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How to set up a 3D HDTV

How to present your 3D HDTV set in the best way possible

If you've forked out for a 3D HDTV , you're going to want to be able to show it off. Check out our guide which will take you from step one (setting up your screening room) all the way to the end (choosing what to watch).

What to watch

All right, now you have your room and your TV set up (as best you can) for optimal viewing. Go ahead, grab a bag of popcorn, settle down on your couch and watch...what?

As we've noted in the past, one of the biggest issues with 3D TV is the utter lack of content. But don't worry - that should be changing soon, as a slew of movies will be released in 3D Blu-ray in the coming months. Until then, you're stuck with what's in stock right now.

3D Blu-ray discs
Don't expect to see the awesome 3D feature films that are hitting cinemas right now - many of them won't be available for 3D home viewing initially, or will be part of an HDTV or shutter-glasses 'bundle'. Currently you'll find three categories of 3D Blu-ray discs available: kids' movies, National Geographic-type documentaries and films whose only saving grace is the fact that they are available in 3D.

Make sure to check Blu-ray discs before you purchase them - I ended up buying Monsters Vs. Aliens and National Geographic Sea Monsters from Amazon, but both were in red-and-green-glasses 3D (paper-and-cellophane glasses included), not shutter-glasses 3D. Check for a note or a sticker on the package that says you must have active-shutter glasses in order to view 3D content.

Children's movies currently available include Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Open Season and Disney's A Christmas Carol. A number of popular family movies will also be coming out in the next couple of months, including Coraline, Despicable Me and Legend of the Guardians. 3D TV seems to have been invented for colourful, Pixar-like animation, so I recommend checking out these films (even if you're over the age of 12).

Also, you might want to consider a couple of 'it's-not-my-place-to-judge-but-they're-bad movies'- such as Clash of the Titans, Step Up 3D and Resident Evil: Afterlife - that at least some people will enjoy.

3D broadcast channels
Currently, the only broadcaster in the UK to offer a dedicated 3D TV service that offers more than just movies on demand is Sky. The dedicated channel, which began broadcasting on October 1, shows a host of live sports in 3D as well as arts and entertainment programmes. However, its only available to viewers with a Sky HD box that subscribe to the broadcaster's top channels.

Virgin Media and BT Vision both offer their own 3D Movies on demand service, although users will need to subscribe to the relevant TV service to access these.

Show off!

Phew, that was easy, right? All you had to do was purchase a bunch of active-shutter glasses, hunt down hard-to-find 3D Blu-ray discs, rearrange your entire living room, and make it through a calibration disc while wearing the shutter glasses. No sweat! Now it's time to sit back and enjoy your new, perfectly calibrated 3D HDTV with as many friends as you could afford to buy shutter glasses for.

See also: The truth about 3D: Is it really ready?

  1. Present your 3D HDTV in the best way possible
  2. Grab some glasses
  3. Calibrate your TV
  4. What to watch
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