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I’m Not Sure I Want 3D TV in my Living Room



3d2_wideweb__470x379,0One of the big trends at CES2010 obviously was 3D TV. From what I saw it was everywhere and as big a story as Tablet/Slate/eBook Readers were. Friday night at our last big gathering of the annual family pilgrimage to Chicago, we had a number of friends over from the various chapters of my wife’s and my lives in Chicago. It was a lovely get together and most of the folks, aware of my gadget addiction were asking me not about Tablets but about all the 3D TV coverage they were seeing in the mainstream media.

This prompted a response from me where I said I’m not sure I want 3D TV in my living room. I said I didn’t think I wanted to see autopsy’s on CSI in 3D. Well, this started a little round robin of all of the shows or types of shows we wouldn’t want to see in 3D in our living rooms. Now granted, just because the displays would make it possible, doesn’t mean each and every studio or production company would be cranking out 3D content. Sure we’ll see sports events and the like, but think about it for a second. There is a ton of stuff on the boob tube that should never be busting out of our screens.

Some of my favorites from our round table were:

  • CSI autopsy
  • Local Car Commercials
  • Dancing with the Stars
  • Any Talking Head news show
  • Adult TV
  • Any Reality TV Series
  • House
  • Commercials of any stripe

What TV programs would you want to see or not want to see invade your living room in 3D?



  1. Gavin Miller

    01/10/2010 at 4:08 pm

    Obviously HD material like the BBC’s Life on Earth would be simply stunning in 3D.

    3D is at it’s best when it’s not ‘gimmicky’ as in the sword sticking out of the screen, but when it is subtle it just draws you in.

    I recently went to see ‘Up’ with my daughter at the Cinema in 3D and it’s a great example of 3D done well. You forget the glasses and just get drawn into the film and story, the 3D enhancing the experience but not overwhelming it.

  2. John in Norway

    01/11/2010 at 4:51 am

    I wouldn’t watch any of them whether in 3D or not. :)

  3. Gavin Miller

    01/11/2010 at 12:38 pm

    John, not watching CSI and House is ILLEGAL in many Countries. You may wish to check up your local bye laws. ;-)

  4. M

    01/11/2010 at 2:17 pm

    The only 3d house I want is the real one. But as for 3d tv not sure… I agree with most of the list. But then again the idea for 3d is to be drawn into the show which for some would be a big draw. Mythbusters for some reason comes to mind.. Full on explosion in 3d or the item tested shattering in 3d would be really cool. I remember watching a Harry Potter scene in 3d and it was wonderful. Could see the glass reform and fly by my head. Very cool.

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