So, why for TV? Why not just re-release the movies to 3D IMAX altogether? I think the potential of 3D TV is in providing special tracks and features (like embedded games) to enhance the viewing experience—something impossible within the theatrical release experience.
The beauty of 3D TV is its ability to immerse the viewer directly into the action. But what if there were customizable 3D points of view (POV, something impossible to do in theatrical release)? We can ride with the Rohirim—the horsemen of Rohan—at Helms Deep or stand within in the crowd at the top Minas Tirith in Gondor as Aragorn is crowned (and he and Arwen finally kiss!). We can attend Bilbo’s party at the start of the first film and walk alongside the Fellowship as it begins its quest for the One Ring. We can even swim alongside Gollum as he catches a fish. For the less easily frightened among us, we can become embroiled in the final battle in Gondor and stand with Eowyn as she confronts the Nazgul towards the end of Return of the King.
This would make an irresistible package, and one for which I might just decide that a 3D TV has become a new household necessity. And I have heard rumors that Lord of the Rings might be in line for a 3D retrofit. Peter Jackson? New Line? Legend 3D? Are you listening?