Will 3D be a Phoenix?
It's extremely unfortunate for 3D fans, but there appears to be no possibility that any company will make even a limited series of 3D TVs for devoted fans of the genre. When we consider that remaining 3D sets are selling for a high price, especially those OLED sets that haven't suffered burn-in, it seems odd that no company will take advantage of the world-wide demand for 3D, knowing that such a company will be the only one offering 3D. But it makes no sense to harp about the fact; it is what it is.
Yet, consistent rumors and so-called leaked spec sheets (none of which I've actually seen) give rise to the possibility that 3D might very well have a future, and a surprisingly robust one. I don't believe it will be enough to have a 4k 3D image on an 8k TV, using passive-shutter glasses, as it would be too much like the same old thing. What will be unique, though, is having an 8k glasses-free 3D image.
We know that prototypes of glasses-free 3D have already been made, although the results are so far disappointing, but the power of an 8k set might allow the technology to leap the final hurdle. Perhaps that might happen within the next 15 years or so. And if glasses-free 8k 3D becomes standard, how it's delivered might be interesting. Broadcast stations will never have the power to display 8k 3D, so I believe it will be the province of either disc or download. Discs would be too limited, I think, and so 8k 3D movies would be bought or rented from services that would allow a movie to be downloaded into a DVR (streaming would be too unreliable). As is the case today, a rented movie would automatically be deleted from a DVR, while a purchased movie could be deleted from a DVR at leisure and always be available in a customer's library. I would guess that in 25 years this type of movie delivery will be standard, and disc systems will be almost entirely non-existent.
If I'm right, today's 3D (what's left of it) will be seen as the second of three evolved steps toward what will one day be a standard display format. Broadcast programs will always be 2D, while downloading will always be in 8k 3D. But if so, that begs an obvious question--since TV manufacturers have to sell units to stay in business, what in the world can they possibly think of to top glasses-free 8k 3D?