Big blockbuster movies, animated effects-heavy features, action games, and live concerts would seem the most natural wish list items for any fan of 3D TV. Last week ESPN's newly-launched 3D channel broadcast the New York Nets-Miami Heat game in 3D with more content to come.
On the Xfinity (Comcast) XF3D channel we get “occasional 3D special event programming from Xfinity.” Dinosaurs 3D, with computer-generated footage and Adventures in Animation seem more like 3D demos than full-blown experiences: full of cool and wonder, but just beginning to scratch the surface of the possible.
With cable providers beginning to develop 3D content, I wonder what they’ll come up with over the next year or two to both show off and make good use of the new technology. It’s a leap pregnant with possibilities ready to make us “ooh and ahh.” OK, so I’m a sucker for all the nifty gee-whiz that 3D promises. To be honest, when we got our first HD TV, I scoured the cable channels for everything I thought might look cool in high definition, and that meant—mostly—nature documentaries, sporting events and effects-heavy movies.
As far as 3D goes, I imagine, I’d still first seek out those great IMAX originals taking us deep beneath the oceans and high up into the mountains; up in space with Hubble or into the deep blue of Antarctic glaciers. And sports. We’re likely to see the Superbowl, the World Series, Stanley Cup Finals in 3D before we get mainstream television series in 3D.
But I wonder what series television would be like in 3D? The use of the 3D technology would have to be judiciously applied—not as a gimmick, but as we’ve seen it used more and more—to supplement and enhance.