Entries in 3-D Glasses (2)


Movie Theater Owners Object to Sony's Plan to Stop Paying for 3D Glasses

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Movie theater owners are not happy with Sony's plan to subsidize 3D glasses for its films, beginning in May.

Patrick Corcoran of the National Association of Theater Owners says if studios such as Sony choose not to pay for the glasses, the theater owners will be forced to cover the costs.  That could potentially lead to a price hike for 3D movie tickets.

Corcoran says, "Sony needs to rethink their plan and they need to negotiate with theater owners directly.  They can't just unilaterally decide that they're no longer going to pay for that."

Charles Martin Smith, the director of the current 3D film Dolphin Tale, says it's possible that moviegoers won't want to fork over extra cash for a 3D movie, if ticket prices do in fact increase.

He says, "It probably would be a disincentive.  Depending on how much more, you know.  If it's an extra 25 cents maybe not, but if it's an extra $25, sure.  But yeah, you'd hate to see audiences being charged that much more."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Electronic Firms to Standardize 3-D Glasses for Home TVs

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A group of electronics giants are joining forces to finally standardize 3-D glasses for home use.

With high-margin 3-D TVs expected to become popular in the U.S. over the next several years, Sony Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. announced Monday they were signing on with Panasonic Corp, among other firms, to develop universal 3-D glasses.

The new standards, which should be available by the early fall, will cover various infrared and radio-frequency communications, as well as Bluetooth technology.

Far different from the glasses that people wear in movie theaters, the 3-D glasses that connect with high-definition televisions feature batteries that allow the specs to flash different images to each eye, thus creating the 3-D effect.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

ABC News Radio