Samsung continues to sell prior years models that include 3D but their newest TVs,
introduced for 2016, are said to not include 3D:
According to data from the NPD Group, 3D TVs have accounted for a diminishing share of US flat-panel TV sales every year since 2012, and the same goes for 3D-compatible Blu-ray players compared with 2D-only models. 3D TVs fell from 23 percent to 16 percent in that period, and 3D players from 40 percent to 25 percent.
“In terms of purchase motivators, I think 3D is pretty low on the list at this point,” said NPD analyst Ben Arnold. “There was a lot of interest in the feature from consumers early on, but most reports were the experience was not worth the hassle of wearing 3D glasses or finding content.”
Source: With a bullet to the head from Samsung, 3D TV is now deader than ever – CNET
The lack of 3D content is THE problem. With Youtube killing off their multi-format 3D player, there went the crowd created content too. VR headset “helmets” will provide 3D viewing capabilities but doubt that one will wear one of those helmets to watch a 3D movie.
With so much dreariness on 3D TV, I am now shooting 2D: 2D stills and 4K video in 2D, but still shooting 3D still photography. Phereo.com remains the best place for sharing your 3D still photos with others.
I went searching through Youtube this evening for 3D content and found plenty of it – and plenty of it was basically awful!
Badly misaligned left and right eye views, edge violations, poor quality 2D-to-3D conversions. Not the sort of quality that will encourage others to enjoy 3D.
It is good to see people trying to do 3D – but it will take time for new enthusiasts to learn how to shoot and process 3D correctly. As 3D hobbyists ourselves, we need to help teach others how to create good quality 3D.
The Verge writes an article saying that 4k is wonderful, unlike 3D, saying that 4k is what consumers want. This reporter does not understand the relationship between 4k and 3D at all and seems to think that when 4k comes along, no one will watch 3D.
Most people are unable to distinguish between 720p and 1080p on their large screen home TVs unless they have huge screens. 4k is designed, in part, to present 3D images. Most current 1080p based 3D systems either halve the resolution or halve the frames – with one half to the left eye and another half to the right eye.
A “4k” image is four times the resolution of 1080p (think 4 screens instead of one 1080p screen) and provides the quantity of information to present high quality 3D images.
3D works best when there is as much detail as possible and looks worse when downgraded. A 3D video shot on two 1080p cameras still ends up with the equivalent of 540p for the left eye and 540p for the right eye, or 960 vertical lines, or half the frames devoted to the left and half to the right eye. Either way, today’s system lose a lot of resolution – 4k fixes that too.