3D Television — Will It Ever Catch On?

Television manufacturers are always looking to out-do one another since their products — televisions — have a very long life cycle. Most people replace their televisions only when the unit stops working properly. However, the manufacturers have been trying for years to get people to move to the long-sought-after 3D television.

3D television isn’t what most people think of when they think of 3D. But then again, 3D movies aren’t exactly hitting the archetype that most people have in mind. 3D television (and movies) still require viewers to wear special glasses since the lighting and film effects will show up blurry to the human eye. Filters are necessary to make the 3D effect work. However, since most people will not wear glasses just to sit around and watch television, very few studios are making the effort to make their productions available in 3D. Since few studios are working in 3D, that’s less incentive for people to make use of their television’s 3D features. Just recently, ESPN announced that it is going to cease its own 3D sports broadcasting, citing low viewership and lackluster adoption rates.

3D television has been something that many people say they want but it never seems to pan out. Video gamers are about the only ones who embrace the technology enthusiastically because they don’t mind wearing the glasses while playing games (but generally do not wear them or use the 3D feature when just watching normal television). Still, one benefit of the explosion in 3D-capable televisions has been lowered pricing and greater availability. Perhaps soon someone will figure out how to create a show that people will want to watch only in 3D.

How about you? If you have (or had) a 3D television, would you make use of the feature?