For a long time, 3-D was just a goofy distraction from bad movies. Then 3-D started to look like a profitably goofy distraction from bad movies, and suddenly everyone wanted a piece. Everyone, that is, except home consumers.
You'll take our 3-D, and you'll like it
News that Panasonic
The three manufacturers have decided to go full speed ahead anyway, forging a partnership with Xpand 3-D to make Bluetooth-enabled active-shutter glasses. That's right; you'll get the privilege of paying an extra $100 or more per person to watch the few programs your expensive TV actually offers in the format. Making these specs the standard format could reduce their cost, but many consumers are perfectly happy to upgrade to a more affordable HDTV, which allows everyone in the living room to enjoy television without extra hardware. If you must have a 3-D TV, you could simply keep the RealD
Wait for something better
I don't know about you, but my viewing experience hasn't been markedly improved by the presence of 3-D. A Nielsen survey conducted last year found that most people were happy to keep their 2-D TVs. Fifty-seven percent cited the use of glasses as a major issue, which doesn't surprise me. There's been scant adoption of in-home 3-D, and even a RealD agreement with Samsung to put 3-D-enabled screens on Dell
My advice? Wait for the next evolution. Like WebTV (now Microsoft's
Do you agree with my assumptions, or do you see a future through specially tinted glasses? Have your say in the comments section.
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