Originally Posted by Mr.D
Man are you going to be eating those words in the next 18 months
I am VERY much looking forward to what you might be talking about!
I think what some folks here are missing is that no one is forcing anyone to watch 3D. There are a tremendous amount of new productions in the works to hit the theaters in 2011 and 2012, from Spiderman, to Batman, and more.
and the reason is simple... There are plenty of people who prefer 3D and are willing to pay extra to see it. But there will still be the 2D versions available to watch for those who don't. Seems fine to me..
And no one HAS to upgrade their sets either, but in all likelihood, 3D compatibility is going to become pretty standard on good LCD and plasma flat screens fairly soon, making it a no brainer for new owners to try it.
The real difference is going to be the QUALITY of the 3D that people are watching. I thought the Panasonic 3D plasma set was really superb until I saw the first test output from my dual projector test setup, which frankly blew it out of the water - much brighter, and no flickering.
Yet many folks here have seen 3D displays inferior to the Pannys also, so it's hard to get an idea based on that.
Arguably, the best 3D you can see right now is in a cinema, but yet my test setup has blown most of the cinema presentations out of the water also. But most people will never be able to see my setup and understand what I mean by that.
Then add to that, asinine attempts at 3D conversions from 2D, such as The Last Airbender. I'm singling this out, because I watched only 5 minutes of that crap and had to turn it off laughing. In the very first scenes, their fur coats were "stretched" out behind them like they had a rack of 10 more attached to their backs. It was ludicrous, and I can't believe they allowed that into the cinema that way.
So the only way forward is to produce native 3D content for now. I have yet to see the new Terranex 2D to 3D converter, but hope it's good enough to allow on-the-fly conversion of any 2D films I may choose to watch. But it's hard to believe it will match native.
So there are a lot of native 3D productions in the pipe, which I am looking forward to. And as the catalog grows, it may tempt more folks to use the feature on their new sets.
No one will force folks to ditch their new HD sets, but over time folks will upgrade their sets, even if they see 3D as a worthless freebie. Others will upgrade specifically for 3D also, of course.
Thanks to the standards in place now, the 3D display capability will become much more commonplace. Not everyone will use it, but FAR more folks will have access to it than before.