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3D television: a new device, a new language

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I must admit when I had a look at the 3D tv at Eiden the other day, I was impressed, and i wasnt a fan of the avatar 3D flick!

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3D will be great until the headaches start.

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Let’s say you’ve started lusting for a 3D television.

No, let's not. I'm perfectly content to watch old black and white clips from the telly on YouTube, which were made at a time when actors could evoke emotional responses and directors didn't depend on faked explosions and obligatory car chase scenes in every production.

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Not into it.

While the 3D looks new and interesting, it makes the over all look and feel of the film feel fake.

I could not get 'into' any of the movies I have seen in 3D so far. Im hoping the technology gets much better.

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You said it Beelzebub.

And boring in 2D will be boring in 3D.

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That’s what visitors to the Sony 3D Experience at CBS’ consumer research center in Las Vegas are saying, according to preliminary polling results. Two-thirds of the visitors [...] say their next TV will be 3D-capable [...]

The poll was made by the producer of the 3D sets at exhibition that presented 3D televisions and still one-third said immediately NO THANKS.

This is in line with other polls in the US and Europe where the fast majority expressed no interest in 3D at home (while saying it is a nice feature in the cinemas).

Only time will tell, but we should remember that 99% of all new products launched in Japan fail (see the book "buy-ology" for reference) and with no change in the current shallow content, the medium has nothing to show for in 3D.

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The cost of adding 3D to a TV is quickly going down to almost zero, so it's no surprise that 2/3 of the respondents said their next TV will be 3D-capable. Capable doesn't necessarily mean you use the feature and for sure doesn't mean that you buy the new set because of that feature. The interesting question about 3D is rather whether there will be any worthwhile content.

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The driver for 3D will be the same as other technilogies: pornography.

As soon as 3D pornography becomes available ...

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3D is often revolting to me. And get headache. This is however because the technology is insufficient. If the technology advances, we will be able to into the movie.

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Yes, I agree with northman

Not until we can enjoy 3D without the glasses, this is so 80's.

I remember watching kungfu movies in 3d at the theaters back in 1983. Nothing new, just LCD now and DIGITAL environment.

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Maybe 3D is good for Japanese men. Now the people in the screen and jump out and freak out the weird people that are in this country that is glued to their T.V. sets.

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I'm a bit of a tech geek and even I'm not a fan of the 3D T.Vs on sale. Some things looked good like animations, but other real-life scenery had a paper cutout effect. Also the glasses had a strobing effect and were noticeably flickering (At more than two shops I went to). I'll be saving my money for something more advanced that doesn't require glasses, and will stick to my trusty 2D projector in the meantime. Holographic tv would be awesome...

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When computer-generated "special effects" for movies became affordable, plot and character often became secondary concerns and films became little but a showplace for the latest FX technology.

Very few directors have the skill and self-restraint to use computer effects to enhance films. Mostly the effects are simply a crutch, a way to make the audience forget about the bad writing, bad acting, bad directing and ludicrous storylines.

"Avatar", for example, was not a "good" film. It was just a re-hash of many similar films and stories - and its philosophical, artistic and intellectual content seemed to aim for nothing beyond the average 12-year-old. It was "all about 3-D" and nothing else.

I fear that readily-availible 3-D for film and TV will take a similar toll ... shows will become "all about 3-D". Why even bother with a plot ?

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It seems some people do not realize that objects at a distance become inheritantly less "3-D" looking. A soccer field at a distance will not show 3-D well by any means. Even in person, a soccer field will look flat.

I would recommend anyone complaining about substandard 3-D visuals that cause headaches and such to see "Despicable Me" in 3-D. It is how it should be done. It is clear, bright, and smooth. It looks real and certainly not hard on the eyes. That is an example of how 3-D should be.

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