The first high definition 3D TVs are now on store shelves –
and if the lack of content for them doesn’t scare people away, the price tag just
JVC announced U.S. availability of its 46-inch 3D LCD HDTV
at CEDIA, the trade show focused on home cinema going on now in Atlanta.
The flagship GY-463D10 model has an
impressive 2000:1 contrast ratio, three HDMI inputs, is only 1.5 inches thick
and comes with two sets of specialized 3D glasses.
It also comes with a $9,153 price tag.
3D HD may or may not be the future of television. It’s an
extremely impressive technology that does make the viewing experience much more
interactive – but the most important component of this – broadcast
networks - hasn’t made any sort of
commitment. That means there’s very little 3D content on the horizon right now.
Blu-Ray discs with 3D films are only going to attract so many people.
JVC is first out of the gate, but Sony and Panasonic are hot
on its heels, with systems due out next year. Panasonic’s hoping that the home
release of James Cameron’s “Avatar” will be the big driver for early adopters.
Sony seems to be preparing to lean on its PlayStation 3 for an advantage.
But in order to get any sort of significant installed base
for these sets (which could be the motivator networks are waiting for), the
price tags are going to have to come down – a lot.