4 glasses? No, just two? Oh, there's a special on extra glasses? How nice. So I pay hundreds more for a 3D set and I need to buy extra glasses.

HD4K2K (1)

Thorfinn.au (1140205) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473453)

next big thing is HD4K2K = 4 times the number of pixels than an HD screen, some sport this year is being recorded in HD4K2K so are most movies, where was it in this advertorial NO WHERE.
Horrendously expensive at present like $55k for a 3m screen but prices will drop with Moore's law regularity

Alfred Poor's Computer Cures (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39473465)

Wow. I remember this guy when he ran a column in Computer Shopper. Still, I didn't watch the video. :)

My exact feelings about post-taco Slashdot (-1, Offtopic)

Edisman (726822) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473519)

SMBC gets it right [smbc-comics.com]

So.... (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473545)

Having a blog makes you an "expert" now.

Glad to know the bar is lowered a lot for expert status.

3D may never be worth it (3, Interesting)

SpeedyG5 (762403) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473609)

Personally I go to the movies to relax and enjoy. I do not go to have things popping up in my face(Insert porn joke here). I am there to be immersed in the story I don' t want to ducking, bobbing and weaving. What is the obsession with 3D, they keep trying to shove it down my throat(Another porn joke). I could get a little subtle depth play, but that wouldn't warrant me paying good money for a new plasma. Regardless of wether the content is there I don't want it.

Slashdot - What a crock of shit (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39473675)

Posting anonymously as I've already modded.... but c'mon Slashdot. What the hell is this crap you're slashvertising???

A 17 minute clip (I only got 10 minutes in before it stalled) of some random guy pushing 3D tellies as if they're going out of fashion?

BUY 3D NOOOOOW! IT WON'T GET ANY CHEAPER!!111!!!!1!!!!

Seriously? Even second-hand car salesman are more honest than that. My Mum would watch this and sum it up to be a load of bullshit. So why the hell is it posted on a tech site FFS? I'm on the verge of quitting Slashdot now. I can get more up-to-date stories on the BBC that don't appear on Slashdot until about 2 days later, and the stuff that does appear on Slashdot is now watered down bullshit.

Is this slashdot or some other crappy review site? (0, Flamebait)

rullywowr (1831632) | more than 2 years ago | (#39473695)

Really. What's next, "car salesmen recommend top features to look for when you buy a vehicle?"

Wow.

To paraphrase the current Aussie Prime Minister... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39473775)

... a good website has lost its way.

Like WTF? I think it's pretty safe to say there'll be open revolt if this happens again...

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