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Time to get a 3-D television set?

3-D television sets are coming onto the market. Should you buy one now orwait? For most, it will be best to wait. The reasons include:

the best a viewer can hope for, at present, is a half-resolution 3-D signal from their cable or satellite-based distributor, says technology and media analyst Carmi Levy

3-D movies can be watched on a Blu-ray player plugged into a 3-D TV set but there are only a handful of discs presently available — withselling prices around $35

viewers have to wear battery-operated glasses and watch from a particular spotto get the illusion of depth; some people may get headaches and other discomforts

3-D TV sets are currently pricey — for example, Samsung is asking close to $3,000 for its 46-inch screen, a Blu-ray player and two pairs of 3-D glasses

at $250 each (or thereabouts), the cost of the glasses for a family orfriendsadds up

in time, 3-D TV sets will be sold at the same price as their 2-D equivalent; the only extra cost would be the 3-D view glasses, says a report from UBS Securities

– library of discs for Blu-ray players should keep expanding (Hollywood is allocating more resources to 3-D; futureDisney and DreamWorks animations will be available in 3-D)

But sports fans, movie buffs and avid gamers might be interested in taking the plunge now

in June, ESPN Inc. is scheduled to launch a 3-D channel with a minimum of 85 live sportscasts in 2010, including FIFA World Cup soccer matches this summer.

in June, DirecTV subscribers should have access to three 3-D channels

this summer, Sony is expected to launch a 3-D TV line-up, and its PlayStation sets should have the capability to play games and movies in 3-D

In 2011, devotees of educational television might be interested in 3-D TV sets: Discovery Communications plans to launch, with Sony and IMAX Corp., the first dedicated 3-D TV network in the U.S, which will run natural history, space, engineering, science and technology programming, as well as movies and childrens shows.
Tomorrow, there should be a post on how to invest in the 3-D television providers