One of the biggest arguements FOR 3D is that if people own a 3D HDTV, and know that their TV is 3D capable, they will seek out 3D content to benefit from this functionality. Strategy Analytics released a study demonstrating that 66% of 3D HDTV owners watch S-3D shows at least once per week.
MTBS spoke with David Mercer, Principal Analyst for Strategy Analytics, and we picked up a few facts. First, the line of questioning had nothing to do with video games, so this is limited to 3D broadcast content. However, given the fact that 3D television events are so few and far between, and 3D programming is indeed very limited around the globe, how is it possible for 66% of 3D HDTV viewers to be watching S-3D content on a weekly basis?
The truth comes out! It turns out that many 3D HDTVs (e.g. Samsung, Panasonic) include 2D/3D conversion as a feature, and many respondents are contently watching their traditional shows as on-the-fly conversions!
While not studied, David agreed that the glasses objection issue can be related to the type of content watched (as we did with U-Decide 2011), and the biggest barrier for the glasses is cost. This is similar to what NPD Group said in June 2010, when their results demonstrated that only 10 percent of consumers surveyed said that “looking silly” is the main concern versus 41 percent who were worried about not having enough glasses to go around.
Perhaps the fashion conscious press (who aren’t always that fashion conscious) are getting it all wrong with the “goofy glasses” remarks?