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The Death of 3D TV


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Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to mourn the passing of the 3D TV. With the latest news and developments at the recent Consumer Electronic’s Show, it’s finally official – 3D is dead.

But who’s mourning, really? Probably those who had just recently shelled out a ton of their hard-earned cash to get a shiny new whiz-bang 3D set, but as for me, I was always one of those who saw 3D TV technology as a needless gimmick.

Compared to viewers of other TV innovations like, say, HD, the 3D demographic just isn’t there yet. Nor will it ever be, me thinks. Experts have calculated that 3D TV only had a mediocre market penetration of around 20{70e867cd2e68ee364b0db292aa41535b9c15b30eb7036e6526ebd577e85c0c0a} as 2012 came to a close, without even any assurance of if people who signed up for 3D liked them or even knew about them.

TV companies are now diverting their attentions to further push the limits on content and consumption through other TV tech like higher 4K and 8K resolutions, and OLED.

From the looks of things, there are two likely ways it will play out for 3D TV. One is that as the tech isn’t anything special anymore, it doesn’t look like  a lot of companies would shell out for further development. However, as the technology is already there, 3D would likely be included  as a commodity on most standard sets in the future – that way it wouldn’t matter to a home viewer whether a show would come out in 3D or not  so long as they don’t mind the dorky glasses.

On the other, hand, 3D might just have its last hurrah in the most unlikely of saviors – Hollywood. 3D is still obviously large in the film industry and 3D films translate to 3D videos ala Bluray. This support might just keep 3D in a half-life for a bit more.

Either way, it’s obviously clear. 3D is dead, and it’s best to set our sights on other things for the future.


About the author:

Lindsey is a home theater enthusiast who doesn’t let 3D glasses get in the way of a good boobtube session. She gets all her TV-related info and services from

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