A future caught in the past

Is 3D TV already dying & kid dangerous?

Is 3D TV already dying & kid dangerous?

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Sony, IMAX and Disney have their eyes on the 3D prize. Photo by Greg Derr

Media giants, The Discovery Channel, IMAX and Sony Entertainment, confirmed plans to create a 24-hour 3D television cable channel — but is it a waste of time?

The slow death of cable television and increasing popularity of online services like Netflix and Hulu are enough to raise questions about this plan. 

The media heavyweights see a lucrative future in 3D technology though. Sony Corporation chairman Howard Stringer called it a “groundbreaking new venture” in a statement.

While 3D movies have dipped into an older audience in the past years (Avatar, Jackass and Beowulf) — in the past the format's largely focused on films for kids and young adults (The Harry Potter series, Alice In Wonderland, The Incredibles).

Peter Hine, a New York City resident, commented on a New York Times piece with, "Great. My kids will NEVER leave the house." GameSpy reports Sony stirring up 50 new video games all formatted in 3D, but an optician told TechEYE.net he doesn't recommend putting 3D glasses on children, "as their muscles are still developing."

After the the high-definition television craze went full throttle, most people were thinking, "This is it, this is as good as it's going to get for the next couple of years," but after December — that'll be a distant thought, as Toshiba releases its first glasses-free 3D TV set in Japan.

What do you think? Should 3D be the wave of the future, or remain a nostalgic part of cinematic history?

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