In our past articles, we have talked about the drawbacks of 3D TV – the major ones being the lack of content and the need for annoying glasses.
Well, this year at the CES, 3D TV is still being pushed… hard. While last year they were just showing off 3D TV, this year they are trying to tackle the downsides of the idea so they can try to convince the world that 3D TV can be mainstream.
How are they doing this? Well, there are a couple ways.
First, bigger demos. To your left you will see a ridiculous picture of me wearing ridiculous 3D glasses. This picture was taken at the Panasonic 3D TV demo display. It is a huge set of bleachers with about 30 TVs hanging on the wall. As you walk into the exhibit, you are handed a set of 3D glasses and take a seat. Soon a Panasonic rep walks out and starts to give the pitch.
While last year had displays and demos, they were more about showing off the ability to watch 3D TV. This year it’s not. That brings me to the second difference.
The sales pitch this year was about the 3D Content. It’s almost as if they were saying “ok, last year we screwed up because there was no content, so we are going to make up for it this year”. They told us about all the DVD’s and all the content that was coming from satellite providers and another really big one that i couldn’t quite swallow.
3D Camcorders. Yep, just in case you don’t get any broadcasts in 3d or you don’t want to buy 3D content, you can now make your own! Just buy the 3D camcorder and shoot your home videos in 3D so you can watch them in 3D on your 3D TV that you should also buy.
Hmm… Sounds expensive.
So, I think that leads me to the point of this post.
TV makers are not giving up on 3D. By the time they are done with you, you WILL be wearing goofy 3D glasses while watching 3D content bought from your satellite provider / retail store or watching the 3D videos you shot with the 3D camera you bought along with your 3D TV. Got It? NOW GO BUY ONE.
Well, at least that the impression that I got.
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