3D Blu-Ray Exclusives What To Do?
So what’s with all of the 3D Blu-Ray Exclusives? As consumers we don’t want to be limited in any way as to what we can and cannot purchase. It’s already bad enough that Movies and TV Shows have region locks and that we have to deal with PAL and NTSC issues… When HD first hit the market we had to deal with 2 formats, one being HD-DVD and the other Blu-Ray. Finally the battle between the 2 formats has come to an end only to start a new one.
You may or may not have seen the latest TV’s from manufactures such as Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, etc… which feature 3D capabilities with special 3D glasses. As a result, Blu-Ray is now releasing select titles in 3D which is great. It’s almost like watching 3D in at the theater using their RealD technology. The 3D quality is really amazing although there is one major issue. The issue is that because these TV manufacturers are trying to push their 3D technology into the homes of consumers they have entered into exclusive contracts with some of the Movie Studios. What does that mean for us? That means that if Samsung has an exclusive with Dreamworks for Shrek 1, Shrek 2 and Shrek 3 then most likely you will have to purchase a special Samsung bundle to include the TV, Glasses and Blu-Ray player in order to get these titles.
From what I’ve been hearing, Avatar 3D is to be exclusive to Panasonic and will be released in early December 2010. What’s worse is that I’ve even seen that some titles will be released exclusively to Best Buy. So not only are manufacturers and Movie Studios trying to dictate the brand of hardware but also which store you have to purchase the Movies from.
In my opinion, this is all a bunch of crap. If you want to push 3D, then work together and stop competing, consumers will eventually buy the brand that they like but going into all these exclusive deals with studios is only going to slow down the adoption of 3D to the general public.
I myself own a Samsung 3D TV and I love it, I bought the bundle at Best Buy along with 2 pairs of glasses and a 3D Blu-Ray Player. The bundle also included Monsters Vs. Aliens which I believe was a Samsung exclusive at the time. I also purchased Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Both movies look excellent in 3D.
More then 2 months have passed since I purchased my 3D TV and the only other movie I have been able to purchase because of exclusives has been Monster House. I really want to get Alice in Wonderland, Clash of the Titans, Shrek 1, 2 and 3, Avatar, The Last Airbender, etc… but most of these if not all will be exclusive to some manufacturer and will not be on the shelves for individual sale until a few months down the road. That’s the reward you end up with after paying thousands of dollars for a 3D setup.
Well… sometimes you just have to take matters into your own hands. At the end of the week I will posting about how to get around the Exclusive BS and get all of the 3D titles that are currently available. Although they will not be in Blu-Ray format, they will be HD, 3D, and you will be able to play them on your 3D TV.
So right now as it stands, I am giving a big middle finger to Samsung, Sony, Panasonic and Hollywood as well as whoever else thinks that they can control what the consumer will purchase.
One last thing I’d like to say to my readers… Don’t buy your 3D setup based on the available titles, they will eventually be released for sale on the shelves. Always buy based on quality or budget.
Have you recently purchased a 3D setup? What brand did you get? What movies have you seen? How do you feel about all the exclusive deals?
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