Originally Posted by Mattopotamus
I think it is too late for 3D to take off. Maybe when we get 3D without the glasses it will become more mainstream. It is sad too b.c the level of clarity and depth proper 3D provides is sipmly amazing.
Hopefully when glasses free 3D arrives it will debut on sets that actually work well. If the first glasses free 3D panels have very limited "sweet spots" where the 3D effect can be seen, I think it will do little to push the format.
I think most of the problem with 3D adoption today is that the first home TVs that offered it just did not do a very good job of actually displaying 3D content. The glasses were active shutter, heavy and uncomfortable, expensive, required batteries, and could cause eye strain for many people. If you could endure all of that, you would often experience crosstalk anyway. In my opinion, early 3D tvs were just not that great. I have a Sony active 3D set in my bedroom, and I regret buying the sensor bar and glasses for it. Its a great TV, but terrible at 3D. i think many people who were at one point moderately interested in 3D were so put off by the early models that they just wrote it off completely, and haven't given it a second thought. Maybe if manufacturers had waited to debut 3D until they had nearly perfected it (like on the 65x900a), it would be a different story.
I really don't think people are that opposed to glasses, to be honest. After all, many people still view 3d films at the theater wearing glasses with little complaint.
Lastly, it doesn't help that the cost and availability of 3D blu rays relative to their 2D counterparts is just ridiculous. The format will never succeed if the cost of a 3D blu ray edition is much higher than the "on sale" 2D edition. It's as if the studios release a 3D edition, grossly overpriced it relative to the 2D edition, and then use poor 3D sales relative to the 2D as an excuse to not do future 3D releases. And I still don't get why some films are not released in 3D blu here in the US. It make no sense to me that a film was available in 3D in the theaters would not also be available on 3D blu ray, especially if said 3D blu ray was being released in other regions.
Hopefully we will still see 3D releases, even if they are fewer and farther between. This panel just begs to be viewed in 3D, and I am happy to oblige.