I remember how back in the days how 3D looked like it was going to take over the world, TV manufacturers were all jumping into the 3D bandwagon, showing off the new capability along with “stylish” glasses. At one point, Glasses-free 3D were even a hit not just on the big screen, but on mobile devices as well – Nintendo 3DS, HTC EVO 3D and LG Optimus 3D; it was around that time when 3D sports broadcasting became a hit – even the last Olympics were broadcasted in 3D, free for United States. Well, that was fun while it lasted because it looks like ESPN will kill of its 3D broadcasting by the end of the year.
It’s not the end of 3D per say, but the move suggests that there are not much demand for 3D content. ESPN confirmed to Gizmodo that they will indeed end 3D broadcasting but will not kill it off for good. If and when 3D ever make it back, ESPN will adopt back the technology, but will it ever?
The end of 3D broadcasting by ESPN is good news actually, with 4K TVs making such a huge appearance in CES 2013, ESPN also announced that it will pay more focus into the future of UltraHD. I guess ultra high resolution is better and more comfortable to look at than a third dimension in your video content.