Your Ability to Focus: Why 3D Television Can’t Take Off

An interesting piece from on 3DTV:

Last week the BBC reported that it would wind down broadcasting in 3D by the end of 2013, the conclusion of a two year trial that saw a handful of movies, shows and the 2012 Summer Olympic Games all in their three dimensional glory. Kim Shillinglaw, the BBC’s head of 3D, said the technology had “not taken off” and that audiences found it too much of a hassle.

The BBC’s ostensible failure to get stereoscopic television to take off is one more point on a troubling graph for the future-feeling technology. Though the ability to create 3D images is over a century old, both gadget-makers and broadcasting heavyweights have tried a number of times in past decades to bring it into the mainstream — without much success, other than big-budget features in the theaters.


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