3D telly dropping fast
The last two telly makers to support the standard are giving up on 3D this year
LG and Sony have decided to kill off the standard this year. None of their TVs, including the high-end OLED TV models, will be able to show 3D movies and TV shows.
The 3D feature has been offered on select televisions since 2010, when the theatrical success of “Avatar” in 3D helped encourage renewed interest in the technology.
Despite enthusiasm at the box office and years of 3D TVs being available at affordable prices, the technology never really caught on at home.
There are plenty of 3D Blu-ray discs still being released, such as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” but if you want to watch them at home you’ll need a TV from 2016 or earlier — or a home theatre projector.
Sales of 3D home video gear have declined every year since 2012. According to data from the NPD Group, 3D TV represents just eight percent of total TV sales dollars for the full year of 2016, down from 16 percent in 2015 and 23 percent in 2012. Native 3D-capable Blu-ray players fell to just 11 percent of the market in 2016, compared to 25 percent in 2015 and 40 percent in 2012.
The big problem is that while people like 3D they never use it because of the arsing around with glasses. Higher quality pictures using 4K have made the picture good and most people are happy with what they see.
Going to the movies and seeing 3D is a different concept and people are happier to have that experience.