Disney signs 3D Video on Demand agreement

frankenweenie 3d

Soon, you’ll be able to experience the thrill of muted colors, problematic technology, and headache complaints in the privacy of your own home, thanks to the recent license agreement Sensio Technologies signed with The Walt Disney Company for its video on demand content. The deal plans to make the studio’s 3D movies available for video on demand streaming via Sensio’s 3DGo! service.

Nicholas Routhier, Sensio’s president and CEO, said that the company was “very excited with [Monday’s] announcement with The Walt Disney Studios,” adding that the partnership “heralds a new era for 3D movie watching at home.” More than 20 Disney titles will be made available for 3D streaming in the U.S. when the partnership officially launches later this month, including Disney/Pixar’s Brave and the Tim Burton-produced Frankenweenie. Titles will not be available in perpetuity, however; the Sensio announcement clearly notes “specific availability windows” for streamed content, suggesting that the much-derided “Disney Vault” concept will be used for 3D VOD content in addition to DVD and Blu-ray releases.

“The Disney 3D library is without contest one of the best out there and we are thrilled to add an incredible selection of titles from a true legendary studio and 3D pioneer,” Routhier said. “From day one, we’ve set out to bring the best of 3D entertainment to our clients and today’s announcement is the concrete proof of the seriousness of our commitment. We are more determined than ever to realize our promise to address the lack of 3D content to the home and to support our SensioHi-Fi 3D customers with the best library of 3D content in the market.”

Sensio first announced its 3DGo! service – which offers VOD 3D content to televisions in the U.S. capable of playing them via proprietary technology – in January 2012, with the service launching later that year. Initially, the amount of material available to stream was limited due to the basic fact that not a lot of 3D content had reached that point in the distribution cycle. Arguably, 3D only started becoming a going concern for moviemakers in 2010 or so, meaning that there wasn’t really an appreciable amount of 3D movies available to stream until recently.

In that regard, the Disney deal could be seen as marking a turning point for Sensio and the 3DGo program; with such a big name content provider on board, Routhier hopes that other studios will follow suit, projecting somewhere in the region of 200 titles available for subscribers to choose from by the end of 2013. Now, all we need is for more people to buy 3D-ready televisions. Do you own one, or plan to get one at all?

Movies & TV

Star Wars series 'The Mandalorian' adds 'Deadpool' actress Gina Carano

The Mandalorian, Jon Favreau's live-action Star Wars series planned for Disney's streaming video service, will be one of the most expensive television shows ever made. Here's everything we know about it so far.
Home Theater

The best movies on Netflix in November, from 'The Witch’ to ‘Dracula’

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, witty humor, or anything else.
Movies & TV

Cassian Andor series and 'Mandalorian' details expand Star Wars' future

Disney has sky-high expectations for its Star Wars universe, with plenty of plans for the franchise on the big screen and television over the next few years. Here are all the upcoming movies and TV shows, both rumored and confirmed.
Movies & TV

Disney+ streaming service gets a new name, logo, and more confirmed content

Disney is bringing the full weight of its massive content library to its own streaming service in 2019. How will Disney+ compare to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime? Here's what we know so far.
Smart Home

Amazon has a huge team dedicated to enhancing Alexa and Echo

An Amazon executive on Tuesday, November 13 revealed the huge size of the team that's tasked with developing the Echo, the company's smart speaker, and Alexa, the digital assistant that powers it.
Smart Home

Ecobee announces Black Friday deals on smart thermostats and smart switches

Ecobee's 2018 Black Friday deals are live. Ecobee's smart thermostats and smart wall switch are compatible with smart home voice assistant systems including Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple HomeKit, and Samsung SmartThings.
Product Review

You don't need Alexa in your microwave, but you'd be surprised what she can do

Amazon has added to its long portfolio of products with the AmazonBasics Microwave, a small appliance that works with Alexa. We took the microwave for a test drive to find out more.

Here are the best Amazon Echo and Google Home deals for Black Friday

Google Home and Amazon Echo smart speakers compete head to head when it comes to smart home tech. Whether you're a fan of Alexa or Google Home, we've found the best prices on your favorite smart home devices.
Smart Home

Wynd’s new air-purifying bundle lets smart home owners breathe easier

Wynd is already well known in the tech industry for its popular Kickstarter-backed air purifier and now the company is launching two new products designed to improve air quality to inform smart home owners.
Smart Home

Google Assistant adds smart home bells and whistles in time for the holidays

Just in time for the holidays, Google Assistant is introducing a bunch of new smart home features, including the ability to reply to broadcast messages, create and use cookbooks, and access enhanced storybook content for kids.
Smart Home

Brew it fast, hot, and flavorful with our favorite coffee makers

Whether you're looking for a simple coffee maker to get you through the morning or a high-end brewer that will impress your taste buds and your friends, you'll find some of the best coffee makers around on this list.
Emerging Tech

These Alexa-stuffed retro phones don’t listen until you take them off the hook

Looking for an Amazon Echo with a cool vintage touch? Los Angeles-based Grain Design is taking old, non-working antique phones and transforming them into amazing Alexa smart speakers.
Smart Home

This alarm clock uses targeted light and sound to wake you, but not your partner

The Wake v2 isn't like your typical bedside alarm. Instead, it wakes you by shining a soft light directly into your face, thereby not disturbing the person sharing a bed with you. Pretty smart, huh?

All the best Amazon Black Friday deals for 2018

Amazon may be an online-only retailer, but that doesn’t mean its Black Friday sales are anything to sniff at. In fact, due to its online status, Amazon has huge flexibility with the range of products and deals it can offer. Here's our…