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April 15, 2010

Samsung issues warnings about 3-D TV

Posted: 11:12 AM ET

Pregnant women, drunk people and "those who are sleep deprived" should not watch 3-D television because of potential health issues, electronics manufacturer Samsung says on its Web site.

The company also says people at risk for stroke or epileptic seizures should consult a medical professional before watching TV in three dimensions.

Samsung and Panasonic began selling the first 3-D TVs in the U.S. last month.

The warnings come as other TV manufacturers are set to debut 3-D home entertainment systems this year. When watching 3-D TV, users wear special glasses with lenses that open and close rapidly to produce an image that appears to leap off of the screen.

Some of Samsung's warnings apply to everyone:

"Viewing 3D television may also cause motion sickness, perceptual after effects, disorientation, eye strain and decreased postural stability," the Web site message says. "It is recommended that users take frequent breaks to lessen the potential of these effects. If your eyes show signs of fatigue or dryness or if you have any of the above symptoms, immediately discontinue use of this device and do not resume using it for at least thirty minutes after the symptoms have subsided."

The TV maker also says wearing its 3-D glasses in normal situations, when you're not watching 3-D TV, "may be physically harmful to you and may weaken your eyesight."

The warning suggests that some 3-D TV viewers could become so disoriented that they could fall and hurt themselves:

"Viewing in 3-D may cause disorientation for some viewers," the warning says. "Accordingly, DO NOT place your TV television near open stairwells, cables, balconies, or other objects that can be tripped over, run into, knocked down, broken or fallen over."

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Ben   April 15th, 2010 11:29 am ET

Its nice to know that they r going to be putting out labels. But thats not going to stop me from getting a 3-D TV.

Scott Clark   April 15th, 2010 11:35 am ET

So now the third dimension is a health risk. Great, that's just great. Next thing you know time will be responsible for old age and certain death.

Smith from Nigeria   April 15th, 2010 11:56 am ET

What is the need of Samsung producing 3-D TVs in the 1st place, now that they know it has so many side effect on human being, i think they should stop selling it out to the public to make use of. They should stop them now before people that dont know get effected by it.

Chris   April 15th, 2010 11:57 am ET

Is there anything out there nowadays that doesn't pose some sort of health risk?

Dan   April 15th, 2010 12:23 pm ET

Scott Clark...that is a very ignorant thing to say...

So people with health conditions shouldn't be notified of the life treatening problems?

Here is an idea, why don't you stop thinking about yourself for one minute, just one minute...

Steve   April 15th, 2010 12:26 pm ET

Its not that the third dimension is a health risk, you see in 3-D all the time (at least I would hope so). It is the layering of a 3-D image over your eyes, which are already stereoscopic...

3-D may be the next step but really, I dont think TV is ready. Hell, it took 6 years just to get the companies to agree to the roll-out of HD.

Soundwave_and_buzzsaw   April 15th, 2010 12:30 pm ET

Dan, I think I can speak for Scott Clark when I say... Get a sense of humor. It was obviously said to be humorous.

So just for you...

Warning. Not having a sense of humor can cause you to post stupid comments on blogs.

Steve   April 15th, 2010 12:32 pm ET

I think the true health risk lies in being an idiot, not the Samsung TV! Drinking water can be a health risk if you do so by submerging your head in a bucket of water for long periods of time. It's not the product, it's using a normal product in an abnormal way.

jesse   April 15th, 2010 12:32 pm ET

I got a On point that i want to talk about and that does not concern only 3D Technology but New wave of technology. It very beautiful and nice having those new technology at home but there are so many side effects of it that when they are sold,manufacture and suppliers along with sales persons do not say or talk about....People for anything you are buying nowadays! becareful...No wonder we're having brain cancer and so many other diseases uncured up to now...

rondog   April 15th, 2010 12:33 pm ET

responding to: 'smith from nigeria'

smith, obviously you're totally ignorant about television. there's been a warning for several years about having small children watching TV too young as it may cause ADD. if you haven't noticed... children's programming switches views every two seconds as to keep the childs attention.. hence the reason for the warning about ADD..

Additionally, "ALL" television manufactures will be producing 3-D televisions and 3-D TV will be the 'norm' within 3 years. i'm sure that warnings will be placed within the users guide.

and by the way.. don't breath air, or drink water as both may cause cancer... :)


Mark   April 15th, 2010 12:38 pm ET

After all this info. I better switch my own vision to 2D, because seeing in 3D if harmful to those who are born with it. It will cause our death, eventually. Do not drink, drive, and see in 3D!

pBrane   April 15th, 2010 12:40 pm ET

I absolutely cannot imagine why anybody would get a 3D TV yet. The technology isn't standardized, there are only a handful of things to watch in 3D... oh yeah and Samsung says it will suck out your brain :)

"We make 3D TVs... don't watch for more than a few minutes at a time, beware of stroke, seizure and low gravity effects."

B REAL   April 15th, 2010 12:42 pm ET

This is just a Samsung CYA.
" We make awesome TV's...but dont sue us if you get hurt using them."

The Dude   April 15th, 2010 12:47 pm ET

"The company also says people at risk for stroke or epileptic seizures should consult a medical professional before watching TV in three dimensions."

Seriously? Because medical professionals are trained on the dangers of 3-D television entertainment.

Thanks for passing over the buck guys.

Aaron   April 15th, 2010 12:51 pm ET

Until the TV is flat and sits like a coffee table projectiong a 3D image on top of it without requiring the stupid glasses I have no interest in this very lame technology.

Ryan   April 15th, 2010 12:52 pm ET

Scott, actually its the fourth dimension that is responsible for old age.

Ezra   April 15th, 2010 12:54 pm ET

Whatever... I'm holding out for 4-D

Elizabeth   April 15th, 2010 1:02 pm ET

Are 3-D TV related health injuries covered under the Obama healthcare????

citizenUSA   April 15th, 2010 1:04 pm ET

Can anyone explain why the TV glasses have to be different than the ones used in movie theaters? I never heard of any problems there. Thanks.

Steve   April 15th, 2010 1:05 pm ET

3-D television is just like shoving a live gerbil up your butt. Just because it's possible to do it, doesn't make it a good idea.

Brian   April 15th, 2010 1:07 pm ET

Danger: If you are alive and breathing, you are at significant risk of death. Experts agree that your chances of death from living are 100%. To avoid the risk of death, you should immediately cease living.

Fred   April 15th, 2010 1:10 pm ET

Somebody is going to get a Civil Suit one day.

Michael   April 15th, 2010 1:12 pm ET

I told myself I'd hold out for Blu-Ray until "Avatar" was released. Since that'll be 22 Apr, I'll buck up (intentional play on words) sooner than I expected. Will I get a 3D ready player and a 3D TV? Hell yes. There is already 3D content available and stations (ESPN, for example) that are planning on 3D telecasts. So, is 3D harmful to my health? Probably no more than thinking I can sing after mass consumption or hitting on another's lady. Face it folks, everything we like, want or need is either illegal, immoral or fattening and everything leads to death. Sad, that ...

Matt   April 15th, 2010 1:12 pm ET

Responding to rondog

Rondog, obviously you are totally ignorant of your own ignorance, judging by your completely asinine and factually inaccurate response.

There is no warning on televisions, nor has there ever been, that the use of the product may lead to the development of ADHD in children. In fact, there aren't even peer reviewed studies that have conclusively proven that to be the case. Furthermore, the entire reason for these warnings is to avoid potential civil liability later when the intended use of the product results in an injury of the type warned against. There is absolutely no way to prove that a child gradually developed ADHD due to their viewing children's programming on the television. Even if you could prove that, the liability wouldn't be on the television manufacturer, it would be on the producer of the programming.

3d TV will not be the standard within 3 years. There are far too many practical concerns and hurdles that will slow adoption of the technology, not the least of which is the fact that in addition to the actual TV, customers will have to fork over $200+ for a pair of automatically shuttering glasses for each person that wants to be able to watch the TV simultaneously.

and by the way, don't breathe air or drink water, as both resources would be better used on someone else.

3D Games On a PS3 Near You Very Soon   April 15th, 2010 1:16 pm ET

[...] No big deal, right?  Just make sure you're not pregnant, drunk and/or  "sleep deprived" when playing those cool 3D games as Samsung  warns against it. [...]

sam   April 15th, 2010 1:20 pm ET

Great, now TV ads will look something like Pharm ads

Davidhawthorne   April 15th, 2010 1:22 pm ET

If these concerns are "genuine" (and not just a 'legal vaccination') then why would parents expose their children to risk? Where is Consumer Protection? FCC? (Granted -it seems related to "flickering" and not "rf" emissions, but still -developmental risk to unsupervised children seems severe. But would you sit your child in front of a strobe light for hours at a time?

Duane in Fremont   April 15th, 2010 1:23 pm ET

Do not (yet) buy a 3-D TV people. They already have the technology to make 3-D TVs that you do not need to use glasses, it's just finalized yet. Give it anywhere from 2-3 years and those new TVs will be out (this from David Pogue the NY Times Tech writer). They are already developing computer monitors in 3D also.

Troyzkoi   April 15th, 2010 1:24 pm ET

Most things are good in moderations, so I believe that 3-D has it's place. I've yet to experience it other than wathcing a 3-D movie at an amusement park in the 80's on a huge screen. I think it would be pretty funny to watch drunk people trip over each other and get sick while watching 3-D, just more comedy.

punterjoe   April 15th, 2010 1:27 pm ET

They neglected to mention – do not place 3DTV (henceforth referred to as "TVtelevision" ) next to open wells, mineshafts or roof ledges.
Just being thorough. Liability is a slippery slope – even in 2 dimensions. ;)

Duane in Fremont   April 15th, 2010 1:27 pm ET

I meant, "it's just NOT finalized yet"

Spike   April 15th, 2010 1:29 pm ET

Clue – the entire world is in 3-D. So why not turn off the stupid machine and go outside? Have a conversation? Maybe even read a book / mag / newspaper? Your fat ass may appreciate it.

Jdub   April 15th, 2010 1:33 pm ET

With all the "sue-happy" people out there, they have no choice but to get ridiculous with warnings these days.

Jason   April 15th, 2010 1:37 pm ET

It's not Samsung's fault that they are putting these warnings out there. Blame those who are irresponsible enough to injure themselves, then hire a lawyer to sue the manufacturer for not warning them that they could injure themselves.

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AJ   April 15th, 2010 1:45 pm ET

Who wants to sit in front of a television wearing a pair of uncomfortable, stupid-looking glasses anyways? I don't even like watching 3D movies. Too dark and not worth the extra money. I, for one, will not be buying a 3D TV.

James M.   April 15th, 2010 1:52 pm ET

First off, I am fine with them making 3D TVs. But the glasses that Samsung and Panasonic will be using will cause eye strain, and therefore I will not buy from them. If they can make 3D video game screens where you don't need glasses at all, why bother making new TVs that do need them? It's a waste of money, like Duane in Fremont said, "Give it anywhere from 2-3 years and those new TVs will be out."

lomoni13   April 15th, 2010 1:59 pm ET

Manufacturers of 3-D TV's should make sure that, the 3-D GLASSES are packaged along wit the tv set. At least it will be better for customers.

woodywood   April 15th, 2010 2:03 pm ET

If you want more info on 3 D. Type in howstuffworks all one word at google.

Michael   April 15th, 2010 2:04 pm ET

Scott, it's the 4th diminution they are adding, we already have time. ;) Ok I grew up watching Dr Who, I admit it.

jeremy   April 15th, 2010 2:05 pm ET

1) aren't those the same side effects of drinking?

2) theres already 3d entertainment, its called "outside".

Papa_K   April 15th, 2010 2:06 pm ET

My two cents on this after viewing one of the demos. 3D in not ready for prime time. When you have to use glasses to view it, it can't be ready for prime time. It's a great idea but it's not ready for in house use.

I think they tried to leap forward to fast with this technology and were not ready for it. I think they thought the demand they created was greater than than their thought. If only the car companies would think this far in advance.

Too many different proprietary technologies, not enough realistic 3D.

They should can this till they have something ready. This is not ready.

Viva   April 15th, 2010 2:06 pm ET

Y'all are assuming that there is something worthwhile to watch in 3-D!
Actually, 3-D movies/shows are a waste of time, IMO.

James M.   April 15th, 2010 2:07 pm ET

TO CITIZENUSA: The reason these glasses will cause eye strain and other side effects is that they will "open and close rapidly to produce an image that appears to leap off of the screen." The normal - and safer - 3D glasses that we're used to don't do this.

TO EVERYONE: These TVs are just a way for Samsung and Panasonic to sell some cheap products before the better ones come out.

Fran   April 15th, 2010 2:08 pm ET

I don't need a warning to not watch 3-D. I all ready know that I can't watch 3-D w/o becoming ill. I don't go to the movies and watch 3-D because I suffer from vertigo as it is so why put myself through this?

That said, so many people are finding that they have trouble watching 3-D for various reasons, unfortunately they found out the hard way by going to the movies and attempting to watch a movie in 3-D then becoming ill. They didn't know that watching a 3-D movie would harm them in anyway.

The same thing can happen if they buy a 3-D TV and don't know they can't watch 3-D. Yes, there will be people who will do this, they are not irresponsible, they just never bothered going to a 3-D movie in the theater. Then again, you will have those who have gone to the theater and were not effected there but will be at home. Thus the warning, yes it cya, but it is the right thing to do.

What Makes You Think I'm Not   April 15th, 2010 2:09 pm ET

[...] I've previously remarked about the goofy glasses. Imagine my lack of surprise when I saw over on CNN that Samsung had issued this [...]

Jim   April 15th, 2010 2:09 pm ET

Guess we will have to put seatbelts on our couches and lazy boy's.

Aztrazolo   April 15th, 2010 2:09 pm ET

******What is the need of Samsung producing 3-D TVs in the 1st place, now that they know it has so many side effect on human being, i think they should stop selling it out to the public to make use of. They should stop them now before people that dont know get effected by it.******

Should they stop making Carnival rides too? Not everything is appropriate for everyone. The warning they are issuing is to protect them in this generation that make up in litigation for what they lack in common sense. There is not an epidemic of hospital admission from interactions with 3D TV's. Obviously there is no "need." There is no need for TV at all. Or computers. Or cell phones. But we like to be entertained and we like convenience.

EMF Radiation   April 15th, 2010 2:10 pm ET

Don't forget there is also electrical current running through the Glasses.

I wouldn't sit and watch hours or 3DTV with EMF radiation emitting through my skull.

Steve R   April 15th, 2010 2:11 pm ET

I find movies in 3d annoying, and as an Optometrist let me tell you that the warning that wearing the glasses when not watching 3d will cause eyestrain, but not "hurt" your eyes, only increase dryness and nystagmus.I cannot see how 3d will make a good movie better, but it will be used to sell sensational action movies and kid's junk. A real movie with plot and acting doesn't even require color, just a decent attention span. it's a gimmick to get parents to invest in more electronics because their kids demand it. We're not buying. Remember QUADROPHINC Audio?? I expect 3d will follow it into oblivion

Mia   April 15th, 2010 2:11 pm ET

3 words... WASTE OF MONEY ...

Guest   April 15th, 2010 2:11 pm ET

Looks like they have listed all the health problems there.. What else?

psuath   April 15th, 2010 2:12 pm ET

Ryan: if you would have looked, Scott mentioned time as the cause of old age/death. and in the conventional naming of the dimensions, the 4th dimension is time, the first 3 are spatial, the fourth being temporal.

The Dude: I would guess that medical professionals would be aware of how different visual stimuli can cause problems in patients suffering from those illnesses. sure they may not understand how 3-d tv works, but they should be able to understand the general concept and then decide if it would cause a patient to have problems.

Bill Drendel   April 15th, 2010 2:12 pm ET

All the TV manufacturers should put a warning on their sets:

Watching TV can waste your short precious life away.

Bill Drendel   April 15th, 2010 2:13 pm ET

All of the TV manufacturers should put a warning on all of their sets:

Watching TV can waste your life away.

Dave   April 15th, 2010 2:14 pm ET

So, if you have these side affects will Samsung let you retiurn the TV and give back your money. MMMM I don't think so.

Dave   April 15th, 2010 2:14 pm ET

Regarding Steve's earlier comment about the human eyes be naturally stereoscopic, I suspect the problem is the design of the 3D TV and glasses itself. Your eyes and brain are designed to handle visual signals coming in simultaneously and constantly from both eyes. The glasses are conatantly flipping from one to the other – left, right, left, rught, While this tricks your brain into interpreting it as a #D image, it definitely is screwing around with the normal visual circuitry, too. That can't work out well in the long run.

davefromthefuture   April 15th, 2010 2:14 pm ET

Dan– don't post responses to comments you don't understand.
Scott Clark and Soundwave– I appreciate the humor.

As a person who wears glasses, I just don't get how I am supposed to wear special glasses on top of the ones I actually need to see. So 3D does not impress me. I get plenty of the 3rd dimension by turning off the TV.

Harrison   April 15th, 2010 2:15 pm ET

First off, the warning is there to protect Samsung of potential liability if someone watching their tv gets hurt or damages their own property.

Secondly, to "Smith from Nigeria" and all others talking about how potentially unsafe this technology is, get a life people. You all point out how Samsung's warning says it may cause eye strain and disorientation and risk of seizure, so naturally I am guessing none of you have ever played a video game in your life. Every video game sold has a similar warning that it can cause eye strain, disorientation and possibly seizures.

The point is, these tv's are being produced for company profits. They wouldn't sell them if they made no money on them. Believe it or not, they didn't design them for our enjoyment, but rather to make money. They have to put warnings on the product, just like a video game and on your car's airbags, to prevent liability. You tightwads should stop going out in the sun because it causes cancer as someone else stated. While your at it, stop eating food out of a can, don't drink alcohol, hell, don't even attempt to go outside if you live in an urban area. All are proven to be more dangerous than 3-d televisions.

JACKO   April 15th, 2010 2:15 pm ET

Fox news just reported it is not the glasses that cause eyestrain. It is Obama.

Jeffery Bradley   April 15th, 2010 2:17 pm ET

Now how long did it take the tobacco companies to admit "cigarettes" do KILL!!! So, do you actually believe television is going to reveal it "real" effects on human beings. Every thoughts, words, and suggestions most of you are making are all based on programming from TV. Even the belief that it causes no harm ... the next time you sit in front of a televison for 4 hrs ... ask yourself, what exactly did you do for those 4 hours (Zombied out). As a side note .. 4 hours of TV everyday is 12 years of precious life.

Harrison   April 15th, 2010 2:20 pm ET

Oh...and by the way, here is a warning:

Typing on your keyboard causes carpal tunnel syndrome and your computer monitor causes unnecessary eye strain as well. So stop using your computers as they are potentially unsafe too.

Jason   April 15th, 2010 2:20 pm ET

At Spike – Yes. My fat ass might like sitting around reading a book / mag / newspaper and not exercising.

At EMF – I bet you don't use a cell phone, bluetooth, microwave or anything else do you?

Mike   April 15th, 2010 2:20 pm ET

My 2-D Samsung LCD TV died in less than a year. After 2 months in the repair shop they finally admitted they don't have any parts to repair them and gave me a new TV. Luckily this happened before their incredibly short warranty ran out. They claim their products will last for years, but they don't back it up with a warranty. It's not just them, all TV manufacturers have the same problem. If their stuff lasts so long then why won't they back it up? I'm sure 3-D TV's will be just as bad.

Joe   April 15th, 2010 2:21 pm ET

I am pretty confident that 3-D TV will be the norm in the future, or at least a 3-D TV that can switch from a normal TV to a 3-D TV for special shows or movies. That being said, i would (and will) wait a few years before acquiring one. I would want them to iron out all the wrinkles and i want to make sure that a couple of years down the line someone doesn't realize that it causes glaucoma or eye cancer or something similar. I'll let other people swim in the water first. Once i see there are no sharks around, then I'll jump in too.

dirk diggler   April 15th, 2010 2:22 pm ET

I was sitting on my patio in machesney park il enjoying some refreshmnets and it flew right over my trailer. There was a lot of light like a giant laser beam and it made a loud booming sound... I jumped up out of my seat and dove underneath my trailer yelling take cover to my wife and kids! The next thing i know my wife is pullin my legs yellin at me to get out from underneath the trailer. Her and the kids didn't see a thing

Sue   April 15th, 2010 2:22 pm ET

Here come a truckload of lawsuits over children with ruined eyesight! Parents are way too lazy nowadays to pay attention to those warnings, especially the ones that use TV as babysitters to avoid having to pay attention to their kids. I saw Avatar in 3D but frankly I would have enjoyed it just as much in 2D and found the 3D to be a distraction from the storyline and action. I hope this doesn't mean that they won't make anything but 3D TV sets now. I don't want to be forced to buy one. I don't want to be bothered having to wear special glasses, especially if I'm watching in bed before I go to sleep.

JES   April 15th, 2010 2:23 pm ET

Yea! That warning should get the prices of the 3D sets lower and more afforadable!

jsw   April 15th, 2010 2:23 pm ET

from what heard and knopw people in the business.
none are close to a real 3D experience like say in a real 'imax 3D'
(which is clearly different from 3D not in imax in theatres)

Of the three major players in 3D HDTV Panasonic while not nearly as nice of ultra slim form factor as Sony & Samsung but does indeed create the most realistic 3D effect. (also least negitive effect)

note panasonic has both plasma as well as lcd, and each model
has different refresh rates. There will be three 3D models from them, but the best one is the higher end unit.

J   April 15th, 2010 2:24 pm ET


Reading a book every once in a while will actually give your brain some life or teach you how to use it properly instead of pewing out "quotes" and "sayings" you memorized from watching to much TV. Which character are you trying to be .. is it Joey from "Friends"

blindman   April 15th, 2010 2:25 pm ET

why do they have to go with active technology when theatres no longer do it that way? I've been to some active 3d imax presentations like 10 years ago and they gave me headaches ; and they weren't even feature length films yet.

OMDUSA   April 15th, 2010 2:26 pm ET

So, 3D TV improves the quality of your TV viewing experience by robbing you of your normal viewing experience.

Richard   April 15th, 2010 2:27 pm ET

(chuckling) Why would we expect someone who blows their money on this silly toy to care about or read a health warning.

yeah um   April 15th, 2010 2:28 pm ET

Warning: Wearing glasses while watch T.V. may cause Blindess

xine   April 15th, 2010 2:28 pm ET

to smith from nigeria...and any others who don't get commerce....

ever hear how some people get injured or killed by use of a gun?

Buckaroo Bonzai   April 15th, 2010 2:29 pm ET

Pshhht. I've been to the 8th dimension. That's a full 5 dimensions more for those counting at home. At the time I was playing a sweet riff on my guitar, wielding a katana, and looking very svelte for the ladies.

And, yes, I was being chased by a maniacal scientist and inter-dimensional beings. But I'm not holding a grudge.

Anyway, I think I got on a tangent. This 3D TV thing seems cool.

Karin   April 15th, 2010 2:29 pm ET

3D TV – because we just aren't fat enough yet.

bob   April 15th, 2010 2:30 pm ET

drnuk poeple lol

Sorhab   April 15th, 2010 2:31 pm ET

"the dude"

Yes, they are. If you are current with any kind of issue like this...I can only assume you think you are because of your comment. There have been warnings like this on online game playing since 2001. So yes, they know something about it.


Funny thing is they about all these side effects but held off on saying anything about till about a month of heavy month of inflated prices and sales.

If your telling me they didnt test these things out before hand and that the CEO of Samsung hasnt had one in his house for a few months prior, your as ignorant as anyone can get.

James   April 15th, 2010 2:31 pm ET

I have a 3D tv with the shutter glasses. It's amazing how real everything looks if you turn the lights off and sit 8 feet away and centered on the screen.

Postal   April 15th, 2010 2:33 pm ET

"Smith from Nigeria April 15th, 2010 11:56 am ET

What is the need of Samsung producing 3-D TVs in the 1st place, now that they know it has so many side effect on human being, i think they should stop selling it out to the public to make use of. They should stop them now before people that dont know get effected by it."

Did you know that the device you are posting this on has the potential to cause back strain, eye strain, carpal tunnel syndrome and joint issues, as well as lack of sleep? ;-)

Cathie   April 15th, 2010 2:38 pm ET

These posts are HILARIOUS!!!

As someone who suffers from severe migraines, I cannot watch 3-D movies (or TV). I watched one 3-D movie and started getting a migraine within 10 minutes.

Technology is great, but some things simply aren't necessary. Save the 3-D for the movies.

James   April 15th, 2010 2:40 pm ET

The glasses you wear at home are different from the ones at the theater because at the theater, the left and right images are being polarized as they leave the projector. The left image is polarized one way and the right image is polarized another way. The glasses at the theater are designed to filter out the images according to their polarization. The left lens on the glasses filters out the right image so that the left eye only sees the left image. The right lens does the same thing with the left images so that the right eye only sees the right image. The left and right images are flashed before your eyes back and forth 144 times a second. The rate is so high that your eyes don't see the flicker..... At home, the tv does not polarize the left and right images coming out. They are simply coming on in rapid succession; left right left right left right....... The glasses that you wear at home actually blacken out and block the vision of each eye in succession in sync with the screen images so that the left eye only sees the left image and the right eye only sees the right image. This happens 120 times a second or faster depending on the tv technology. I hope that helps.......

Attica   April 15th, 2010 2:41 pm ET

i cant wait for these to be recalled when viewers eyes start to melt

cpacol   April 15th, 2010 2:42 pm ET

so what do you think the medical professional will tell you if you suffer from the side effects? stop watching 3d tv.. the take away here is make sure you know the return policy of your tv

Greg   April 15th, 2010 2:44 pm ET

I won't have to worry about this. Because of the way my eyes are - I see primarily out of one or the other, not both - 3D does not work for me. So I will just stick to good ol' HD.

Ken   April 15th, 2010 2:46 pm ET

They forgot to add in the warning about "Do not operate heavy machinery or drive while wearing the 3-D glasses". Come on, you know someone is going to do it, get in an accident, and then sue as there was no warning..... Oh, and they should add "3-D glasses are not protective eyewear and should not be used in lieue of protective eyewear". Again some fool will use them instead of safety googles when doing some remodeling in the home, and accident will happen, and .....

bob   April 15th, 2010 2:47 pm ET

"Can anyone explain why the TV glasses have to be different than the ones used in movie theaters? I never heard of any problems there. Thanks."

there are three types of 3D in use. current home televisions use colored lenses. theaters used polarized lenses (one vertical, one horizontal = two projection sources which is why you can't use theater glasses at home). imax 3D and others use lcd shutters over each eye that flicker off and on.

the least eye strain is from the polarized lenses. the other two mess with they eyes due to the different colors or flickering of the lcd shutters. the multi-color/lcd glasses also make the video dimmer.

Ray in L.A.   April 15th, 2010 2:47 pm ET

I actually think that this is very responsible of Samsung. We often don't hear about the potential harmful effects of technology until months or years later. It's nice to see that they are trying to get the message out early. Ultimately, it won't stop me from buying a 3-D TV and now I know how to handle things if I exhibit any of the warning signs they mentioned. Good job, Samsung! As a reward for being up front about this I'll buy your 3-D TV later this year when I'm ready to purchase.

Liz   April 15th, 2010 2:47 pm ET

I have a samsung HDTV and it broke twice in two years. I'm not buying from samsung again. I bet their 3d TV's will have all sorts of problems in the beginning.

Greg   April 15th, 2010 2:47 pm ET

3D viewing can also cause cancer! (that's a joke Dan)

Jason   April 15th, 2010 2:49 pm ET

I'm sure the warnings are an overstatement of the reality, in that its more of a lets cover the bases legally more than anything. If they didn't issue this warning, I'm sure we would be seeing someone suing Samsung for there Nauseous condition.

Dexter   April 15th, 2010 2:51 pm ET

Check it out...3D Reality'll never need to leave the house again. You can sit at home, weigh 800lbs and watch reruns of The Apprentice and Dancing With The Stars until your heart literally explodes...

RIchP Pa   April 15th, 2010 2:52 pm ET

Not worried, just bought a 50" panasonic plasma in November with a 5 year bumper to bumper warranty. I have no plans on replacing it or the blue ray player I got with it for at least that long, though the players do tend to die fairly quickly in my experience.
While I did enjoy Avatar in 3d as well as Alice they were both very subtle and well done, I'm not into the 'shark/Piranha/whoopi Goldberg jumping at your face' every other scene just to shock you.

esmilio   April 15th, 2010 2:53 pm ET

Scott Clark,

Silly goose, we already have a cause for old age and death. Its called birth.

Chaz   April 15th, 2010 2:54 pm ET

I won't try it... anything that forces your body to behave in a manner that isn't natural... eg viewing a 2 dimensional image in 3 dimensions... is probably not a good idea.

My friend has tried it (he works setting up high end AV systems) He claimed his eyes hurt for hours afterwards and refuses to recommend them to customers.

bob   April 15th, 2010 2:54 pm ET

Also, please be advised that images that look 3D are NOT ACTUALLY THREE DIMENSIONAL.

David Dillon   April 15th, 2010 2:56 pm ET

I'm all for progress, but these innovations come just too fast. I still haven't gotten an LED tv yet. Gone are the days when one could buy a new piece of equipment and be satisfied for months or years that it was the newest technology. 3-D tv sounds nice, but I think wearing the glasses day after day will get old.

GoRobGo   April 15th, 2010 2:57 pm ET

WHAT!?! I can't watch my 3-D TV on the balcony while I'm drunk and pregnant?!? That's it. I'm sticking to Shrek 3 on my driver's-side LCD screen.

Shrike   April 15th, 2010 2:58 pm ET

I don't know if anyone has made this observation yet and I certainly don't feel like reading older posts, but considering that humans see and operate in 3d why is it hazardous for us to watch 3d?

Steve   April 15th, 2010 2:59 pm ET

30 years from now we will be seeing litigation against television manufacturers for health issues, which will result in more ads from "the Truth" campaign saying how execs knew the health issues and shredded information, embedded subliminal messages to prompt viewers to watch more....

Hid Hisam   April 15th, 2010 2:59 pm ET

Why 3d tv a la goggles? This is blatant forced recycling for "Avatar". Wait for a non goggle version of 3d tv instead or better yet a virtual viewing system similar to the "Matrix". Besides 2d is almost 3d if filmed right with high f stops above f16 as an examples. 3d effect only occurs realistically if depth of field is done with two well focused eyes working in unision and if one eyed, much more difficult and trickier to watch.
3d tv without goggles is easy only with laser holographic television systems and LCD if multilayered to do the same effect.
At 60 frames a second, the 3d effect can be done on a regular tv with offset images.
There is also a special add on to ipod viewers and bigger to self correct the 3d effect for normal viewing and should be improved on for newer tv's later.

Shrike   April 15th, 2010 3:00 pm ET

nevermind. i already lost interest.

Guest   April 15th, 2010 3:00 pm ET

Symptoms may include nauseau, vomitting, headaches, fever, mild swelling, indigestion, etc. etc. What are these? Some sci-fi vitamins?

LURKER   April 15th, 2010 3:02 pm ET

didnt this happen years ago with those paper/cellafain glass you got when 3D movies first came out

history does repeat itself

Griff   April 15th, 2010 3:02 pm ET

Wonderful! Now we can get physically ill from the crap on TV...wait, there's nothing new about that...

Nelson   April 15th, 2010 3:02 pm ET

– Postal- As coincidental as it may sound, reading all of these comments in a row does have my eyes feeling a little bit strained. If 3D-TV has this same effect, one would only be able to handle watching one movie per day. That begs the question... What will the couch potatoes who own a 3D-TV do for the rest of the day? They will watch another movie, and be yet another reason why Samsung needs warning labels for the TVs in the first place.

Mary   April 15th, 2010 3:04 pm ET

I easily get motion sick if I read in a car or bus or ride a carnival ride. And forget boating. Knowing this I avoid 3-D movies. The prospect of TV going all 3-D has me a bit concerned. I am glad to know that I am not the only one who suffers from this so I have hope they will find a way to keep TV also in 2-D. Otherwise I guess I will have to switch to listening to the radio.

proczach   April 15th, 2010 3:11 pm ET

3D can induce peristalsis leading to more bowel movements.

cosanostra   April 15th, 2010 3:12 pm ET


Trystan Greenfield   April 15th, 2010 3:12 pm ET

I can't wait! I watch a lot of different things, mainly movies from Vivid video. I've been waiting a long time for 3D. It'll make movie watching far more interesting! None of you have any idea how awesome this is going to be! Imagine watching some Ron Jeremy or Peter North action and all of the sudden *!!!!Bickity BAM!!!!* a money shot flies straight at you from your TV!!!! That's so cool!!!

You spoil sports just need to calm it down a notch or three and live a little!! This is going to be the hottest thing on earth and some of you are going to miss the love boat!!

Anonymous   April 15th, 2010 3:14 pm ET

I think the warning are self explanatory just like theme park rides. Those who shouldn't use or ride them are just plain stupid.

gina buffaloe   April 15th, 2010 3:16 pm ET

let me guess... it makes you suicidal as well. I can see it now "woman watches 3D movie then blows here brains out"... amazing:)

bubbu   April 15th, 2010 3:19 pm ET

Get back to work. No more idle chit-chat. Respect Tax Day and return to your cubicles immediately.
If you are already at your cubicle, then proceed with your tiresome work and be productive.

ED RAPPAPORT   April 15th, 2010 3:20 pm ET


Aaron Seattle   April 15th, 2010 3:23 pm ET

This story already makes my head hurt!

Valeriy   April 15th, 2010 3:23 pm ET

Bob, the glasses for this TV are different than the once in the movie theaters. The movie glasses use different light filters to split a specially combined single image into two separate images for each eye. A bit more than sunglasses (I'm making things simple) with different lenses.

The 3D TV glasses don't filter the light. Instead they flicker very fast. Left lens opens you see left eye picture. Right lens open – right eye picture. Your brain combines those flickering pictures (that are coming in alternate order) to combine a single image. Because the technology is different you may get a different on your eyes and different brain perception.

And this technology is definitely different from how your eyes and brain normally see the world – no blinking, no flickering, no alternating images – just a constant simultaneous image in both eyes from a different distance.

Will   April 15th, 2010 3:24 pm ET

So I'm supposed to walk around the house with some silly eye pieces? Cool idea and I loved avatar, but I'm beginning to question how practical this system really is...

cp   April 15th, 2010 3:25 pm ET

Okay, so I think 3D TV is great, but the Glasses got to go. Here's a great idea for someone to make a huge amount of cash. Invent non-subscription "eye contacts" that way you don't have to wear any glasses. This would allow the user to see 3D if there is a 3D source available like the Samsung TV. I see in the not so distant future, 3D will take over 2D, even on those advertising signs on the road. Imagine a big Truck on a Billboard staring right at you. Scary and great all at one. Just a thought to all you inventors out ther...

Nick C.   April 15th, 2010 3:26 pm ET

"DO NOT place your TV television near open stairwells, cables, balconies, or other objects that can be tripped over, run into, knocked down, broken or fallen over"

Damn. I was going to put my 3-D TV at the top of my stairway leading up to my balcony and run the wires right across the steps so I could watch 3-D TV while running with scissors and an electric hair dryer in my hands and jump into my pool...

Valeriy   April 15th, 2010 3:27 pm ET

Oh and the reason why the companies are rolling out those TV's that don't seem to be mature enough and don't provide a real value for the money – it's called becoming a Market Leader. Whoever is first to the market has a better chance to command it. Either by setting up the standards or by establishing association between the 3D TV and Samsung name. But it doesn't mean that the product would make any sense for most of the consumers.

Jonus   April 15th, 2010 3:27 pm ET

Smith from Nigeria April 15th, 2010 11:56 am ET

What is the need of Samsung producing 3-D TVs in the 1st place, now that they know it has so many side effect on human being, i think they should stop selling it out to the public to make use of. They should stop them now before people that dont know get effected by it.

mmm they make cigarettes don't they.

Lew   April 15th, 2010 3:27 pm ET

Flat screen, plasma, LCD,LED and now 3D soon 4D! Geez I have only have had Hi Def for a few years now these companies need to slow down seems like every six months they want you to buy something newer and better. The matrix is coming lol.

Bob Marsh   April 15th, 2010 3:31 pm ET

Send them to Afganistan.... Hand them out like candy.. Bin Laden will soon be stumbling across a street and we can drag his woozy butt back here....

Adam   April 15th, 2010 3:31 pm ET

I saw a young Kid have a seizure in the middle of Avatar. I fall asleep during 3-D movies even when I am not tired. Be very careful with children.

Greg   April 15th, 2010 3:34 pm ET

...drunk people...

Well I'm out....I always have a few while watching a movie :-P

junebugj   April 15th, 2010 3:34 pm ET

Way to soon to buy one of these. Like a Beta VCR. I'm waiting quite a while.

Dave   April 15th, 2010 3:35 pm ET

3-D tv is already obsolete – in ten years it will be a joke, like
the first cell phones that were the size of shoeboxes.

Holographic tv is where it's really at – but that's some time off. I'm not
going to waste money on buying a 3D tv.. I'm just fine with my 2D tv set for now.

junebugj   April 15th, 2010 3:36 pm ET

Nick C is funny.

TVGuy   April 15th, 2010 3:38 pm ET

They are just being smart, covering their bases to avoid being sued. It's too easy to sue in the US.

Pete   April 15th, 2010 3:39 pm ET

Great! Just what you needed a tv that not good for you LOL. Next thing you know we have mind control and addiction programing and we'll have a giant law suit.

junebugj   April 15th, 2010 3:39 pm ET

TVGuy, like not putting hot coffee between your legs. Our judicial system makes me sick.

Mitch   April 15th, 2010 3:42 pm ET

Motion sickness, perceptual after effects, disorientation, eye strain and decreased postural stability AND possible seizures. I think I'll pass. Call me when the holodecks come out.

missy   April 15th, 2010 3:43 pm ET

Three D TV , wow , i am somehow not amused , save it for the theatre from time to time, I am perfectly happy with my hi-def. And the guy who said the glasses will have a current going through them , is absolutely right , who wants an emf radiating from your nose to your skull ? And I certainly woulldn't want it for my kids either.
Why even put out this lame t.v ? As it is TV is bad enough if that is all you do is plop in front of it for hours at a time let alone this crap.!

Richie   April 15th, 2010 3:46 pm ET

People need to think twice about a 3D home TV purchase. If you get a 3D TV for $2400, a Blu-ray 3D capable player for another $300, you've already spent $2700. That will pay for your glasses to see 900 movies in the theater. At a movie a week, that's a little over 17 years worth of movie-watching that keeps up with the advancements in technology. If you wanted to keep up at home, you would need to buy even more equipment. I'm afraid that 3D television will be a fad, at best.

good2hear it   April 15th, 2010 3:48 pm ET

I'm glad Samsung is up front about this. 3D TV isn't for everyone and it's not like they don't make HDTVs as well. Let consumers make informed choices. I'd hate for someone to buy an epileptic or grandpa a 3DTV that causes them to hurt themselves. TV is about entertainment and to each their own.

Jeff   April 15th, 2010 3:49 pm ET

3d tv is made for high people plain and simple

Tim   April 15th, 2010 3:52 pm ET

Hey Steve R, yeah, that QUADROPHINC Audio sure went the way of the dodo. Now we only have 5 and 6 channel audio at home and 26 channel audio at the theater. Who needs QUADROPHINC anyway!

brad1001   April 15th, 2010 3:53 pm ET

As with many leading edge products, this is brought to the public "half baked" in order to get a revenue flow. Perhaps this serves as notice that the product needs work still.

Joe from Houston   April 15th, 2010 3:54 pm ET

This is just Samsung doing a little CYA from a legal standpoint. We've become so lawsuit happy that they want to be sure everyone is clear on the POTENTIAL problems you can experience.

kaka   April 15th, 2010 3:58 pm ET

i wear my sunglasses at night :-)

HG   April 15th, 2010 4:00 pm ET

Everything is hazardous to our health on earth!! So are stupid people – especially the stupid old people that have been commenting on here ... live a little, you old folks are going to die soon – enjoy it while you are still here on earth.

Waterhoundd   April 15th, 2010 4:02 pm ET


Michael Guyer   April 15th, 2010 4:03 pm ET

The problem is not that you are seeing a simulated 3D image but in the technology behind it. The television rapidly alternates two separate images at 120 Hertz. Each side of the glasses then flickers at the same rate of 120 Hertz to block alternating images. This occurs faster that the human brain can detect and therefore creates the illusion of 3D by showing a different image to each eye. This is nothing like the technology that they use in the movie theaters. It is this high frequency flicker in each eye that can lead in increased risk of seizures and other neurological problems. The other forms of 3D technology that have been used in the past do not have these same types of risk. By the way, I have this technology on my computer with NVIDIA 3D vision glasses and a Samsung monitor and I must tell you that it looks awesome.

Patrick   April 15th, 2010 4:06 pm ET

Hey Richie, I don't know where you live, but please tell me where I can see a movie for $3.....You said $2700 pays for 900 movies? On what friggin planet? I don't want a 3D tv. I just hate when people make an argument for absolutely no reason.....What an idiot.....

Brian   April 15th, 2010 4:06 pm ET

You would think that drinking & 3-DTV might be the cause of a few more pregnancies...

smithhater   April 15th, 2010 4:07 pm ET

@ smith your an idiot.

CRA   April 15th, 2010 4:07 pm ET

I have no desire to get a 3-D TV. Like most people I do a lot of things while the TV is on – read, sew, clean, eat, play with the cats, talk on the phone, etc. All which requires the taking off and putting on the glasses. Besides what shows would be worth watching in 3-D maybe sports or nature shows but do you want to watch anything else in 3-D.

Mike   April 15th, 2010 4:10 pm ET

The real risk is on the cardiovascular system since I'll be sitting and watching so much awesome TV that I'll forget to excercise, eat well, and enjoy the outdoors. Matrix here we come..

larry simpson   April 15th, 2010 4:11 pm ET

I love my 3d television and so far I haven't experienced anything but sheer joy. I havrn't leaped off tall buildings or tried to kill the neighbors or anything catastrophic.

Steve   April 15th, 2010 4:11 pm ET

I want a 3D TV just to see if Sarah Palin's 3rd dimension is dummer than the 2 we see already!!!!

Mark   April 15th, 2010 4:12 pm ET

Everyone realizes that you can either choose to watch the new Samsung 3D TV's in either 2D or 3D right? You also don't have to purchase 3D coded movies to watch them in 3D or wait for the Television Networks to convert signals to 3D. Yes if you buy a 3D coded Blu-Ray movie it deepens the effect but the television itself can convert ANY Blu-Ray/DVD/Television Channel into 3D by simply pushing a button on the remote. If you want to watch a Movie or Television Show in 3D, press the button. If you want to watch it in 2D, don't press the button. Kind of a cool option when you consider you don't have to wait for the Networks to catch up like they did with the Digital signals. I've owned the same Samsung HD-Ready TV for roughly 9-10 years now and I've had it repaired once for $200.00 so it's been a great name brand for me. I'm also prone to Migranes but have no problems watching movies in 3D. I'll purchase a 3D TV to watch things like the Matrix, Transformers 1 and 2, Avatar, 9, Monsters Vs. Aliens, Aliens, Stargate, Heroes, etc. Sitcoms and the like will be viewed in 2D but c'mon, even if you don't want to buy a 3D TV or watch one, or if you have health problems that keep you from this, you gotta admit, technology has come a looooooong way in just 20 years and it's pretty darn cool.

thenderson   April 15th, 2010 4:13 pm ET

You know that saliva causes cancer, but only when swallowed in small amounts over a long period of time

joe   April 15th, 2010 4:14 pm ET

they forgot the part where they should warn you not to eat the glasses too..

Patrick   April 15th, 2010 4:14 pm ET

You want friggin 3D? Go outside and experience some real life. It's in 3D without the harmful side effects. This country is way too obsessed w/ sitting on the couch watching tv and playing video games....If people spent half as much time being productive as they do sitting in front of a tv or monitor, the world economy wouldn't be where it is right now. Get motivated people.

mary   April 15th, 2010 4:15 pm ET

Wow~! Sounds great~!! :' {

Kleep   April 15th, 2010 4:15 pm ET

3-D tv is just a fad that will pass like the laserdisc.

G   April 15th, 2010 4:15 pm ET

Real life is 3D already, what are they doing with this that is making it more dangerous?

FFred   April 15th, 2010 4:15 pm ET

@Dan: Survival of the Fittest! amirite? If you fall over and die because you watched TV with these glasses on, it sounds like you were a Darwin Award waiting to happen anyway. They just have to put these labels out to keep from getting their asses sued off by the litigious public, not due to any real concern that it causes a health hazard.

Just Me   April 15th, 2010 4:16 pm ET

@ Smith....your ex on here or what??? lol is spelled "you're"...not your

DWD   April 15th, 2010 4:18 pm ET

I resent you calling old people stupid.

iDont   April 15th, 2010 4:19 pm ET

For many geeks, eventually, over time will suffer evolutionary changes. Our eyes will be smaller and unable to deal with real world obstacles (over use and exposure to 3D TV and computer uses).

Our fingers will become shorter and fatter and or eventually become stumpy as we do everything with gesturing and rubbing screens with 3D icons and OS's. (iPad is just the start people!)

Seriuosly though, I would think had of sitting a kid in front of a TV watching 3DTV, because you know cartoons will be huge on this geektech, I think for children, who are in development stages, VERY BAD.

But you know WALMART' going to sell millions.

thenderson   April 15th, 2010 4:20 pm ET

Waiting on a Holodeck anyhow...

cloo   April 15th, 2010 4:21 pm ET

Stop making 3-D movies then, they suck anyways!

zevie   April 15th, 2010 4:23 pm ET

That settles it- I'm holding out until 4D tvs come out.

Just Me   April 15th, 2010 4:25 pm ET

Now the holodeck....I'll be first in line for!!!! That would be way cool!!!

RB   April 15th, 2010 4:26 pm ET

The REAL health risk is the garbage they broadcast on TV. I can't believe the microcephalic morons on this blog who just can't wait to get their 3-D TV, so that their already marginalized lives spent in front of the TV can finally be made COMPLETELY useless.

T-dog   April 15th, 2010 4:27 pm ET

Three words: Shameless. Marketing. Ploy.

Bill   April 15th, 2010 4:29 pm ET

You're not thinking 4th dimensionally, Marty!! ;)

Ryan   April 15th, 2010 4:29 pm ET

I wonder how long it'll take this gimmick to flop. I already get headaches when watching "3D" movies.

dj   April 15th, 2010 4:30 pm ET

soon the government will release medication for the health problems caused by your tv.

theDagda   April 15th, 2010 4:30 pm ET

I always watch TV next to an open stairwell ... drunk.

Swiper the Fox   April 15th, 2010 4:31 pm ET

The reason they put these labels and warnings is because there is some idiots out there that wont use a tv properly and would try all different situations to be idiots and then blame it on samsung. im getting a 3D tv anyways

Give Me A Break   April 15th, 2010 4:32 pm ET

Like this is any different from standard 2D TV? Everyone who plays Guitar Hero knows what watching scrolling notes for several hours does to you. Where are the warning labels for that?

JrAD   April 15th, 2010 4:35 pm ET

I intend to watch until I vomit all over myself.


This whole 3D TV thing is just going to be a fad, a gimmick, a toy. 3D TV will only become relevant once they have the technology to display 3D but without the need for any type of glasses. Even though, everyone knows it's super cool to wear shades inside.

Kate   April 15th, 2010 4:41 pm ET

Nice. But, keep in mind it isn't meant to be viewed in 3-D at ALL times. You can... but just note the possible health risks involved as well. If people can handle and deal with watching 3-D TV all the time, great. If not, great too. But, good to notably reference these risks and what CAN happen. Thumbs up to these companies!

Dizzy   April 15th, 2010 4:42 pm ET

When I watch 3D I can cometimes get a little nauseous or a headache so I just close one eye and watch it until I feel better. Must be an equilibrium thing.

phil   April 15th, 2010 4:43 pm ET

As a person with epilepsy I'm glad one of these band wagon hoppers decided to finally realize that seizures are a very real threat from 3D TV's. Sometimes people are so excited to try something they forget the effects it can have on other people.

Michael in Houston   April 15th, 2010 4:43 pm ET


HOW ABOUT GETTING A FRESH NEW COMMERCIAL ON CNN!! You have been running that same lame "blind girl seeing eye dog you have won the audtion" spot now for about 3 freakin years. GET SOME FRESH MATERIAL OR FIND ANOTHER ADVERTISING COMPANY!!


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okbyme   April 15th, 2010 4:55 pm ET

Hey, just another product that will generate tax revenue, 6% where I live. If people buy it, great, we need more economic activity to get out of the hole. You need to decide if it's good and/or needed for you and your family. And just one comment, how many times did you loose your tv romote? The 3D glasses are not much bigger.
BTW, sailing season starts soon, who needs TV :)

jay   April 15th, 2010 4:58 pm ET

cmon sheep...get over this gimmick!

Dean   April 15th, 2010 4:59 pm ET

Reminds me of drug ads. You can cure zits but the process might make your skin bleed, your eyes fall out, cause miscarriages, headaches, hernia, your toes fall off...

Tom B   April 15th, 2010 5:01 pm ET

Oh boy, now we can see really lousy TV programming in 3 dimensions!!

Deborah   April 15th, 2010 5:03 pm ET

"Motion sickness, perceptual after effects, disorientation, eye strain and decreased postural stability?" Wow! Where do I get one of those? Sign me up!

rhett   April 15th, 2010 5:04 pm ET

3D TV for cars!?

Donovan   April 15th, 2010 5:05 pm ET

I want a tv so real that it is like real life, just like the one I am living, except I want to buy it

Mark   April 15th, 2010 5:07 pm ET

I think the end all of the posts should be this. If you want one, buy one. If you don't then don't. Simple as that. No point in trying to get one side to see the other side's point. Good/Bad, Healthy/Unhealthy, Pro/Con, Gimmick/Cool New Tech, Here To Stay/Passing Fad, who cares. If you have a point of view, keep it to yourself so the thread can wither and die. If it's a penny for my thoughts, why do I have to put my two cents in? Someone, somewhere is making a penny. Multiply that by the amount of people in the world and the amount of thoughts they have in a day and someone is making serious BANK. I only wish it were me.

Russ   April 15th, 2010 5:08 pm ET

New Slogan by the POLICE:

DON'T DRINK AND WATCH!, It May Kill you!


Larrys   April 15th, 2010 5:08 pm ET

So if I'm sittin there watching my 3D TV while getting brain cancer talking to my girlfriend on my cell phone it's like certain death then. PLAeezzz..

3D TV will be like Laser Dic back in the early 80's. It will be over priced (especially the glasses) only mildly interesting to watch and your cable company will no doubt tack on an extra fee to deliver 3D programming.

I am fully happy to watch TV as it is now. HD on a flat screen, the picture is teriffic.

I don't expect it to last long.

Pete   April 15th, 2010 5:09 pm ET

Who needs that 3D s**t anyway, aside from frothing glassy-eyed consumerists having no life? :-(

Dave   April 15th, 2010 5:16 pm ET

It reminds of the Happy Fun Ball on SNL.

Dave   April 15th, 2010 5:17 pm ET

Oops. Forgot "me" in my previous comment.

ndginla   April 15th, 2010 5:21 pm ET

Maybe someone can come up with a polarizing projection system for the home so we can use the theatre glasses. I would imagine, though, it would be a bear to set up to get the proper effect.

Given the way LEDs and Plasma cells function, I doubt there is a way to get a 3d effect beyond using the electronic glasses (which are pretty expensive in their own right) they have now. But... who knows? Somebody may figure it out.

jimh16   April 15th, 2010 5:27 pm ET

cop:license and registration please? excuse me sir, have you been 3-d-ing tonight?
tech savy man:i only watched 30 minutes i swear.
cop: i'm going to have to ask you to get off the couch, we're heading downtown.

slap happy   April 15th, 2010 5:31 pm ET

There is no need for 3D TV's.
Please, networks, dont start making programming for the less than 1% who want this.....

dianasbob   April 15th, 2010 5:33 pm ET

Just out of curiousity, isn't life in 3-d?

Mark   April 15th, 2010 5:35 pm ET

"The company also says people at risk for stroke or epileptic seizures should consult a medical professional before watching TV in three dimensions."

What the hell? So they're trying to make doctors legally responsable for figuring out if these tv's are safe? Isn't that the manufacturers job?
Why don't we calm cool it with the technology for a few years until we figure out what kind of a mess we're already in? 20 years from now the whole planet could be void of life just from cell phones.

Robear in Ojai   April 15th, 2010 5:35 pm ET

Warning: The Samsung 3-D glasses are NOT the same as the ones used in movie theaters. Two completely different technologies.

The only reason TV manufacturers are prematurely rolling out tomorrow's landfill is because of the recent 3-D blockbuster movies (Avatar, Alice etc.) that are due to come out on DVD & BlueRay this year. They want to cash in while the getting's good.

I'm perfectly happy with my HD monitor and player. I'll sit this one out, thank you very much, and as many have suggested on this blog, if I want 3-D I'll take a walk up the hill behind the house.

Mark   April 15th, 2010 5:38 pm ET

Slap Happy, there's no real need for networks to start broadcasting in 3D at this point in the game because the TV takes the 2D signal and converts it into 3D (if that's how you choose to watch it). Normal TV/Cable/Dish, Digital/HD doesn't matter, push a button on the remote it turns to 3D, push the button again and WALLAH, it's back to 2D. Just imagine watching Happy Days in 3D when Fonzie throws his thumbs up. It'll be like he's in your living room. If his 3D thumb scares you to much, press the button and he's trapped within the confines of your TV again.

Bizzy B   April 15th, 2010 5:38 pm ET

Look to me like they are trying to feed the horse after it is dead...

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Mark   April 15th, 2010 5:41 pm ET

Mark, we don't really have to worry about whether the Earth is going to be devoid of life in 20 years. Everyone knows it's ending December 21, 2012.

Rick   April 15th, 2010 5:42 pm ET

I believe that LG will be producing a 3D set that uses passive glasses (polarized) like the theaters, instead of the active glasses (flickering). I've used both with computer 3D displays, and passive is much easier to cope with.

Pipey   April 15th, 2010 5:43 pm ET

This article had depth.

Mark   April 15th, 2010 5:44 pm ET

Rick, what Computer Monitor utilizes the Polarized 3D glasses? I'd be interested in getting one of those. I thought they all used the active type at this point.

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joe   April 15th, 2010 5:46 pm ET

What is the point of a 3D TV if you still have to wear the glasses?

Matt   April 15th, 2010 5:48 pm ET

@ junebugj

You hate our legal system because you haven't bothered to educate yourself as to how it works, which is painfully obvious from your reference to the hot coffee McDonald's case. The woman in that case sustained 3rd degree burns when the coffee spilled on her, and it wasn't simply because she was stupid and spilled it on herself. A regular cup of coffee out of any given autodrip machine could be spilled in a similar fashion and would only yield first or second degree burns. The reason why McDonalds was liable is because McDonald's, in an effort to sell more coffee, would keep its coffee heated to over 180 degrees fahrenheit so that customers in the stores would smell the aroma. They adopted a marketing ploy that created an unreasonable risk that a person would burn themselves were the coffee to spill in the name of higher revenues.

Robb   April 15th, 2010 5:51 pm ET

I think I want the old radiation laden boob tubes of the 1950s back. At least I don't have to wear the goofy glasses and can be drunk while watching it. How is anyone supposed to watch wrestling or NASCAR in 3D without a drink in their hand. Geez!

Jupiter   April 15th, 2010 5:52 pm ET

I heard the 3dtvs without the glasses don't cause all that.

wheeldog   April 15th, 2010 5:52 pm ET

Thanks Steve. I needed a good laugh. Lost my gerbil though; cat ate it

Chris Taylor   April 15th, 2010 5:53 pm ET

First off, i already have a 3d system in my computer, with the Samsung codec for watching movies. First off here are some issues with current 3D technology. "Cross Talk" this happens when the lens shutters become unsynced with the TV images, in other words the left eye sees what the right eye is supposed to, This will improve over time how ever. Another is frame rate.... for motion pictures to appear seamless a certain amount of frames per second must be displayed, this ranges from 24 frames per second on up. ideal is 33, but when dealing with 3D this had to be 33 per/second per/eye, That's 66 FPS.

Refresh rate on the monitor is important also, you would be surprised to learn that your monitor or LCD is actual blinking at an incredible rate, a 120megeherts is standard for most TVs and monitors. Refresh rate is required to avoid a strobe light effect, considering that we are now producing 2 Images, we need to double the refresh rate, wish has been cut in half by the 3D technology. 60megahertz, will most likely cause an increased amount of seizures for epileptics, SO WILL CROSS TALK. This can be corrected by getting a TV or monitor that is 240megaherts. I Have seen 3D displays set up for both computer and Entertainment systems... the Entertainment systems are choppy, especially with motion... the computer 3D is a bit better but it has its flunks also.
Nvidia GTS 250s video cards include 3d technology, and the Samsung decoders. For gaming i suggest tying 2 cards together in SLI mode, considering that 3D will cut into performance, this will allow you to maintain insane detail and resolution while also maintaining FPS

Jan   April 15th, 2010 5:58 pm ET

We have been enjoying our two year old 52 inch plasma TV. The other day my husband mentioned that he'd like to get a 3D TV one day. We have both experienced motion sickness on boats or rides so it may not be a good idea for our family. I appreciate the warning because it not only guides people in usuage of the TV but it also serves as a warning for someone thinking of dishing out the big bucks to buy one.

Joel   April 15th, 2010 6:10 pm ET

Count me out, but not because of this. I can't watch a 3-D movie without massive headaches for hours following. Not worth it.

Mightaswellbe   April 15th, 2010 6:11 pm ET

It is useless to me.

I, like several million other folks, do not have Binocular vision, therefore no 3D for me at any time (except under doctor applied drops and some really strange glasses [heavy on the prism])

I have been this way since birth so all this 3D hoopla is just noise.

2D yesterday, 2D today, 2D forever ( for me anyway).

to all of yall that can see 3D my best wishes with this future tech stuff. Ain't progress nice. :-)

Jimbo,Minneapolis,Mn   April 15th, 2010 6:11 pm ET


Actually, the 5th dimension is responsible for bad music....

Sunshime   April 15th, 2010 6:30 pm ET

As with everything in this world, we trade what we have in our hands, (our health!) for what's behind the glass, no pun intended. If this 'warning', which sounds to me like a doctor explaining the side effects of a drug to a patient, didnt scare you then i dont know what will. The problem with today's society is that these 'cool' technological advances are not taken as mere suggestions:"its cool!!everyone has one!! lets get a loan and buy one!!"

I cant wait for what the future has to offer. Im 16 years old. Hopefully not epileptic attacks.

Fabian   April 15th, 2010 6:46 pm ET

I tried out a Samsung 3-D TV at the store the other day, and I was not impressed. This technology has a ways to go before it's going to be widely accepted, in my opinion. The 3D image was stunning when nothing on screen was moving, but when there was fast action the effect dissapeared and my eyes wanted to cross. It was disorienting and not pleasant to view, I can tell you that. There are obviously some technical issues to overcome, and they probably should have waited before releasing it for sale. Hopefully it'll get better with time.

chris   April 15th, 2010 6:51 pm ET

This is garbage...

doctor   April 15th, 2010 7:08 pm ET

As with most new technology I won't buy first gen. I'll give them more time to fix whatever needs to be fixed. Also, waiting will allow for the rest of the shows to switch over to 3D (if they decide to do that).

Boingy Baxter   April 15th, 2010 7:16 pm ET

What about 6-D? Living in the 6th Dimension... can be tough. Those that have seen "Forbidden Zone" know what I'm talking about.

grabber   April 15th, 2010 7:20 pm ET

So they basicaly had to protect themselves financially from the stupidest people on earth. "Ok please do not watch this T.V. while standing on the edge of a cliff" what a sad world we live in when you must state the obvious for fear of getting sued.

Dirty Ed   April 15th, 2010 7:23 pm ET

Someday TV might have a show worth showing in 3D. But not today. Half the shows aren't even worth watching in 2D.

Su4v3   April 15th, 2010 7:51 pm ET

That's nothing compared to a Toyota that can't freaking stop! hahaha

Su4v3   April 15th, 2010 8:11 pm ET

Warning: Wearing glasses while watching T.V. help me see better. (I have myopia)

Jay   April 15th, 2010 8:12 pm ET

These TV's are NOT 3D, they give the ILLUSION of 3D which is why it can cause disorientation. Like enough of the sarcastic remarks if you don't know what you're talking about.

Steverino   April 15th, 2010 8:57 pm ET

Reading these comments sure points out one thing dramatically: People are getting stupider and more self-absorbed by the minute. What kind of moron makes fun of a warning that might save someone else's life?

Josh   April 15th, 2010 9:19 pm ET

Next thing you know they will be coming out with TV in 4-D so you can travel back in time. I would hate to see the side effects of that...

3D TV NOT for everybody....... - Science and Technology -Research, computers, social science, chemistry, biology, astronomy, physics, mathematics, AI - City-Data Forum   April 15th, 2010 9:31 pm ET

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Phil   April 15th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

I'm not going to wear polarized glasses while watching TV – it's just not worth it.

Gilda   April 15th, 2010 10:04 pm ET

Life is 3-D...and there are plenty of people out there who already wear glasses, so putting on a pair of 3-D glasses really isn't much of a stretch.

The glasses for the Samsung 55inch 3d 240mhz set fit just fine in front of my existing glasses...or I could go the extra mile and wear my contacts while aI watch 3-D movies.

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Mike L   April 15th, 2010 10:26 pm ET

In other words, 3-D can cause many of the same symptoms as a lot of the drugs pharmaceutical companies advertise on tee-vee! Have you ever listened to those lists of possible side-effects for some of those wonder drugs?

I'm perfectly happy with my hi-def plasma and blu-ray, and that's probably as far as I want to go with new tv technology.

I saw some 3-D movies when I was young, and they made me feel sick.

chuck   April 15th, 2010 10:41 pm ET

Can you image the 3D Viagra ads? Which feature will come through the old ass man's ears or his....

Richie   April 15th, 2010 11:19 pm ET

Hey Patrick. You can't see a movie for only $3 that I know of. I said the (calculated) $3 would pay for your glasses, not the movie–and that's on THIS friggin planet. Please read a little more closely before you commence a rant that isn't warranted. Thanks! :-)

peterpedro123   April 15th, 2010 11:49 pm ET

I checked a samsung 3D tv at bestBuy during the weekend...

watched it for two or three minutes... when i took the glasses sight was COMPLETLY took me some minutes to re-adjust (and i don't wear glasses..) i can only imagine how i would have ended if i had watched a fully movie!..

go try them yourself...Best Buy stores usually have a demo set you can try...

Ben   April 15th, 2010 11:50 pm ET

Why would ANYONE want a 3D TV. I don't get it. I'm old enough to remember 3D movies in the 50's and they hurt your eyes and caused problems then. Fast forward to the age of MARKETING and people are made to want what's bad for them.

Gollum   April 15th, 2010 11:52 pm ET

So what about all those theater patrons leaving the movies after 2.5 hours with the 3D glasses on, then climbing behind the wheel of their cars. Are they going to be disorientated too and then crash into someone. I can see the lawsuits coming already.

To Scott Clark   April 16th, 2010 12:00 am ET

That's the funniest comment that I've read all day. Some people have no sense of humor!

Unspokenchaos   April 16th, 2010 12:25 am ET

I can't wait for the next generation cancer TV...sign me up

Max   April 16th, 2010 12:39 am ET

PVHO.OB (3d without glasses)

Al   April 16th, 2010 1:01 am ET

This reminds me of the warning ads that proceed all video games and are always ignored and/or useless.

garyd   April 16th, 2010 1:10 am ET

Maybe Samsung should consider adding an airbag system to its 3D flat screen TV's to protect the viewer.Samsung 3D Television! -the Toyota of televisions! LOL !

jameszz   April 16th, 2010 1:10 am ET

The wave of the future??????

JFS   April 16th, 2010 2:25 am ET

Like anything else – if you're stupid don't participate. Don't drink/drive and hot coffee is HOT!

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mark   April 16th, 2010 3:20 am ET

I will NEVER buy a 3D TV. I tried watching Avatar in 3D and almost had to leave the theater. I ended up sleeping through most of the movie. It was like having somebody move a an object back and forth in front of my eyes trying to hypnotize me. Terrible experience. I don't know why anybody would want to watch TV like that all the time.

M from Perth   April 16th, 2010 3:35 am ET

I dont think it will really pick up, the 3D glasses require batteries. Not only that, but you only get a pair supposedly so that means you will need additional glasses for others to participate. I'm not sure about you guys, but the 3D Avatar was cool, but it wasnt really that ground breaking. How is this going to improve my normal tv viewing??

Play Ball   April 16th, 2010 3:55 am ET

I can't wait for 3D TV where you don't need the glasses. Most people here don't seem to understand that one of the biggest reasons it will be awesome is for sports. Sports and video games will make 3D worthwhile, but not until they release the TVs that are in development that don't require glasses. Superbowl 3D! Sweet!

Imran   April 16th, 2010 5:44 am ET

why can't they recall them,

Tolu   April 16th, 2010 5:46 am ET

Of course it will cause some form of disorientation in frequent users. When people observe reality in ways other than normal for extended periods of time, they're bound to have diffiulties observing the reality around them; the reality they live in.

TheGreatOne   April 16th, 2010 5:51 am ET

It is very sad to note that there are lots of idi0ts writing in their 2 cents worth of opinions. As if that were not cheap enough, their mor0nic thoughts are less than a quarter of a penny. These naysaying people are the same cave people who thought there is no difference between VHS and DVD, who probably still owns VHS tapes, who would never be able to see the difference in the sharpness between a DVD and blu-ray. These are the same people who are now saying "so what?" and "useless" and "vowing to never buy a 3D TV blah blah blah. They seem to think that their ignorant announcements make them all the more admirable. Before you anti-progress people open your mouth against anything new in technology, you probably should re-educate yourselves that the world is no longer flat, that blacks are no longer slaves, and that the world was not created in 7 days. If you wanna live in the past, the naysayers can just shut their mouth and let other people enjoy the greatness of new inventions.

Marty   April 16th, 2010 6:12 am ET

The people in this country are extremely lawsuit happy. They're just trying to cover their butts.

cupcakealex   April 16th, 2010 6:22 am ET

How about hair loss? I for one cannot wait for 3D TV here in Egypt. If, however I live long enough what with all the other health hazards floating around and threatening life nad limb.

Matt   April 16th, 2010 7:17 am ET

ya gotta be an idiot to buy a 3-d tv

Charlie   April 16th, 2010 7:51 am ET

Sorry Scott but I just had to point out that the third dimension is not time, it is distance... TIme is the fourth dimension.

david wyne osedach   April 16th, 2010 8:01 am ET

Can you imagine waking up a friend who is "sleeping it off" to 3-D television!

Normal TV   April 16th, 2010 8:03 am ET

Is there anything left that hasn't been messed with? After reading that article, I wouldn't have one of those things in the house, period. There is nothing wrong with good ole normal TV. I have a 52" flat panel unit and it is great for watching movies. That 3-D thing is stupid. I didn't even go to movies that were in 3-D when they started that years ago.

todope   April 16th, 2010 8:17 am ET

Seems marijuana is safer then alcohol and now safer then 3D T.V. Grow your own, free the weed!!!!

Mad Doc   April 16th, 2010 8:55 am ET

Pretty soon its gonna get 4D – the actual feel of it. 5D the smell, and the 6D I dunno. We prolly wouldnt be around when it happens. 3D has been coming around since the 1950's then it faded away then comes back in the late 1970's. Does anyone remmy the filx, "Coming At Ya"? Its a cowboy film with lot of stuff coming at the camera to make you jerk your head back often like the Quiet Riot concert, "Bang Your Head".
So, the rage of 3D – we all can use judgemental decision not to overdo the 3D glasses and so forth. We are old enough – eh? Or we rather be hook on it and starting to faze like 3D?

Jason   April 16th, 2010 9:08 am ET

Imagine it won't be long 'til we hear about someone causing a car accident because just before driving they spent 2 hrs watchng 3-D movie with those glasses and become disoriented in the car...

anonymous   April 16th, 2010 9:16 am ET

Not worth it in my opinion because you have to buy glasses for each member of your household. Too expensive. Until they make 3D TV without glasses, my family and I are satisfied with 2D TV.

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Waiting   April 16th, 2010 9:30 am ET

I'm waiting for 4-D TV, that should be much better :)

Derek   April 16th, 2010 9:36 am ET

I should probably put down this funnel and step away from my 3-D TV.

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Jon   April 16th, 2010 9:57 am ET

The warning doesn't provide enough information to make a meaningfuly decision. There are so many warnings on so many things that it is hard to assess how seriously to take them. Did they do tests? What percentage of the test population experienced any of the side effects? Or is it a legal department saying we don't really know what side effects could result and we better put out a warning to protect ourselves given potential risks of litigation in the United States. Kind of like the movie "The Jerk" with Steve Martin.

ox   April 16th, 2010 9:59 am ET

So the 3rd dimension can make you ill and cause fatigue, what problems will the 4th dimension entail?

Jeff H.   April 16th, 2010 10:03 am ET

We need Buckaroo Banzai to investigate this!

Kevin   April 16th, 2010 10:05 am ET

I'm still getting a 3D, it sounds fun, and the game consoles will soon start pushing out games with 3D features. I'm not preggars or sleep deprived, although I might be drunk at times... but I definitely won't be hanging my 3D TV over my stairs where I might take a tumble, that's just a warning for stupid people.

maddawg   April 16th, 2010 10:14 am ET

HUGE LOLs @ ben...

'i know they're going to put labels on them, and i understand all the warnings and severe affects that are possible....but i'm going to get one anyway!'

lmao....i bet you smoke cigarettes too....

typical lemming mindset.......always the followers.....then....always the complainers.....then always the "you did me wrong"ers.

yea....the human race is destined for oblivion with examples of the species like this!

mr. informer   April 16th, 2010 10:27 am ET

you will not watch everything in 3d on the television, just the programs that will say please put on your 3d glasses for the 3d effect... Most likely hbo and other movie chanells again not all programs will be in 3d please do some research before you but a 3d tv

Brad   April 16th, 2010 10:36 am ET

Do you really need 3-D TV when there is this little thing called life going on around you? I really can't imagine walking into someone's house and seeing a bunch of people sitting around with glasses on. I wish they would stop trying to charge us outrageous amounts of money for a technology that has been around some 30 years, have we capped our technological advancing to the point that this is innovation? Repackaging old technology in a new way for a lot of money? That's not innovation, it's just plain silly.

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Gary Duane Ensminger   April 16th, 2010 10:58 am ET

Did you ever stop to think the whole article was advertising hype.... look how many people have thought out their position to either fight for it or agaisnt it.... Thats the whole point of advertising folks!

Val Kem   April 16th, 2010 11:13 am ET

*hifive Scott Clark* Funny.
That's the point Ben, they just want to keep the stupid people from suing.

brian   April 16th, 2010 11:26 am ET

Why do they use glasses that have lenses that open and shut rapidly – that seems a lot more clunky and more expensive than the ones they use at the movie theatres... why didn't they just use that system for the TV's and save our eyes?

dazim   April 16th, 2010 11:30 am ET

It says, "Pregnant women, drunk people and 'those who are sleep deprived' should not watch 3-D television because of potential health issues."

All the rest should not watch 3D or even 2D television because sitting around instead of getting some exercise can cause potential health issues.

On the other hand, pregnant women (at least those under doctor's orders), drunk people, and those who are sleep deprived should probably stay on the couch because it may be a potential health risk to do otherwise.

And for heaven's sake, don't drive! Do you have any idea of the potential health risks in that?

Pete   April 16th, 2010 11:33 am ET

Whaaa, this will make you sick, whaaaaa, this will give you cancer, whaaaa this will give you a stroke, whaaaaa, whaaaaa, whaaaaa, whaaaaa.

This country is such a bunch of whiney babies it's sickening. Man up and deal with it. If it bothers stfu and don't do it.

tapitnoises   April 16th, 2010 11:35 am ET

Brian, the lenses without cords they use in theaters are polarized, so they only let in a small percentage of the light. In a dark theater that works, but in your average family room, it will make the picture seem very dim. It would also mean the screen would have to be similarly polarized, which means people wearing polarized eye glasses might not be able to see the TV picture while wearing their regular glasses.

dummy-dave   April 16th, 2010 11:45 am ET

Boy, these 3-D galsses are the greatest. I especially like them while I'm driving down the road, watching the movie on my phone, don't really know where reality starts or ends.

luffing   April 16th, 2010 12:00 pm ET

Does an application for a lawsuit come in the box?

Jon   April 16th, 2010 12:15 pm ET

Anyone can suffer a seizure as a result of rapid flashes of light as in the sunlight being blocked by trees as you drive along the highway. This is no different. You do not need to have the diagnosis of epilepsy either. If you are driving and are being subject to rapid flickering of sunlight on your eyes due to bright sun being blocked by a number of trees in rapid suscession you can shield your eyes with your hand to minimize the disorientation effect.

Drew   April 16th, 2010 12:20 pm ET

Maybe anyone who brought stock in Samsung should sue the media for bad press that led declines in stock prices and left them so broke they had to buy a crumby little 16gb itouch instead of the 64gb ipad:
In other words, we would be so much better off if individuals acted responcibly and stopped trying to get rich off law suits after they did something dopey.
As for the "need" of 3D tv? No, you don't need it. It's just neet. Don't want it? Don't buy it. And time will tell whether consumers will get into it. At one time, some refrigerators had tvs built in. They didn't catch on.

eric   April 16th, 2010 12:52 pm ET

"Pregnant women, drunk people and "those who are sleep deprived" should not watch 3-D television because of potential health issues"

let the lawsuits begin!!!!

Andrea   April 16th, 2010 12:53 pm ET

There will never be a need for a 3D set in my household. I'm one of those lucky ones, (like Johnny Depp) who can't "see" the 3D effect since my eyes don't work in perfect unison. So , all this hoopla is meaningless. I also have friends whose 5 yr old son only has one eye and is really upset that he can't see the 3D. I guess these people are just ignoring us.

OK   April 16th, 2010 1:00 pm ET

3-D tu.

chris   April 16th, 2010 1:01 pm ET

lol @ these warnings and the press picking up on them and making them out to be a big deal. The epileptic thing is a valid concern, but otherwise 3d isn't going to hurt you, ruin your eyesight, or make you "disoriented enough to fall down". I have to wonder if there were crazy warnings about blindness and sudden coma when the first color TV was introduced?

Jesse R   April 16th, 2010 1:02 pm ET

What about the eye development of children? I have seen the 3D TV in use and it is truly spectacular, but I could also feel what probllems this could cause to eyesight just to start. I am sure they will refine the technology to one day putting as all in the TV's themselves! No matter...3D TV is the future.

Bubba   April 16th, 2010 1:02 pm ET

WARNING: Only really cool people who are fearless, young and strong should spend huge amounts on this fantastically dangerous must-have gadget! Don't let people say you were afraid! Rush out and buy it NOW NOWNOW!

Melissa   April 16th, 2010 1:10 pm ET

Meh. I have no intention of buying one of those televisions anyway. 3D is good for the occasional treat, but the glasses give me headaches. We're not meant to see that way.

Loren   April 16th, 2010 1:12 pm ET

Great, now my students will start talking about getting sick off of 3d TV as the new fad.

John   April 16th, 2010 1:18 pm ET

If watching 3-D TV has so many serious health hazards, they might as well ban its use everywhere, even before it makes its appearance on the store shelves..It seems, such a gadget is no less evil in its mind-twisting effect than hallucinatory drugs, which is typically characterized by the same symptoms as described by Samsung's warnings, namely, disorientation, perceptual after effects, motion sickness etc. Can you just imagine what would be the >lasting effect< on the brains of little children(or even adults) watching 3-D TV day after day ;–you will have a whole bunch of "disoriented" kids at schools, whose perception of reality is all twisted–all having the ultimate effect of suffering a lack of concentration on their studies–worse than you can get eating junk foods. In addition to it, problems like serious eye strain and decreased postural stability makes a 3-D TV even less of a desirable object in anybody's home.

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Robert   April 16th, 2010 1:48 pm ET

I was in the Best Buy store tried out the glasses and watched the
3D TV on display after about 20 minutes the only damage I occured was to my bank account when I purchased it.

diamone   April 16th, 2010 2:06 pm ET

Well, guess what? The Blu-Ray technology used to store and play 3D images is almost a hundred years old. Instead of a single pickup reading a single track, it has two, side by side.

They tried this for stereo 78's in the late 20's, recording the left on the top of the disc going the normal direction, and the right on the bottom of the disc going the opposite direction so that when played vertically, the two needles facing each other could travel in sync from the outside of the disc to the inside.

Then they tried it on the same side of the disc for separated bass and treble high-fidelity in the `30's. The treble track was recorded by one needle starting near the edge of the disc recorded laterally and the bass track was started halfway through the disc and ran to the center in a vertical fashion.

Then they dropped the vertical modulation and did the same thing with two lateral full-fideliy tracks on disc in the mid `50's, the left track near the edge and the right track where the bass track was in the high-fidelity version years before the first stereo LP's as we know them today came out in 1957 when it was possible to put all 4 modulations in the same groove at the same time: lateral, vertical, 45-degrees off center and 45-degrees off center.

Four types of modulation gave rise to quadraphonic, what we call Dolby Surround today. So, before long, we'll have 3D video in 360-degrees just like on the Jetsons cartoons in the 60's.

Jack   April 16th, 2010 3:52 pm ET

I just bought my first HDTV. It's already outdated. I think I'll wait for Smellivision befor making my next purchase.

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Sency   April 16th, 2010 10:30 pm ET

Its good they announced these concerns early as opposed to later

Bruce Edwards   April 16th, 2010 11:21 pm ET

Makes me wanna go back to the early 70's when we didn't need an electronic box to see even in 4D!

James And Ryan Clark   April 17th, 2010 9:14 am ET

Who are these drunk pregnant women and why are they doing home decor? No one puts a tv of any type near a stair well nowadays, let alone a balcony. Drinking while pregnant, not so good. Drinking while pregnant and decorating, horrible. Forget the 3D, let's get on about these teenage mothers who are drinking all day, where they get the money for these TVs. And do trailers even have stair wells, or balconys? Ok, I know Jed down the way he built a balcony, but LuAnn fell off and now they are in a law suit, Thank God she wasnt pregnant, but she was a bit drunk. and these flippin glasses, who wants all that action going on that close to your eyes, you could jam an eyelash in there and be out of work for weeks.

barbara   April 17th, 2010 9:20 am ET

they are probably already working on a pill for this

jack   April 17th, 2010 10:39 am ET

Here come the lawsuits!

Not a 3D Fan   April 17th, 2010 7:08 pm ET

Before we went to the theatre to see Avatar, my partner and I talked about the possible (short-term) effects of watching 3-D especially on IMAX. We remembered watching one of the first IMAX movies that included scenes of flying in a glider. Many people in the audience suffered from temporary vertigo and nausea. The effects are similar to travel-sickness. Some of us are more sensitive than others. Geez, event the onslaught of visual stimiuation in today's movie threatres can cause the same feeling. I digress, but I became very ill (but temporarily) after riding on the tea-cup ride in Disney World – I was temporarily blind and ended up with a massive headache. My point is that some of us can tolerate having our senses challenged to an extreme; others cannot. This time, it was my partner who had to leave the threatre because he became ill – sweats, palpatations, and overall queaziness. There was a happy ending. He was finally able to watch Avatar today – in the comfort of our own home and without the 3D.

Samsung issues warnings about 3-D TV | Express   April 18th, 2010 3:48 am ET

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Gloria   April 19th, 2010 8:32 am ET

America and the world for as that matters. We were born to die, but why rush it because of human greed. Yes, there are a lot of things in this world today that causes a lot of dieases these days. However, we must realize that when we accept what they feed us, we have open the door for them (Large Cooporation) and the good old boys to continue to use the human race as their lab. Remember, there is a big issue about health care when will it stop. Young people, you have a voice, do not be duked. I am from the 60's as they call us the baby boom generation. We took a stand. If you all do not take a stand for something, you will stand for anything.

» Samsung Issues Health Warnings About Watching 3D Television   April 19th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

[...] drunk people and "those who are sleep deprived" to avoid watching 3D televsion. CNN reports that Samsung is also advising people at risk for stroke or epileptic seizures to "consult a [...]

melikey   April 19th, 2010 11:37 pm ET

real life is 3D

sTEVEN   April 20th, 2010 4:53 am ET

You do not need a 3D tv, you WANT one.
I bet you wil buy it, use the 3d for a few days then want your money back.

It is a waste, a fad and don't fall for it.

TAMMY!   April 21st, 2010 1:44 am ET

I guess I'm not getting one, I alway watch tv at the top of my stairs while drunk and sleep deprved!

Aldona   April 21st, 2010 1:36 pm ET

I'm epileptic so obviously won't be getting one of these babies, but I've had more fun reading these comments than you'll ever know. Particularly the "Life is fatal" comment that was made early on.

And, I have to agree with the sentiment of so many others – everything "harms" us these days. The only reason people are so gaga over this one is because the company admitted it (and so soon at that). I'd rather see cigarettes pulled from the market than this TV. Other people having this TV won't harm my health!

A TV bracket: the way forward in home entertainment | TV Wallbrackets 4 U blog   April 25th, 2010 4:41 pm ET

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Jack   April 25th, 2010 6:27 pm ET

Well, now that I think about it seems kind of... ironic, that our own dimension can cause us physical and possibly mental harm... pretty soon all we'll need to fight wars is these things... just get everyone all screwed up so they fall and then shoot them and then we all go home...

Donne incinta, ubriachi o stanchi? Il 3D non è per voi !   April 29th, 2010 5:28 am ET

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LCD TV brackets for you | TV Wallbrackets 4 U blog   May 3rd, 2010 1:52 pm ET

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3-D video gaming is coming, but at what cost? - Aijaz Ashraf   May 6th, 2010 12:53 am ET

[...] recently issued a statement warning kids under 6, pregnant women, the elderly and anyone who is sleep deprived or under the [...]

3-D video gaming is coming, but at what cost? | Express   May 6th, 2010 2:22 am ET

[...] recently issued a statement warning kids under 6, pregnant women, the elderly and anyone who is sleep deprived or under the [...]

3-D gaming is coming, but it’ll cost you | Keep Geek   May 6th, 2010 4:35 am ET

[...] recently issued a statement warning kids under 6, pregnant women, the elderly and anyone who is sleep deprived or under the [...]

3D is dangerous? « Tomi Engdahl’s ePanorama blog   June 30th, 2010 1:59 am ET

[...] with a statement about dangers to children under 7 playing with the company’s new portable gamer. Samsung has also given warnings on their 3D TVs. These warnings come after years of industry spin and cover [...]

Sams 3D issues   August 17th, 2010 12:24 am ET

Pre-2010 "Samsung 3D" Tv owners.

Pre-2010 Samsung "3D Tv" can not accept the latest 3D format.
Samsung has abandoned their loyal consumers.

Samsungs -" 3D ready" Tv's purchased pre-2010 are not capable of receiving the latest 3D formats even though samsung has advertized that their 3D ready Tv's would be future proof .

This is Samsungs statement
"Samsung DLP HDTVs are capable of displaying future 3D games, movies, and other programing via 3D compatible glasses and hardware"

Good for MITSUBISHI they also sold the "3D ready" sets.
Mitsubishi did take care of their consumers that purchased their 3Dready TVs by offering a 3D adapter (MSRP $99)

Samsung has left the "3D ready" Tv owners in the dust with nothing!

Take action... add your name to my list !
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Samsung should follow the the example of MITSUBISHI and develop their own 3D adapter for their loyal consumers to buy. Or at least pay MITSUBISHU and have them remove the block that Mitsubishi added to there adapters.

Andrew Lee   September 16th, 2010 1:49 am ET

Thanks for the article, my wife is pregnant now and we plan next week to buy a 3D TV .... once again thanks for the information ... greetings:

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Nintendo warns against youngsters and 3-D | News Articles Magazine Journalism   December 31st, 2010 10:21 am ET

[...] warning follows many others on the potential health effects of three-dimensional entertainment. TV makers have issued warnings about young people, pregnant women and even drunk people viewing 3-D TV, noting that the medium may [...]

Nintendo warns against youngsters and 3-D | Technology News   January 1st, 2011 3:48 am ET

[...] warning follows many others on the potential health effects of three-dimensional entertainment. TV makers have issued warnings about young people, pregnant women and even drunk people viewing 3-D TV, noting that the medium may [...]

Nintendo Warns Against Youngsters Playing Its Upcoming 3D System | Rebel Gaming   January 2nd, 2011 6:53 pm ET

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3D Games may stunt growth of eyes –   January 4th, 2011 10:32 am ET

[...] warning follows many others on the potential health effects of three-dimensional entertainment. TV makers have issued warnings about young people, pregnant women and even drunk people viewing 3-D TV, noting that the medium may [...]

J_MO   January 4th, 2011 2:28 pm ET

Watching 2D TV can lead lot loss of mental accuity, aggression, agitation, lethargy and occasional binge drinking (especially on fall and winter Sundays). You have been warned, so be careful!

BrainJogging » Television maker Samsung issues warnings about its 3D products   February 11th, 2011 3:02 pm ET

[...] message has been taken directly from Samsung's web site message regarding its 3D products.  CNN's SciTechBlog recently featured Samsung's [...]

3d LED TV   April 22nd, 2011 12:19 am ET

3D TV is showing an explosive growth. As predicted by DisplaySearch, the global 3D TV shipments will increase to 320 million units in 2010 and further to 9,000 million units by 2014, accounting for 2% of LCD TVs in 2010 and 41% in 2014. As 3D movies and 3D live shows of the 2010 World Cup were greeted by viewers with rapturous applause, both domestic and foreign TV manufacturers begin to energetically tap the burgeoning market of 3D TV. It will change the structure of the TV industry in the next few years.

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Nintendo Warns Against Youngsters Playing Its Upcoming 3D System | Rebel Gaming   December 3rd, 2013 9:13 am ET

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