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The short answer is you can do it with conditions- But those conditions are like lots of hoops you have to jump through. It will require transfer of the video to a fast computer and then launch some player software such as stereoscopic player.
Another way you can do this is record to the SD card in the camcorder and then slide this SD card into a slot in the TV if your TV has this capability. Then it depends if the TV's app supports the MVC format. In most cases users testing this method report that most TV's only support 2D if at all. That is what Sony support is telling you. Another approach was to use the SD card slot in various disk players for 3D and the Play Station 3.
The Sony Camcorders you listed both have the capability to record to either internal memory of the SD card which is removable. Also, both have a USB2 connection to off load to a portable HDD such as a Western Digital PassPort. This can be done without a computer. But the HDD can only be used to play its content when connected to the camcorder. I have never had success playing from other devices. The files stored on the HDD are identical to the files used in the camcorder. Sony also makes a small disk burner that can connect directly to the camcorder but this also cannot burn 3D video for 3D playback, only 2D.
Another thing to consider is this problem- The video files recorded in the camcorder format need to be converted to a playable form before you can play them PROPERLY. This is important because a longer video clip may be stored in several files and these need to be combined before playback. So, simply copying the files to a computer or pen drive will not work 100%. You may experience truncated video, out of sync audio etc. Transfer of the files using PMB or similar software will correct this. Then these corrected files will play with stereoscopic player from your computer.
All this considering, I ramain suggesting the easiest way is to just connect the hdmi cable to the camcorder and play. If the video is archived on other media, archiving to SD cards or USB HDD can equally be played back the easiest way by connecting this media to the camcorder. The camcorder has the necessary hardware to deal with it's own video format for playback.
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