Full disclosure, I have yet to actually see a 3D TV. With that being said, the only question I have is…why? Since when did 3D TV become the next logical evolution of television? I don’t remember, at any time, the market demanding that television require glasses to be enjoyed, or that people be able to reach out and grab the cheese cake on the set of the Golden Girls.
Director James Cameron, who has obviously become a 3D fetishist since the release of Avatar, is now urging that television producers embrace the burgeoning 3D TV technology. This from Reuters:
“(Big entertainment companies) can’t be afraid to shoot in 3D because tens of thousands of people all over the world are shooting in 3D every day,” Cameron said.
“We’re going to have 3D TVs all around us … and we’re going to need thousands of hours of sports, comedy and music and all kinds of entertainment,” he said at a technology forum in Seoul.
I’m sorry; I’m just not buying it. 3D is, at best, a novelty. It works in small doses in movie and IMAX theaters, but as the new standard of home viewing? I think not.
There’s a reason that 3D movies flared up in the 1950’s and then died a quick death…it doesn’t really add anything to the movie going experience. A movie that can be enjoyed in 3D can just as easily be enjoyed in 2D, which is why most 3D movies today, including Cameron’s Avatar, are presented in both formats in the theater.
Don’t believe the hype, the transition from 2D to 3D is not a step in television akin to black and white to color. Cameron and others are pushing something onto the market that it never demanded.