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Onsite CES Report: Wrap-up PART TWO


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#21 OFFLINE   hdtvfan0001

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 04:27 AM

Just to clarify, I was referring to OLED's alleged demise, not 3D.

That's how I read it...

Others have claimed the doomsday sceanrio for 3D. If they would have attended CES this year, they would have been very disappointed. :D
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 07:57 AM

If one thing was clear about 3D....CEs showed everyone that the industry manufacturers think the exact opposite...its early, but in growth mode.

There were roughly 3 times the 3D HD presentations/products as last year at CES. Reports of 3D HD's demise have clearly been premature.

I am by no means a "Debbie Downer" on 3D, but I can't help but think the situation you describe is analogous to the scene is a hospital emergency room where the dying patient has just "coded" and support staff are rushing in to perform heroic procedures in a last-ditch effort to revive the patient.

When I first watched a monster movie in 3D as a kid in the '50s, I remember thinking then it that was just a novelty. Yes, we have come a long way with the technology and all, but my opinion has not changed all that much. 3D will continue to be a novelty and be relegated to just a niche product for years to come.

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#23 OFFLINE   hdtvfan0001

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 08:04 AM

I am by no means a "Debbie Downer" on 3D, but I can't help but think the situation you describe is analogous to the scene is a hospital emergency room where the dying patient has just "coded" and support staff are rushing in to perform heroic procedures in a last-ditch effort to revive the patient.

When I first watched a monster movie in 3D as a kid in the '50s, I remember thinking then it that was just a novelty. Yes, we have come a long way with the technology and all, but my opinion has not changed all that much. 3D will continue to be a novelty and be relegated to just a niche product for years to come.

I can certainly understand that view.

But having seen, discussed, and interacted with various manufacturers directly at CES...it was quite obvious the commitment is both solid and for the long haul. I suspect the numerous additions of new players this year alone demonstrated that a bandwagon was moving down the road.
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 08:22 AM

I thought the same thing about minidiscs, as well as a dozen other technologies. Anyone remember how big "Playsforsure" was at CES about five years ago?
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 08:29 AM

I thought the same thing about minidiscs, as well as a dozen other technologies. Anyone remember how big "Playsforsure" was at CES about five years ago?

That's true for sure.

That said...

In looking at the shear $$$ invested in 3D, as well as the very large number of adopter manufacturers, as well as content providers growing to support it...it appears to have some "sticking power". Content will be a key element, and the manufacturers are even partially subsidizing that expansion.

Also, 3D enabled HDTVs may start to normalize in terms of price a bit better over 2011.

While its all been out for a while, at CES...this is yearly "year two" of the mainstream rollout of 3D - still early. Many manufacturers at CES this year almost "matter of factly" showed off a growing arsenal of hardware - not only 3D HDTV's - but also laptops, portables, and other devices. Glasses free also hit for the first tangible beta units there.

With HDTV taking almost 7 years to hit critical mass for "mainstream" adoption...3D is still a bit early to judge in terms of lasting success. Based on CES 2011 and other reports read - a year from now, we should know if the momentum continues or has peaked IMHO.
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 08:48 AM

You make good points. For those who want it, I truly hope 3D succeeds. One day, I may buy a new tv that (incidentally) comes with 3D display capability built-in. Whether I will ever use it remains to be seen. If 3D becomes mainstream, so be it. I just hope it doesn't add to the cost of HD displays for the majority of us who don't necessarily want it.

Good luck, Mr. Gorsky! :P

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 09:02 AM

For those who want it, I truly hope 3D succeeds. One day, I may buy a new tv that (incidentally) comes with 3D display capability built-in. Whether I will ever use it remains to be seen. If 3D becomes mainstream, so be it. I just hope it doesn't add to the cost of HD displays for the majority of us who don't necessarily want it.

A pretty good summation of what plenty of folks have told me...even some industry people.

Thou art not alone on those points. :D
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Posted 14 January 2011 - 08:41 PM

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 09:56 AM

I'm waiting for the halodeck TV. :)

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 10:01 AM

I'm waiting for the halodeck TV. :)


I didn't see it myself, but apparently there was a hologram TV there.
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Posted 15 January 2011 - 11:33 AM

Day-after-day I kept waiting for some hint that there was a holographic video image system on display. I'd do a Google News search. The one and only article I came up with was this one on January 7 InnoVision Labs: holographic TV tech spied which is more promising than Sharp's Real-World Holodeck but is a week or two away from becoming my next TV purchase.

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