With a bullet to the head from Samsung, 3D TV is now deader than ever

TVs With a bullet to the head from Samsung, 3D TV is now deader than ever It may shamble forward zombie-style for a few more years, but without the world's No. Consider yourself a rare consumer. About a third of the series TVs it will sell in the US support the feature. From around the web. The reason, according to the source, is that Samsung wanted to concentrate more resources on its new smart TV functionality , including integration with its SmartThings home automation platform. With a bullet to the head from Samsung, 3D TV is now deader than ever Sign in to comment Be respectful, keep it clean and stay on topic.

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While 3D was something the movie industry and TV makers pushed hard a few years ago, it wasn't widely adopted by many. Like most failed formats, the problem lay in its complexity.

Once you were set there, you had to figure out what sort of glasses you needed to use and keep them charged, if they were "active" frames. So, it's not a huge surprise to see support for the format dwindling today, especially as we have more impressive technological leaps like 4K and HDR. So where does that leave you? While you don't have many 3D options in low-end and mid-range 4K TVs, there's still support in some higher-end sets.

You might also see some older 4K sets from around with 3D, but I'd steer clear of those since they don't offer HDR, which is the real visual upgrade in modern TVs.

And I know you're not interested in projectors, but honestly they're worth considering since plenty of p models have 3D, and it's a format that really benefits from being viewed on a giant screen. While it's likely not difficult for manufacturers to bundle in the technology now, the relatively low adoption among consumers and lack of content makes it an easy sacrifice.

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That means they won't be able to display 3D Blu-ray movies or other 3D content and won't work with 3D glasses. The reason, according to the source, is that Samsung wanted to concentrate more resources on its new smart TV functionality , including integration with its SmartThings home automation platform. This confirmation for the US market comes on the heels of previous reports from Europe and Korea that 3D would play no part in Samsung's future TV plans.

Samsung is the biggest TV maker in the world and has tremendous influence, marketing features like LED backlights for LCD TV panels and curved screens that other makers scramble to emulate. Until this year all of its best TVs, and many midrange models, supported 3D. Now even its most expensive sets will be 2D-only. Tim Alessi, director of new product development, told CNET that 3D "still remains a meaningful step-up feature for many" consumers.

About a third of the series TVs it will sell in the US support the feature. That's a shame for any remaining 3D fans because its predecessor, the EF series , delivered the best 3D image quality we've ever tested.

Streaming services like Netflix, Amazon and Vudu still offer a few titles too, but they can be difficult to find, and the new 4K Blu-ray disc format contains no provisions for 3D support at all. They're basically supercharged 3D displays that are glued to your face. But if you want a new 3D TV in , your choices will be much less expansive -- and more expensive -- than before.

So no, just because Samsung dropped support, 3D TV isn't technically dead yet.

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