Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Is 3D the future of home entertainment?
Least anyone forget, the world is still mired in an economic crisis. The US is still experiencing 10% unemployment overall with some regions much higher. Foreclosures are still rising with no end in sight and retirement investments have yet to recover from being halved in the last 2 years. Yes, we may be climbing out, but with predictions of no new jobs until 2012, and credit card limits trimmed, aside from those getting bonuses from bailed out banks and Wall Street Robber-Barons, where will the cash come from? Or are we supposed to think that consumers will lease their next TV from the ‘Bank of Sony’?
With the economy still recovering and consumers weary to buy expensive things can a market for 3D televisions thrive? The average cost of a 3D set is around 3,000 dollars, which is steep for most consumers. The glasses are also another aspect of 3D that will push consumers away. I already wear glasses and I don't enjoy having to put on two pairs at once. Marketing is another weak point for 3D, as it is very hard to show off 3D to some one on a 2D set. With many families still transitioning to high definition televisions I dont think there will be enough consumers who will want a 3D set in the first place. Until 3D goes glasses free and the market for high definition televisions starts to diminish, I think 3D is stuck.