Earlier this week it was announced that “3D TV is dead”, but what does this actually mean?
For many people that have a modern smart TV you likely have a “3D Mode” on your TV that you can enable. This is something I have on my TV, and until about 3 weeks ago when I lent on the remote, I didn’t realize you could even activate it on general TV. TV’s like the one that I own (A Samsung TV a couple of years old now) always have had an application on the menu where you had the option to download TV Shows and movies that are “3D Enabled” but for a price.
I suspect that the main reason for the "death" of 3D TV is the fact that it simply was never very well marketed, while the TV was advertised as one of the major selling features being its 3D settings, there was next to no information on to properly utilize such a feature. The other issue that many people that will have used it I am sure will have come across like myself, is that unless you have a decent surround sound system, then you will get the 3D feel, but not a truly immersive experience that really makes 3D worthwhile having as a feature. So yes, for a very small and select set of people, the 3D experience will be an amazing one, and something that you would look forward to however for so many people like myself, it was always just such a hassle, ensuring the 3D glasses were charged up, then as you only got 2 of them in the box you had to go and buy more. This entire experience just didn’t make it a smooth and easy one, and that is a reason that I suspect the sales for 3D enabled TV’s were declining.
A slightly different area that was raised on the news with regards to 3D experience in the cinema, and how that is declining and is also “dead”. The main issue other articles have raised with this is how you have to buy the glasses and how the ticket price is more expensive than a normal ticket, while this is all true I have always found it to be a better experience. Generally, the 3D experience is far far better than the standard 2D experience, the sound is amazing and the 3D feel is just good. Its never caused me pain when I’ve experienced it. Personally I do not see 3D going away from the cinema any time soon, simply because it is still popular, and there is still a demand for that type of experience. I do not doubt that when VR is refined to a better stage and that can be ran in cinemas on scale that VR will be the next step, and when that happens I am sure that it will not be far behind being accessible to the general consumer, and I really do look forward to that day, it should be amazing to see.
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