The New Year set off at a pace as always thanks to the International CES, but as 4K and OLED stole the show in terms of new TV displays, this gave rise to another round of '3D is dead' headlines. In 20 years of trade publishing, we've never known another technology create such emotional outbursts, and it's downright baffling when nearly all of the new TVs being written about support 3D. Beyond these outbursts, was a wide range of 3D product launches including cameras, projectors, autostereoscopic displays, converters, processors and delivery options - some of which you can find here.
BBC North controller of production Mark Harrison has added to this very polarised (pun intended) debate here in the UK, saying "everyone has finally accepted 3D TV is dead" and "3D’s place has been taken by 4K, or Ultra HD". Sky on the other hand forges ahead by announcing that its 3D channel will be available to more of its 4.5m HD subscribers, and by producing and broadcasting the Queen's Christmas speech in 3D for the first time.
Next week we're off to ISE (Integrated Systems Europe) in Amsterdam, where there will be plenty to see in terms of 3D displays, projectors and all sorts of AV applications - a preview of some of what's on offer can be found here. If you haven't registered yet, you can use our invitation code 258197 for free entry. The use of 3D is growing steadily outside of the broadcast industry, and thankfully doesn't suffer from the same 'the end is nigh' pronouncements.
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