3D HDTV sales slow so far, still expected to be awesome by 2014

3D HDTV sales slow so far, still expected to be awesome by 2014

Summary: With next-to-no compatible content, high prices, and a glacial economic recovery, it really should be no surprise that 3D HDTVs haven't set the world afire since their introduction earlier this year. According to a new DisplaySearch report, roughly 1.

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With next-to-no compatible content, high prices, and a glacial economic recovery, it really should be no surprise that 3D HDTVs haven't set the world afire since their introduction earlier this year. According to a new DisplaySearch report, roughly 1.6 million 3D sets will be shipped this year, which amounts to only 2 percent of all flat-panel TVs shipped.

Nonetheless, the research firm still believes 3D TVs will become a sizable minority of sets purchased in the coming years -- 41 percent by 2014. DisplaySearch attributes that to a wider range of 3D displays, lower prices, and increased 3D content. Meanwhile, back in 2010, the number of 3D glasses sold in Western Europe amounts to fewer than one pair per 3D TV, which means many 3D sets are being purchased but aren't being used to watch 3D content.

What goes unstated in DisplaySearch's press release is that there's also a resistance that many viewers will have to donning glasses just to watch TV in their living room. Perhaps there will be a killer app -- 3D sports, perhaps -- that will break down the stigma, and children won't mind wearing the specs, but those of us who've grown up not watching TV with special glasses will have a tough time adjusting. The best solution is 3D technology that won't require any glasses to discern the extra dimension, though that's still a few years away from being ready for mainstream TV production.

Have you purchased a 3D TV yet? If so, was it worth being one of the first to do so? If not, what's keeping you from buying one? Let us know in the Comments section.

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  • 3DTV is a non-starter for me.

    I couldn't connect the box to my (communal) satellite system, would have to pay more for the service anyway, and have <b>zero</b> intention of wearing special 3D glasses just to watch television. (People pay $$$ for laser eye surgery to be able to live without glasses, and are then expected to pay more $$$ for a <u>TV set</u> that means they need another pair again? Come on!!!)
    Zogg
    • RE: 3D HDTV sales slow so far, still expected to be awesome by 2014

      @Zogg

      I agree. I had to stop my mom from buying one and told her that in a couple years you will see 3D TVs that do not require glasses and hopefully cheaper.
      bobiroc
      • RE: 3D HDTV sales slow so far, still expected to be awesome by 2014

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        lincc324
    • Agreed. A 3D turd is still a turd

      @Zogg

      There are nights when having 50 channels means there is still nothing to watch... and I seriously need a 3D TV? If it wasn't for some sporting events I'd pull the plug on cable altogether.
      croberts
  • RE: 3D HDTV sales slow so far, still expected to be awesome by 2014

    I dont like the 3D movies, why would i spend extra money on a 3D tv?
    tiderulz
  • Just not interested...

    I've tried 3D, and it has very "artificial" look about it. To be honest, it gave me a headache after a short time.

    1080p is very good, and I just don't see 3D as a compelling product at this time.
    trickytom3
  • RE: 3D HDTV sales slow so far, still expected to be awesome by 2014

    I like the idea of the 3D HDTV but its still way overpriced.
    Loverock Davidson
  • 3d is doa

    i think it is pretty sure to say that the whole 3d "trend" is just a gimmick and will die soon. i would go as far as to say: even in theaters. besides some high end projects (avatar 2, battle angel) most movies will be only in 2d again in the coming years.
    banned from zdnet
    • RE: 3D HDTV sales slow so far, still expected to be awesome by 2014

      @banned from zdnet doubtful
      blueskip
  • Airline Bag Dispensers

    You need one with every 3D TV...
    cyberslammer
  • Then what would a 2D TV look like? Is that even possible?

    My Samsung 8 series is 3D. It has Height, Width, Depth and wieghs about 65lbs. And that's without glasses!
    Ratclif
  • RE: 3D HDTV sales slow so far, still expected to be awesome by 2014

    Not interested. The glasses take away multitasking (are you really going to wear the glasses while folding the laundry or catching up on some work?). Also, in a theatre where the screen takes up your entire field of vision 3D gives you that "you are part of the action" feeling but at home all you get is the objects reaching through a window effect that never elevates above gimmicky.
    troytruax
    • RE: 3D HDTV sales slow so far, still expected to be awesome by 2014

      @troytruax Ecellent point.
      Ratclif
  • 3D gaming?

    Does anyone here have any experience with 3D gaming yet? I don't but I'm wondering if it seems like it will have a future. Mafia2 is supposed to support 3D but I think the reviews so far might be bias.
    Ratclif
  • RE: 3D HDTV sales slow so far, still expected to be awesome by 2014

    Before I would consider buying one there would:

    1. Manufacturers need to perfect the techology so you could watch the 3-D without glasses from a reasonable angle and distance.

    2. The price of the sets would have to significantly drop.
    pauliw25
  • RE: 3D HDTV sales slow so far, still expected to be awesome by 2014

    Nothing but a gimmick, I could see the nerd crowd having to have the newest and greatest nerd toy. But get real! I wear prescription glasses as is. Why would I want to have to wear glasses on top of my glasses. Please note, no intent or slur was intended towards nerds maybe I should have said techno-geeks. The ones that always have to be one up on the rest of the world! How many TV programs are aired in 3D? How many computer programs or CD's are there in 3D??? My guess probably not many? So why would I spend my hard earned money on something that in all probability will "fall flat on it's face"? P.T. Barnum said it best: There's a sucker born every minute!
    Disgruntled_MS_User
  • It's never going to happen James Cameron

    3D isn't anything new. For decades it's been available and it isn't going to take off. It'll be like video on LPs and Laser Disc. A few people will really like it.
    The main issue is that it's an optical illusion. People generally are not comfortable with it because humans are 3D beings with 2D vision. Our brains interpret objects as 3D when they can see perspective. It's why we have 2 eyes to we can see things in perspective. Lens focus and lighting techniques in 2D films will always be superior to 3D of any kind because we are all humans with only 2D vision.
    I figure the latest 3D craze will pass just like the one from the 80's and the one from the 50s.
    kwabinalars
    • RE: 3D HDTV sales slow so far, still expected to be awesome by 2014

      @kwabinalars You need to learn to read before you spout. The 3D that has been available for "decades" is NOTHING like the quality of what's available now. Even worse is your explanation that has numerous incorrect "facts" in it.
      blueskip
  • RE: 3D HDTV sales slow so far, still expected to be awesome by 2014

    Just bought a Panny 42 G25 plasma. The 3D version was $1000 more. No thxs.
    sysgen.cpu
  • RE: 3D HDTV sales slow so far, still expected to be awesome by 2014

    I have one of the Samsung 3D Plasma TV's and my family, especially the Grandchildren, love it. I am 61 years old and have no problem wearing the 3D glasses.

    To get the best price on any TV now of days is to bargain, even with the big box stores. Because they want your business, they will meet or beat web advertisements, even if their posted policy states otherwise. You have to be willing to walk out if they won't and go to another store.

    The only drawback is the lack of 3D Blu-ray moives but this will change just as video tape movies gave way to dvd moives.

    One good thing is that DirecTv is already offering a preview, a ppv and a sports channel in 3D.

    It is your choice as to weither or not you want 3D. The main idea is to enjoy that which pleases you.
    mpf1949