3D vs. 2D TV: Avatar Blu-ray success affecting outcome

By Peter Chubb - Apr 24, 2010

3D TV is meant to be the next big step in the evolution of TV, but could the release of the 2D version of Avatar affect that outcome? A new range of 3-D TVS has now started to hit stores but with the lack of 3D movies – sales could be very slow to start.

Consumer electronics manufactures could have done with a big 3D Blu-ray release from the off, and Avatar being the biggest selling movie of all time would have been the perfect choice. However, with its 2D Blu-ray sales hitting record numbers – will movie fans want to wait until the 3D version next year?

James Cameron is already working on an Avatar sequel, so by the time next year comes we would have all forget about the first Avatar movie. There are other 3D movies coming out, but they will not have the impact of Avatar. And please do no say Alice in Wonderland, we all know how strange Tim Burton films are – although seeing all those fantastic colors in 3D could be something worth seeing.

Jeff Bertolucci from PCWorld understands that TV manufacturers might be feeling a little sick by this latest development. I do have to agree, I have never been a fan of 3D. I just don’t get it, to me it seems like a gimmick that will never catch on – but I could be wrong.

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  • Peps

    3dtv will never be popular until the need for glasses is eliminated and TV stations broadcast it. So maybe in 10 + years we can upgrade!

  • jak

    why can't my fancy, relatively new sony lcd tv play a 3d bluray and be just as good as a "3d" tv?
    I don't believe the imax theatre being specifically "3d", yet seemed to handle it just fine… seems like bs to me

  • steve

    The reason it was released in 2d was because DirecTV spent $100 million to launch a new satellite for broadcasting 3d programming earlier this year. They have a deal to show 3d Avatar as “Pay Per View” four months before Avatar is released in 3-d on Blue-ray. So don’t shelve those 3-d televisions just yet. And don’t sign up for Dish Network, since they don’t even have blueprints for a new satellite. They will be at least 5 years behind DirecTV delivering 3d content, assuming they remain in business that long.

    • David F

      That is too bad to hear. Direct TV is one of the worst companies I have ever delt with. They are rude and the concept of customer service is un known to them. They had my 78 year old Mother in tears over returning a box of a family that had moved to a home for the elderly. All she wanted to do was cancel the service for them. You would have thought she was trying to steal the cookie jar. I have dish. Wile they have their problems too, at least their prices are reasonable.