An article on U-HDTV that mentions the current issues with 3DTV:
TV Execs bullish on 4K and 8K, less so on 3D
By Jonathan Tombes, Contributing Editor, Videonet -March 19, 2012
"A panel of programming executives at the Satellite 2012 conference and exhibition in Washington, D.C. said this week that said ultra-high definition (UHD) TV held promise, if not in the near term, but that 3D TV was problematic now.
As for as high resolution, were really bullish on that, said John McCoskey, CTO of the U.S. Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). It was demoed at CES this year, on 8k and 4k models. These are potentially viable technologies. We expect to see a lot of movement on the 4K acquisition side. That will drive the ability to get higher resolution content.
McCoskey said commercial deployments, led by Japanese broadcaster NHK could be eight years away, but that Moores Law-driven chip improvements (transistors doubling every two years) would enable the transition, along with advanced compression, which already has enabled 4k transmission in under 300 Mbps.
The situation with 3D is different. While consumers understand it, content providers are hesitating. David Couret, Technical Solutions Director, Audiovisuel
Exterieur de la France (France 24) noted that satellite transmission was best way to distribute 3D but said that his main concern
is the glasses you have to get.
We agree with David, said Jaffe. Until 3D is glass-less in the home, we dont see mass adoption. Disneys Roberts said that interest in 3D has flattened out. Ive got broadcasters that cant re-broadcast it, he said. Then there are nagging questions about the health effects of 3D. Roberts mentioned the potential impact on epileptic children, in particular."