World says goodbye to 3D TVs as companies halt making them

BBC – This week we learned that both LG and Sony have now stopped making 3D-enabled televisions. The firms follow Samsung – the world’s biggest TV maker – who confirmed the move last year.

It means there are currently no major manufacturers making 3DTVs.

At this year’s CES trade show, there was barely a whimper of 3D TV, compared to just two years ago when it was being heralded as the next big thing.

But you could argue that 3DTV was never about the home experience. Where it would come into its own was in huge cinemas with full surround and the kind of environment that would do the new(ish) medium justice. But here, too, things have ground to a miserable halt.

Despite the moderately promising start made by Avatar, no single 3D production ever became a must-see.

The 3D high point for me was the remake of the Jungle Book, but the enjoyment there was clearly the return to the songs that soundtracked my early childhood – not the fact the odd branch stuck out of the screen, even if it did enhance the immersion of the jungle which had been so beautifully animated.

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