Originally Posted by Ghpr13
I still don't understand how the CE industry thinks they can bank on 3D for the home when it will always be a limited technology dependent on so many other factors.
That's a good point. I think the primary application is going to be gaming, although the 3D video content seems to get more attention. I believe I will spend many more hours playing games on the PS3 than I will watching 3D movies. 3D channels will come in time, but I don't think the industry can bank on them to drive sales yet. Here's why I believe that:
I was in the perfect position - I needed a new TV, I had saved for a large screen anyway, and I already had a PS3 for my 3D Blu-ray player. Because of the upgrade cost to the new Dish receiver I switched to D* and cut my monthly cost in the process, but that was just gravy.
Now I've had this for a couple of weeks, and I've got the tv and lighting calibrated so I know what to expect. The 3D movies are awesome! As I've said here before, I couldn't see 3D content growing up due to eye surgery, but this new technology works for me. Watching some of the D* 3D items are pretty cool, but the movies are much better with the 7.1 surround, etc. But in order to watch every 3D movie coming out, it appears that ebay is going to be the cheapest outlet, and I use the word 'cheap' loosely. I simply won't be able to buy them all. But the Playstation Network has released several 3D game upgrades and a couple of new games, and that's plenty to keep me entertained for a long time. For watching most of my tv/movie content, the 2D mode is fine.
So if movies are going to be slow in coming, what's the next best thing? Sports! The National Championship game would be in 3D - so I set my DVR to record both the ESPN HD feed and the ESPN 3D feed separately. I watched the whole thing in 3D to see how the experience would feel. It honestly took me a full quarter of the game to realize that it wasn't just the 'regular' ESPN feed with a different picture - it was a different set of graphics, different announcers, and (for better or worse) different commercials! The game and the effects were awesome, but I believe the announcers went a little overboard going "Wow - look at that - in 3D too!" Duh.
After it was over, ESPN 3D dumped you back to the floating D* 3D logo. So I switched back to ESPN HD and watched the post game... and it looked better. It was brighter... it was more vibrant... and it was 2D. So yeah, I'm an early adopter and I don't regret anything. But I don't think the technology is so seamless that everyone will adopt it. My wife tolerated 3 hours of watching a ballgame with me wearing glasses because she knew it was a big deal (to me). But there's no way to have the gang over to watch the game in 3D without paying a lot for glasses and hoping that no one else minds the image being slighly darker. So this is absolutely worth my investment and Avatar will be great, but the tech definitely has room to grow. To answer the OP's question I do believe this is more than a fad and isn't going away. However, that doesn't mean that this is for everyone for even for all types of content. If 2% of TVs sold were 3D then maybe that's somewhere in the middle.