Your regularly scheduled programming, now in 3D
The recent blockbuster success of 3D movies like Avatar and Alice in Wonderland has created a lot of interest in transferring the same technology to the small screen.
At Future Shop, they're already getting ready to roll out the latest TV technology.
"3D televisions are actually the best of their kind. They are the best 2D televisions, with the capability of 3D with the glasses," Future Shop's Russell Bonnicci told CTV News.
Panasonic -- one of several manufacturers designing 3D TVs -- has taken its prototypes on tour.
"If you've seen 3D in the theatre and you really like it there, wait ‘til you see it at home," said Panasonic spokesman Peter Fannon.
Consumer Reports checked out the new models, and says 3D looks promising.
"Many of the 3D demos that we've seen represent a clear step forward from the previous generations that we've tested," said Jim Willcox of Consumer Reports.
"They seem to deliver very good three-dimensional depth and resolution, especially with animated content."
But at Consumer Reports' labs, the verdict is still out until testers can get the new 3D TVs in house.
"We'll be evaluating the quality of the 3D, as well as seeing how well these TVs perform as conventional sets. 3D is really a new feature on these TVs; we won't be watching everything in 3D," Willcox said.
As for the cost, it's expected these TVs will come at a premium -- a mark-up of 20 or 30 per cent.
For a 46-inch LCD television, a 3D model will cost between $600 and $700 more than a conventional model, according to Future Shop's Bonnicci.
"And remember, you're also going to have to pay for glasses," said Willcox.
"Some manufacturers may bundle a pair or two with the TV, but additional glasses are probably going to cost anywhere from $60 to $200."
Another consideration -- right now, there are no 3D channels or shows. But ESPN and the Discovery Channel are promising to add them this year.
As for movies, you'll need to use a 3D-enable Blu-ray player.
Consumer Reports' take? You've got plenty of time before you need to think about buying a 3D TV.
With a report from CTV British Columbia's Chris Olsen