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3D TV… Does Anyone Really Care?

Published March 31, 2010 - 1 Comment

I have to admit I’m getting a little sick of the whole “3D TV” talk.  I only just upgraded into the realm of LCD TVs a very short while ago, and really that was only just barely a toe in the water.  My Dynex LCD looks great, but isn’t exactly a technological masterpiece.  I could have spent much more money and gone with a brand name that doesn’t elicit questionable looks whenever someone asks me what TV I own.  But it works.  Well… the 2nd one works.  The first one had issues.

So I’ve told myself that I’m not going to look at TVs ads anymore.  I’ve changed the name of my savings account from TV to… don’t laugh… treadmill… and I generally skip over the pages showing new TVs.  After a couple of years of watching the prices of LCDs and plasmas tumble to ridiculously low levels, I have my TV and I’m done following the latest trends.

Or so I thought.

It’s hard to ignore the latest craze.  Half the podcasts that I watch mention 3D announcements in one form or another.  I walk into work, and people are talking about 3D TVs.  They’re prominently displayed in the FutureShop flier.  There are even 3D glasses listed there for the bargain price of $249/pair. 

But is anyone actually buying 3D TVs?  I don’t know anyone who’s even seriously mulling the idea over.  I know that every technology goes through its early adoption phase, and if successful, gradually mainstream interest will erode the price barrier.  But I’m still  having a hard time wrapping my brain around why on earth I would even want a 3D TV in my living room.  Yes, Avatar was certainly spectacular, but honestly… I think I would have said the exact same thing had I seen the 2D version.  They went the extra mile to make it look amazing.  Simply because something is presented in 3D does not necessarily make it spectacular.  There are plenty of real-life examples of that in your own life.

Do I really want a TV that I have to wear glasses to watch?  Isn’t that going to be a pain when you’re casually watching something, while doing something else?  I regularly have the TV on while I’m folding laundry or some other mundane task.  I glance up when something interests me.  Do I want to put on glasses to do that?  And what about these glasses?  I can’t find my remote control at the best of times because it’s fallen somewhere.  How am I going to keep track of these things?  And what if someone comes over?  Do they have to carry 3D glasses around with them?  I dunno.   Maybe it works just fine if you watch it without the glasses.  Maybe I’m making a mountain out of a molehill.  I honestly don’t know. 

All I can say for sure is that I like my TV viewing experience the way it is now.