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July 05, 2013
BBC sees the light and abandons 3D TV
The BBC will stop making programmes in 3D at the end of this year at least until 2016 following "disappointing" takeup.
The BBC's head of 3D, Kim Shillinglaw, said that using it in the home is a "hassly" experience and that "I have never seen a very big appetite for 3D television in the UK."
Shillinglaw said the process was still too complex because watching in 3D requires special glasses – either "passive" or "active", depending on the screen. "You have got to find your glasses before switching on the TV," she said. "I think when people watch TV they concentrate in a different way. When people go to the cinema they go and are used to doing one thing – I think that's one of the reasons that takeup of 3D TV has been disappointing."
The 50th anniversary of Doctor Who will still be broadcast in 3D, as well as the already-commissioned series Hidden Kingdom. But that will be it.
Won't miss it myself. Now Sky, with the last remaining 3D channel, really is "the dark side" (geddit?!).