While some 3D TV channels are prospering, others seem to be showing signs of giving up – at least slightly.
Direct TV’s n3D channel has switched its agenda from showing tridimensional television all day everyday to keeping 3D only for special occasions on a part time basis.
Nevertheless, the operator admitted that it’s only n3D that’s going to have one dimension taken away – other channels including ESPN 3D, Sony and IMAX among others, will be showing 3D content like they did before, especially when it comes to broadcasting the Olympic Games.
In a somewhat confusing statement (it confused us, at the very least), Consumer Reports reported DirecTV as mentioning:
“While 3D adoption continues to grow and more programming is being developed, DirecTV has decided to move n3D to a part-time channel.”
It also said that it would continue looking at interesting tridimensional content which would benefit the consumer.
However this begs to question – has the era of 3D television ended before even solidly starting?
First, the consumers admitted disliking 3D due to lack of content, and when given the content, consumers blamed the lack of time to sit around and watch films in 3D.
Admittedly, these days consumers seem to run around the house in a hurry while the telly is on – making breakfast and watching news while wearing 3D glasses just won’t do.
This leads 3DTVWatcher to suggest that instead of waving goodbye to 3D and coining it a gimmick, it’s simply better to wait for the technology to evolve to the point where it needs no glasses, no certain positioning, no special content or a 3D occasion aka family movie night.
Only then 3D may become a substitute for 2D. Or would there be yet another barrier to cross?