Originally Posted by j007m
Report: Majority of Consumers Not Interested in 3DTV
Posted by Shane Smith on Dec 21, 2010 under news
Backers and buyers of 3DTVs may be disappointed by recent data released by research giant Nielsen, which reveal that the majority of consumers both worldwide and in the US are unlikely to buy 3DTV sets.
According to Nielsen’s numbers, only 3% of surveyed consumers in the US expressed interest in purchasing a 3DTV during the next 12 months. That number goes up to about 10% when worldwide consumers are factored in.
Still grimmer for the 3DTV movement is the percentage of American respondents who declared that they would not be purchasing 3D sets, which stands at nearly 60%.
3D in the home, at least at this point, still comes across as an overpriced gimmick to the majority of consumers, especially Americans. Do you think that perception will ever change, Insiders, or will 3DTV join the ranks of the Laser Disc and DAT in a few years?
Surveys and polls are like a-holes; They're everywhere. I just heard on the radio that Pres. Obama has been named (for the 3rd time in a row) the Most Admired Man in the world. And Hillary Clinton is Most Admired Woman. Link Here
In other words, I don't know who they're polling and where they're getting their data, but if you listen to most people, these two rank pretty low on the admiration list -- unless the list you had to select from was very short.
So I take that survey about 3D tv with a grain of salt. It's only a general survey, and what does Nielsen tend to gain by the 3D movement? Sales numbers and other factors are the bigger indicator and besides, this thing has just begun. I mean, when has any "new" technology taken off with a BANG? They haven't even ironed out the compatibility issues or came up with a "standard". Sure, 1.4 HDMI is the new kid on the block, but for how long? Not long ago we had Blu-Ray vs HD-DVD, and we just went to an all Digital (no analog) TV signal. Give it time. I mean, look at the cost of flat panel monitors. I never thought you'd see a 17 or 19" LCD monitor in the sub $100 range, but there they are. Soon enough, every TV will be capable of 3D and not long after that, they probably won't even need TV's to project the image, just some hologram.
Even myself, I was against 3D and decided to buy a 1080p projector instead of the 720p 3D projector I really wanted, but here I am, 4 months later and I'm really looking forward to buying a 720p 3D projector. People change... I mean, I really hated FPS games, but 3 weeks ago I got sucked into playing Fallout 3 on my Xbox and man... if only it was in 3D... and the rest is history. Hopefully by next weekend I'll be playing this game via my HTPC instead of the Xbox.