Did you miss the most important 3D news of the past two weeks? While preparing my talk at Dimension3 i came across many recent newsitems which I want to summarize for you here:
BroadbandTVNews reported that Penthouse and SES Astra are expanding their 3D offering. As always, the adult industry seems to be ahead of the curve: Marc Dorcel claims to have produced more than 100 (15 – 30minutes) 3D films here. They focus solely on VOD. At the same time, traditional broadcasters do not have 3D at the top of their agenda (here: the same news item from a different source). This leaves VOD platforms and BluRay distributors to fill the 3D content gap. And indeed, Samsung announced upping their 3D content offerings thourgh their connected TVs (please note, that most 3DTVs are also connected TVs i.e. with Internet connectivity). LG, the other major Korean TV manufacturer is also offering a similar service (Disclaimer: We have sold some of our 3D content to LG). According to 3DFocusUK, the BBC does not seem to be very bullish about 3D but ESPN´s 3D efforts in the USA, however, seem to be doing well according to this report at Today3D, citing dropping prices of TV sets as main reason.
There have also been various reports about new 3D offerings in various countries such as Romania, Slovakia and Czech Republic. Germany, typically a country with relatively slow rate of innovation adoption (in the media industry), also moves forward with Telekom and Unity Media´s latest activities. Virgin Media in the UK is upping its 3D sports broadcasts with Eurosport while Europe´s leading 3D broadcaster Sky3D gave a good overview of its past activities and future plans at the 3D Forum in London.
Additionally, there have been many announcements of new 3D Titles coming up this and next year. I am preparing a talk about this subject and shall write about this more soon. So first, here only a few links to Spielberg´s TinTin, Chainsaw Massacre, Titanic 3D, Shakira and Bollywood´s 3D efforts, and many more new titles on BluRay or in IMAX theatres, Wimbeldon). The documentary TT3D was a great success at the box office according to 3DRoundAbout.
Maybe the most interesting research involving the advertising industry was published here: 3D Commercials have higher retention than 2D ads.
Lastly, there have been some press releases about new 3D technologies in the past two weeks. Most notably, Toshiba has shown its latest prototype of a glasses-free 3D tablet and a cool 3D laptop with a 3D web cam (2nd source). And how about Samsung´s 75-inch 3DTV for $13,000 or their latest display technology? There are also more signs of 2011´s 3D TV sales really picking up. Whoever wants to get a good understanding of the 3D gaming market, can read an excellent article that Jonathan at 3DFocusUK has put together on Sony here. By far the coolest and most exciting piece of 3D news was about Apple´s 3D Holographic Projection Displays.
(thanks to @Lude3D).