Could 3-D be coming to a living room near you?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, dismiss what you have previously seen in films like Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (not that it was bad), but with stereoscopic 3-D being bandied about for movie theaters, home theater enthusiasts might soon get another viewing option.

"We will have 3-D in the home, definitely," offered Chris Cookson, president of Warner Bros. Technical Operations and chief technology officer for the Warner Bros. Entertainment group of companies. "All the things that we need have been invented. It's just a matter of someone committing to bring it to market. The question we all have is: Does it become a fad or part of the mainstream?"

Currently, filmmakers like James Cameron and Robert Zemeckis are really pushing for "quality theatrical 3-D content, contributing to a new level of confidence in the market. Paramount Pictures expects about 1,000 3-D-ready digital cinema screens to be installed in North America theaters in time for the studio's Nov. 16 release of Zemeckis' Beowulf."

The thought is that if you can do it in a theater why can't you do it in the home theater?

According to 3ality's Sandy Climan, "We can and have started to migrate many of these (3-D) technologies into consumer products for shooting, editing, broadcasting and displaying 3-D content in the home."

As of right now it seems that all home owners will need to have the magic of 3-D at their fingertips will be "a 3-D-ready display (some of which are already on the market), special glasses and modified playback means (coming soon)."

At this point, "Texas Instruments' DLP technology was developed to be 3-D-ready, and that capability is built in to many DLP displays." In addition to this, "many of Samsung's 2007 DLP HDTV sets are 3-D ready, and next month the company plans to release a package that includes new Tri-Def 3-D Experience software from DDD, LCD shutter glasses and other accessories to enable 3-D from a PC platform. Samsung and DDD, a 3-D software and content company, said the package means that such popular PC games as 'The Sims' and 'Dome' can be played in stereoscopic 3-D. In addition, DDD CEO Chris Yewdall said that features played through the system also could be viewed in the format."

Next generation types don't fret it seems that there will also be a place for Blu-ray and HD-DVD amidst all this. In fact, even Standard DVD would be able to support the 3-D format. At this time "studios are examining this opportunity to create another market for its 3-D-produced content."

Other innovations being talked about are "auto-stereo methods -- stereo imagery that is viewable without the use of special glasses." Then there's the ability to be able to broadcast in 3-D which of all the offerings is probably the most far off in terms being viable.

However, "perhaps the biggest indicator that Hollywood is getting serious about this subject. The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, for instance, is beginning to explore this topic."

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Evan Jacobs