Tried my first 3D movie on my TV. Now I know why it never made it.

First I tried the Apple TV 2, an old 720p version, sending it to my Samsung F8000 TV. The TV asked me if the image was encoded side-by-side or over-under. I selected over-under, turned on the glasses and it worked—sort of. I had to flip the L-R polarity first, then I cranked up the brightness to Dynamic to offset the glass’ filter and that each eye was only seeing half the total brightness.

Next I tried using the Plex app that runs directly on the Samsung TV’s so-called SmartHub (although there’s nothing smart about it). It didn’t even know the video was in 3D so there was no way to set the display correctly.

I know for certaint that non-techie people would never figure this out. Maybe if all they had to do was pop in a Blu-ray disc and the player and TV sorted everything out, fine.

But with having to select the 3D mode, adjust brightness, turn on the glasses, flip the polarity, and this only works with the Apple TV and not Samsung’s app, well, this crapola is not for mortals.

One last thing. Samsung’s active 3D glasses use CR2025 batteries. I’ve only played with one set of glasses and already the battery is nearly dead while sitting in the box since February. Never buy replacement batteries from The Source (a Bell company). They charge 5-10 times the price you can order online from

Author: Tom

Destroyer of software. If I haven't tested it, it hasn't been tested.

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