Monday, January 11, 2010

Well, Folks, the "experts" at CES have spoken... 3D TV is a FAD... I need to see what the Buzz is about before I prenounce it DEAD ON ARRIVAL....

Associated Press Photo: Mitsubishi 3D glasses are shown in front of an 82-inch Mitsubishi Home Theater TV with 3D-Ready technology at CES.Bloggers have questioned whether television viewers will embrace the new technology and whether it makes sense for consumers to spend thousands of dollars retrofitting their home theatres.

The onslaught of 3-D TVs has generated a lot of buzz in the Consumer Electronics Show this year. But the technology, which promises to perk up consumers’ in-home viewing experience is generating criticism in the tech blogosphere where it is being criticized as being too costly, and sometimes even inadequate.

Entrepreneur Mark Cuban thinks that 3-D TV viewing quality is not going to be superb as marketed by its developers. He explains that companies such as Sony, Vizio, and LG use conversion software to take 2-D to 3-D so it’s basically a “cheat”.

Eric Savitz of the Tech Trader Daily is skeptical that 3-D capable sets would take off with consumers anytime soon. After all, he wrote, do people really want to sit on their couches wearing goofy 3-D glasses?

Citing Phillip Swann, the editor of , Mr. Savitz showed a forecast of the television business in 2010 in which Mr. Swann wrote that 3-D TV is not ready for prime time at home, and that viewers who had spent a fortune in the past few years on flat screens may not want to shell out on 3-D. “People are not made of money,” he writes. “They are not going to go bankrupt just so they watch Avatar in 3-D at home.”

Other blogs slashed 3-D TV’s overpricing and lack of demand. 3-D sets could costs thousands of dollars, precluding consumers from adopting the technology. Impracticality is another snag. Consumers who buy 3-D TVs need 3-D goggles to go with them. Imagine rummaging through your stuff at home to locate your 3-D glasses.

Some find the whole 3-D TV experience distracting. Dan Costa of PC Magazine contends that watching a movie in 3-D becomes less about the plot and more about the effects 3-D creates. He says that wearing 3-D goggles once in a while for watching a movie in theater might be endurable, but having people watch Sunday games, for examples, with 3-D glasses strapped around their heads sounds like a long shot.

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