3D Content: What's Out There?

Most 3D TVs have some sort of faux-3D mode that can add a certain amount of depth to a 3D image. For that real 3D, though, you need original 3D content. There's a fair amount out there, but frustratingly, not all of it is available to everyone.

With this guide, we here at S+V will help you navigate the murky waters of the current state of 3D content.

The easiest way to get 3D content is via Blu-ray. Chances are whatever 3D TV you bought came with, or was purchased with, a 3D Blu-ray player. If not, it's important to note that without a Blu-ray player capable of 3D, you won't be able to get 3D on your TV even with 3D Blu-ray discs.

As of this writing, there are just under 30 3D Blu-ray titles available. There is sure to be more by the time you read this, so the easiest way is to just link to the Amazon page with all the 3D discs.

Notably absent from this list are several big name releases. Avatar, for one. A Panasonic exclusive until 2012, the only way to get this disc is by buying specific Panasonic 3D products. Or you could head over to eBay, where they're going for around $400. Yes, you read that right.

Samsung has exclusives like the entire Shrek film series in 3D, the excellent How to Train Your Dragon, the less excellent but still amusing Monsters vs. Aliens, and the IMAX documentaries Into the Deep and Galapagos.

Sony has an exclusive on the 3D version of Bolt.

Even Best Buy has exclusives, being the only place you buy The Last Airbender 3D Blu-ray, though why you would want to...

If you think this is a rather moronic way to get people to adopt a new technology, you would not be alone.