3DTV endures setbacks, but it’s still coming right at us

A survey released Monday found that only 24 percent of new TV shoppers in the U.S. want a 3D television and Nintendo is abandoning its 3D channel for the 3DS. Still, the technology’s backer’s say it’s progressing ahead of the pace set by HDTV.

That 3D-TV Rush? Don’t Hold Your Breath

The idea that 3-D content is going to become widespread within the next few years thanks to Hollywood and sporting events isn’t likely, according to Paul Sagan, the CEO of Akamai. He said he’s more concerned about mobile traffic than 3-D traffic at this point.

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TV producers and distributors aren’t the only ones struggling to cope with technology-driven changes to their business models. Traditionally slow-footed TV set-makers are also straining to manage the introduction of three major new technological upheavals simultaneously: 3D, Internet connectivity and LED backlighting. Unfortunately, the two sides of the business aren’t always on the same page. As set-makers race to bring streaming video into the living room, the networks are still trying to keep it out.

Vid-Biz: RealNetworks, mSpot, Vivox

RealNetworks Offers New Way To Mass Produce Mobile Video Apps; the company is rolling out a new mobile video service that will help entertainment and wireless companies tap into consumers’ increasing demand for watching video on the go. (paidContent)

mSpot’s Mobile Movie Streaming Service Expands to the Web; mobile entertainment startup is extending its Mobile Movies site, which will let users stream full-length movies on their mobile phones, to the web, allowing users to enjoy mSpot’s online streaming movie service on your computer. (TechCrunch)

Vivox Lets You Drop Voice Chat Into Any Social Media App; the startup is announcing the Social Voice Partner Program, which makes it easy for developers to integrate voice into any social media application with a small amount of effort. (VentureBeat)

Panasonic Is Winning the First Round of the 3DTV Wars; the CE manufacturer’s 3DTVs have already sold out at Best Buy, despite having launched as recently as March 10. (Ars Technica)

ViaClix Joins Rush To Get Online Video to TV; the startup offers a home router, called TV-Link, that sends Internet content directly to televisions via WiFi for viewing. (Fierce Online Video)

Dish Files Countersuit Against DirecTV Over HD Claims; the slugfest between DirecTV and Dish Network over marketing claims continued, as Dish filed a countersuit charging the larger operator with falsely advertising its HD services. (Multichannel News)

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I’m no economist, but the big crowds and buoyant atmosphere around CES certainly seemed like a good sign for the business, if not the rest of the economy, and a welcome change from last year’s somber gathering. It almost didn’t matter that all three of the trends at the show – 3DTV, e-book readers and tablet PCs – were almost certainly being oversold in terms of their near-term consumer appeal. It felt good to see people hyping stuff again.

3D, or Not 3D? That Was the Question at CES

3DTV was everywhere at this year’s CES. The real question for the industry, though, is whether consumers will be queuing up at Best Buy to get 3DTVs when sets start hitting retail floors later this year. And the answer is anything but clear.

Are We Putting the 3-D Cart Before the Horse?

Heading into the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month, it’s already clear that the big story in the home entertainment sector will be 3-D. There will be countless 3DTVs on display, 3-D Blu-ray prototypes, dueling 3-D eyewear demos, and hoopla from at least three different 3-D consortia. What attendees won’t see, however, is a lot of 3-D programming, and therein lies the rub.

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James Cameron’s $350 million 3-D extravaganza, “Avatar,” opens this weekend and 20th Century-Fox isn’t the only company with a lot riding on its success. Consumer electronics makers are hoping it ignites consumer interest in 3-D technology for the home. With flat-panel TV prices falling to levels comparable to the old CRT models, set-makers are betting heavily on 3-D to restore some of their lost profit margins. Even Apple seems to have something 3-D up its sleeve. Yesterday, the PTO published a patent application from Apple for a technology for adjusting a display in response to head movements so that 3-D images will always appear in 3-D. One hitch: There isn’t that much 3-D content to watch on all those new 3-D TVs.

5 Reasons 3-D Video Will Come to Our Living Rooms

3dLet’s face it, there are some skeptics out there when it comes to 3-D.  Some point to competing standards, others to the kitsch factor, and almost all point to the glasses. But not everyone’s a hater. In fact, Sony and Panasonic see the technology as a savior for their living room business. So will 3-D make it in the home?  Chances are it will, and here are five reasons why: Read More about 5 Reasons 3-D Video Will Come to Our Living Rooms

It’s 3-D Week!

Whether it’s the flood of new 3-D movies in theaters, 3-D browsers for the mobile phone or 3-D technology in all forms of consumer electronics, it’s clear the digital world is no longer flat.