Archive | 3D

Is 2017 the Year of UHD?

Hopefully TV suppliers and the content community learned their lesson in the great home 3D debacle. It goes something like this: Don’t promise a transformative and improved viewing experience unless you can deliver it. So now the industry is coalescing behind Ultra High Definition (UHD) as the next-generation in-home transformative viewing experience. When the “next […]

3D Printing: Who Owns the Designs?

Most people have a narrow image of 3D printing: Hobbyists extruding plastic trinkets on slow-moving 3D printers as the ubiquitous cat quizzically hovers over the printer. However, 3D printing—more accurately labeled additive manufacturing (the layering of materials is an additive, not reductive, process)—is a more serious business with serious implications for intellectual property rights. On […]

How Will TV Makers Compete With VR?

At some point, VR will be a really big thing. Isn’t it big now, you ask? Not really. Sure, everyone in technology is talking about VR. But in terms of objective numbers such as hardware sales, content downloads and household penetration rates, VR isn’t anything more than anticipatory buzz at the moment. But, VR will […]

An Olympic Surprise

The Olympics is a chance for the world’s best athletes to test their mettle against their well-trained (and occasionally well-medicated) peers. But the games are more than a display of physical prowess; they’re a chance for the broadcast industry to flex its technological muscles as well. The 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil will be no […]

3D TV Isn’t Dying. It’s Dead

“Quite hassly.” This was the quintessentially British turn of phrase used to explain why the BBC was pulling the plug on its 3D broadcasts for an indefinite time frame. The British Broadcasting Company had embarked on a two-year trial of 3D broadcasting beginning in 2011, delivering 3D specials including the London Olympics and Dr. Who. […]

4K to the Rescue?

Like all technology, television needs a “next best thing” – something, anything, to make current technology appear woefully inadequate and drive consumers back into retail to part with more of their hard-earned cash. Yet after the boost delivered by HDTV and flat panels, the TV industry has struggled to find what that next “thing” could […]

3D Futility Gesture

Monday August 15, 2011 – Stewart Wolpin Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and XpanD (in politically correct alphabetical order) last week announced a universal 3D glasses standard. Upon hearing of agreement between the three leading active shutter 3D HDTV makers, the first thing that jumped to mind was the brief exchange between Howard Johnson and Sherriff Bart […]