Will 3D TV ever catch on?
By Sarah Klein
soon as your CD collection was complete, the iPod was born. You just
transferred all your favorite movies to DVD, then along came Blu-ray.
Seems like every new piece of technology quickly becomes an outdated
piece of technology.
So when buzz started generating for 3D television, it was often met with a mixture of skepticism and indifference.
on the actual number of 3D TVs sold is hard to come by. Some reports
suggest that consumers have spent upwards of $55 million in the three
short months since Sony, Panasonic, and Samsung 3D sets became
available. But at $5,000 a pop, that number is suddenly much less
There’s not even a standard type of 3D set to choose
from. Essentially, the two options boil down to a cheap TV with
expensive 3D glasses, or an expensive set with cheap specs, according
to the New Yorker, which reports that the former seems to be the general preference.
don’t even bother checking into a 3D TV if you don’t get your signal
from DirecTV, Comcast, or AT&T’s U-verse, as those are the only
current providers of 3D programming.
Even if you do happen to
be a customer of one of those providers, there’s still not much you can
actually watch. DirecTV offers 3D content from CBS, Fox Sports, MTV,
NBC and a few others. ESPN has aired a bunch of the World Cup games in
3D and some pay-per-view channels are showing IMAX movies. Sony doesn’t
plan to launch its 24/7 3D channel with Discovery and IMAX content
until January 2011.
The continued concern over the health risks
associated with 3D TV might also be a drag on sales. The laundry list
of potential problems includes lightheadedness, dizziness,
eye-twitching, confusion, nausea, convulsions, and disorientation, to
name just a few. Even manufacturers are warning viewers not to watch
3D TV if they are pregnant, elderly, or have been drinking, and that
wearing 3D glasses for too long could be harmful.
consumer products, 3D TV is certain to improve as time goes on, with
cheaper prices and more programming choices helping to offset safety
concerns, which may turn out to be exaggerated anyway. But if you ever
needed an argument against being an early-adopter of new consumer
technology, then 3D TV has made a heck of a case!