According to an In-Stat report released yesterday, sales of 3D televisions are up 500% from last year. They also predict that soon all TVs over 40" will have 3D built-in. The prices of 1080p 3D projectors are also coming down. In-Stat predicts that by 2015 300 million households worldwide will have a 3D TV.
Also this month, another research firm, iSuppli, confirms In-Stat's numbers, and predicts 3D TV shipments up 463 percent in 2011, with a total of 23.4 million units shipped. They see 3D TV shipments increasing by 132 percent in 2012, with 54.2 million units shipped. By 2015, iSuppli predicts that over half of all TVs shipped will be 3D.
Don't confuse predictions with functional units delivered.
Best Buy bet the farm on 3D in 2010 and it virtually didn't happen. 3D capable TVs represented only 2% of the sales. A 500% increase represents only 10% of the TV market.
There's still the overarching issue of a paucity of must-have content that plagues 3D. Even after ESPN3D went full-time, DIRECTV's incarnation of the channel is still part-time.