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The Mad Scramble for 3D TVs

Just as when you have gotten over the novelty of your impressive HDTV resolution, an upcoming addition—or replacement, if you must—to your home theater system has created waves in the market. Ever since the electronics conventions and shows have introduced the 3DTV to consumers and vendors, the buzz surrounding them has never ceased.

With all this interest generated, TV manufacturers have tinkered with their products’ features in the hopes of either getting to them to the market first or enticing the biggest slice of the pie. If they are to base customer reaction to that of the HDTV, then they do have reason to roll out their best. At its peak, purchases of the the HDTV had been feverishly high and those brands that were not able to cash in on the craze are not about to sit back and watch the same thing happen all over again.

There are a couple of questions, at the very least, that these manufacturers need to look carefully into before adding the 3DTV capability on their LCD TV. One of these is the requisite 3D glasses that the viewer has to wear in order to get that 3D experience in their living rooms. Some manufacturers have brought out their models that are taunted to have eliminated the need to wear goggles or glasses, but the first few products that came out that needed these goggles are only accompanied by a couple of them or none at all.

A typical family of five would need to shell out more money for these glasses, if they want everyone to make the most of the higher price they had paid for their 3DTV. Aside from this, most consumers are also baulking at and anticipating the discomfort of having to wear something on their faces for long periods of time. While product development teams are intent on doing away with the goggles, the jury is still out on whether the 3D viewing is compromised or not because of this.

Another issue that also had a previous entanglement with the coming of HDTV, is the ability for the content to catch up with the 3D technology. TV networks, whether due to budget issues or conflicting goals, had not been too eager to jump into the HDTV bandwagon and understandably so. Equipment upgrades to subscribe to the new format cost money, so market watchers are interested to see how this will affect the 3DTV sales.