I have to admit that I am intrigued with the concept of a 3D TV.
I have fond memories of watching King Kong with blue and red
glasses as a child, and seeing the Star Wars ride on a trip to Disney
Land. And the technology has come a long, long way since
then. When movies started coming out in theaters over the
past year or two I was thinking that it might be one of the only ways
to get me to leave the comforts of my home and endure the annoyance
that is a theater. Granted, I do like the larger screen and
better sound quality, as well as not having to wait months to watch a
movie that everyone is talking about, but when I watch a movie I want
to get immersed in it and having someone talking or chewing popcorn
right behind me, or kicking my set, takes away from the experience.
That and the fact that a Blu-Ray disk costs about the same as
going to the theater for two people.
With tecnology the way it is today, a theater and a home entertainment
system are pretty equivalent. There are some pros and cons
for each, but most people see these as being interchangable.
With the increase in the amount of 3D movies it was giving
theaters back the edge they had been losing over the past years.
And now TVs are coming out that can eliminate yet another
benefit that was being offered. We are still a little ways
away from commercial 3D TV sets, at least in price points that are not
astronomical with quality that is acceptable, but the concept is there,
and one that I plan to be watching.
As I was writing this I got a timely e-mail from Futuresource claiming
that "More than 10% of US and Japanese households
will be '3D enabled' by 2012, Western Europe not far behind".
It is a good sign!