First of all the thread is in the wrong place at AVS. It should be moved to the other location
where similar editorial opinions are being discussed. This forum section is for technical discussions of 3D content and content creation.
As far as Zitter is concerned, He is an old TV exec who is about to retire from HBO. His expertise is in HBO programming not in 3D, obviously.
His opinion is that 3DTV with glasses is "dead." Obviously he is out of touch with the consumer retail end of the industry as 3D TV WITH GLASSES is the only TV being sold right now and the latest set designs are including passive 3D ( with glasses) as more and more a standard feature. Maybe he needs to go out and visit a store rather than just write an editorial on some misinformed opinion. The only glasses free TV today are still in development and if he went to walk the floor at CES he would understand how stupid he appears making a statement like "3D with glasses is dead". Most people I know who have 3DTv don't mind having to wear the glasses and have been made used to it over the decades of s3D viewing as the norm. What is not normal today is glasses free 3DTV. While people would love to have glasses free 3DTV, not having it doesn't render 3DTV with glasses dead.
I am with you Roger on the 4K TV size issue and as such, also in agreement with Zitter here. 4K will be a niche market for homes with screens in the 80" plus range or 3D passive TVs in the 47" plus range. I defer to the demographics experts on how big a market that may be. But we had this debate once with TV's that got bigger than 25" decades ago and again when TV's got bigger than 50" Moving to 84" and bigger is just another paradigm shift as we saw before. Zitter just believes that people have reached their limit with the 50" size so therefore 4K TV is superfluous.
The truth is that HBO, the oldest subscription cable Movie service is the one that is dying. They are losing subscribers to the new age of IPTV fast after suffering many years of stagnant growth as a cable channel business model. HBO is not ready financially to add 3DTV and 4K services to it's lineup and is afraid that the market will demand it sooner than they can offer it. It behooves them to talk it down anyway they can to preserve their recent investment in HD and DD5.1 library conversion. Zitter's negative comments on new TV technology is just a sign that he fears his company falling behind new companies like Netflix, HULU, VUDU and Amazon as well as itunes. These IP services are taking a huge bite from HBO's once dedicated market.