As technology has advanced, so have consumer products -- televisions, to name a notable example. Standard-definition televisions gave way to high-definition sets. Now there's 3D TV, which enhances the viewing experience even more. Screen Digest estimates that about 28 per cent of all U.S. households will own a 3D TV set by the year 2014. There are several advantages to 3D television.
3D television gives viewers a home entertainment experience that can't be achieved with standard definition or simple high-definition television sets. 3D TVs allow viewers to experience channels and movies in three dimensions simply by wearing a special pair of compatible 3D glasses. As of 2011, select sporting events, such as the 2010 FIFA World Cup have been broadcast in 3D. Television networks, such as the Discovery Channel, are planning separate 3D programming.
Heading for Mainstream
As of 2011, 3D television is emerging technology. That means that while it may not be mainstream yet, television manufacturers, television channels and movie studios are planning that it soon will be. This will reward current owners of 3D televisions sets as they see their investment pay off over time in terms of additional channels and 3D options.
As of 2011, according to PCMag.com, a Panasonic 50-inch 3D plasma television costs £1,690. However, as 3D televisions become more prevalent, one thing is certain: According to 3D TV Buying Guide, the cost will go down. As demand grows for these products, and more companies are investing more research-and-development funds into 3D TVs, these sets will become less expensive and better in quality. Early adopters of 3D TVs are expected to be able to upgrade older-firmware models via the Internet to enjoy the latest advances.
No Glasses Required
A common knock against 3D televisions is that viewers must wear special 3D glasses to view the content. However, with an auto stereoscopic system, there are no glasses required for viewing. According to TheEmRoom.com, such systems' display screens use lenticular sheets, creating a 3D image that doesn't require any additional hardware. As 3D TVs advance, such technologies will likely become more widely utilised to minimise viewing inconvenience.
- 3D TV Buying Guide: Step 3: 3D TV Advantages: Is Now the Time to Buy a 3D TV?
- Ars Technica: 3D TV: Why You'll (Someday) Own One Whether You Like it or Not
- The Em Room: Advantages and Disadvantages of 3D TV; 2010
- 3D At Home: 3D Trends & Stats for 2011
- PCMag.com: Buy a 3D TV Now or Wait?; Wendy Sheehan Donnell