BBC controller says: 3D is dead

Mark Harrison, controller for BBC North, has said he believes “3D TV is dead.”

sonyfifa3d_450-300x225Writing in a column for Broadcast, Harrison took a look at the latest technology and trends emerging from CES 2013 and was interested to note that 3D had taken a back seat this year.

“Last year, some still insisted you couldn’t operate in the future without a pair of 3D glasses, but now the specs are being reserved for gaming and movies at the cinema” wrote Harrison.

In its place, Harrison suggested that 4K/Ultra HD is the technology that will come to dominate both in terms of consumer buy-in and in the investment needed by content makers.

“We are years away from being able to make and transmit in 4K, yet it matters far more than 3D ever did: it enables manufacturers to focus on making bigger, better, normal TVs,” he writes. “That means that while budgets get tighter, the need to make high-quality digital output that can hold its own on a screen next to on demand 4K movies will ensure production remains ambitious.”

  • Read our own feature on why Ultra HD is the future, but not quite ready just yet


About author
Stuart Houghton has been writing about technology for over a decade and messing about with it since he was old enough to press buttons. Stu is the former UK Editor of and specialises in tech writing for several UK publications. He is also part of the IT team for a major UK charity.
  • NeoMatrix

    James Cameron (Avatar) just sign with DOLBY 3D for glasses-free 3D revolution began from smartphone to BIG 55-inch TV ! yes ! the Future is now ! just search on Youtube the official announcement of James Cameron – quality glasses-free 3d revolution began

  • ovbg

    Mark Harrison has got it right here, but it’s something I was thinking a year ago. 3D isn’t new. I remember watching it when it was a fad back in the 80′s and my father remembers it being a fad back in the 60′s. Every 20 years or so, it keeps coming back, dorky glasses and all. Don’t get me wrong, 3D will be a great thing in the future, but only when it is glasses-free and the quality is high enough. What is the future right now, is 4K and streaming. Sure, 4K on a 40″ screen is nothing to write home about, but 10 years ago, a 40″ screen was unfathomable. Give us another few years, and homes will have affordable 80″ screens, or larger 4K projectors and everyone will be streaming television in one way or another.

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