HDTV Almanac – VIZIO Proves Me Wrong!


For quite a while, I’ve been saying that if you want 3DTV with a flat panel display, you’re going to be stuck with active “shutter glasses” for the foreseeable future. Why not use the inexpensive passive glasses like you wear at the local cinema? Because it costs too much to add the required extra polarizing layers to the display panel, and this would raise the price too much to be competitive.

Clearly, I was wrong.

Yesterday, Vizio announced the XVT3D650SV, a new 65″ LED LCD HDTV with 3DTV support. It also has Vizio’s VIA (Vizio Internet Apps) for Internet connectivity and access to Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand, Facebook, Rhapsody, Pandora, and much, much more. It has wired and dual-band 802.11n WiFi support and a Bluetooth universal remote with a QWERTY keypad. It has localized dimming with the edge-lit LED backlight for increased dynamic contrast. And it is compatible with a wide range of 3DTV signal formats – including Blu-ray — which helps futureproof the purchase. And it comes bundled with four pairs of passive 3D glasses which are just like the ones that you wear at the local cinema. In fact, the same glasses will work in both places. To read more of this article, please click here.