Is 3D TV dead? ESPN nixes 3D channel
I've been invited to check out lots of new 3D TVs by the companies that make them. Sony, Samsung, LG, Sharp...the list goes on - they all have great TV sets out there.
Each company's top-of-the-line device is packed with as many features as a real estate agent lists off on a home description.
From web connectivity to adaptive contrast, from simulated surround sound to a gazillion HDMI ports...to 3D video - they're all stacked.
Once I saw soccer on a Sony TV in 3D, and I thought: 'Man, I need to buy one of these for my home. It looks like Messi is in my living room.'
But I didn't shell out the few thousand dollars. Because other than during the World Cup, and other than with that particular game shot in 3D, there wasn't really anything else to watch in 3D other than the odd Hollywood blockbuster.
So it wasn't really surprise when ESPN announced this week that it will stop broadcasting in 3D.
"ESPN 3D was great at home but due to low adoption of 3D to home, we are discontinuing to focus on other products for fans and affiliates," tweeted @KatinaESPN.
The channel started up in June 2010 with FIFA World Cup soccer, and it was broadcasting airing 3D content 24/7 by late 2011.
But since hardly anyone was buying those range-topping TVs that can show 3D content, nobody was watching 3D programming - so ESPN killed the dedicated channel.
Do you have a 3D TV? Do you think 3D TV will ever take off?
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets