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Chris Soucy September 15th, 2011 05:08 PM

The Death of 3-D (again!)?
Hope this is the right place for this.

Hugely interesting article on the subject and even more interesting list of comments afterwards.

Four theories on the death of 3-D. - By Daniel Engber - Slate Magazine


Andrew Smith September 17th, 2011 12:09 PM

Re: The Death of 3-D (again!)?
From this article "Networks test loyalty with sneaky shifts" the following quote:

"Of least importance to the respondents was 3D television, with most dismissing it as a gimmick. Instead, they'd prefer top-rating shows such as Packed to the Rafters and Underbelly to be screened in high-definition."


Allan Black September 17th, 2011 03:01 PM

Re: The Death of 3-D (again!)?
Thanks Andrew and Chris .. a well written Slate article which I subscibe to, the article that is, but who has the time to follow all the included links :)

I found one that's also interesting .. The Illusion of Reality in Stereoscopy.

One area that might arrest the fall and eventual demise of 3D movies is 'very good' glasses free 3D TV, showing sport and kids programs. Both those programs don't need much cash (comparatively) in their productions and they can easily follow up with more of the same for their audiences.

This would teach the TV production companies more about 3D which in turn would pass on to the movie folk .. and once the wrinkles are ironed out and the kids grow up with 3D, then it might survive. That is, if good stories are told.

It'll be interesting to see how the sales figures of consumer 3D cameras perform, I don't think they'll take off for a number of reasons. The lack of replay facilites, the lack of 3D production knowledge by the consumers and they'll be aligned to the present fall of 3D movies.

When stereo recordings on LP records first appeared, the sound was produced to play hard left and right, with nothing in the middle. I think 3D video is in the same area at present.

At the world Expo in Shanghai last year, we saw glasses free 3D TV and while it was a Seimens test set, there was great interest in it with long queues.
It could also eventually be a keep up with the Jones thing for consumers.


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