3D was the big thing a few years ago. Hell, it can still be a big thing, but every time I walk into an electronics store, I see a lonely set of foggy 3D glasses near an expensive TV no one is going to buy. So is 3D dead? I talk to a lot of early adopters and tech junkies, and to me; it just doesn’t seem like 3D is taking off. At all. With 4k TV’s infiltrating our living rooms (they can broadcast 3d) I think a clearer, sharper image may take precedence over watching your favorite Pixar movies in eye-popping 3D. No one wants to wear glasses anyways. Especially if you already wear glasses.
So the BBC seems to be putting the first nail in the mainstream 3D coffin, as they are pulling their 3D broadcasting after their 2-year ‘pilot season’ they allotted for the technology. Yes, Dr Who’s 50th anniversary will be in 3D, and so will be Wimbledon but after that: gone. You blew it 3D, no one loves you.
Kim Shillinglaw of the BBC confirmed it.
“I have never seen a very big appetite for 3D television in the UK. Watching 3D is quite a hassly experience in the home. You have got to find your glasses before switching on the TV.”
“After that, we will see what happens when the recession ends and there may be more take-up of sets, but I think the BBC will be having a wait and see. It’s the right time for a good old pause. I am not sure our job is to call the whole 3D race,” she said.
When it comes down to it, we need 3D internet way before 3D TV. Passive experiences are lame. Then again, I don’t really like gaming in 3D either. Oh well, 3D sucks, let’s move on.