3D TV’s are Not Selling as Well as First Thought

3D TV’s are Not Selling as Well as First Thought


Anyone who has ever been to 3D movie is familiar with 3D entertainment. The newest thing in 3D is the introduction of the 3D TV. 3D TV gives one the ability to enjoy 3D movies, TV and video games from the comfort of their own home. When the technology first become available, many experts hailed 3D TV as the next great thing in technology. However, after a couple of years in the market, the enthusiasm has dwindled.

So why isn’t there the demand for 3d TV that many experts had predicted? Many would argue that 3D TV acceptance is coming along at a rate similar to DVD’s and HDTV back when these were emerging technologies. However, there is a large portion of the population who say they are unlikely to purchase 3D any time in the near future. These skeptical consumers offer quite a bit of insight into the future of this technology.

Many people say that one of the biggest reasons they are not interested in 3D TV is because it requires the viewer to wear special 3D glasses. Almost all 3D TV’s on the market require the 3D glasses, but most people aren’t interested in wearing special glasses while watching TV. Some say the glasses aren’t practical for their family. Many 3D TV’s come with two or three pairs of glasses, but if a family of six wants to watch something together, that will require three or four additional pairs of glasses. The glasses can cost more than $100.00 each, and are breakable. This just isn’t practical for most families. Overall this new technology can be expensive, and even other parts related to the TV can cost even more such as remotes that you can buy online.

For some people 3D isn’t practical for another reason, it’s not good for them. Up to 20% of people who try 3D will experience dizziness, headache or nausea. The reason for the nausea and dizziness is that viewing 3D sends signals to your brain that you are moving but your body is saying that it’s not moving. For people who are sensitive to motion sickness, this can cause them to feel ill. People who have glasses or contacts with different prescriptions in each eye may experience headaches because they find themselves straining their eyes, and constantly having to refocus.

Another big reason people give for not being interested in 3D TV at this time is the limited availability of content. There are only a handful of programs available to be watched in 3D at this time. Even though there is a decent selection of movies and video games, the cost is high enough that most people simply don’t feel it’s worth the cost when they are perfectly happy with their HDTV experience.

There is hope for 3D in the future, however. The technology continues to develop and in the future there should no longer be a need for the 3D glasses. Once the glasses become unnecessary, there will be a significant amount of people who will be willing to look at the technology. Because of the health concerns, it’s unlikely that 3D will ever replace the current HDTV market for family television viewing, but it’s likely to become an increasingly popular niche in TV technology.