3D TVs are not selling like hot cakes, that is for sure. Our own tracking confirms that. When the first 3D TV went on sale in May/June time frame early adopters jumped on it. Since then interest in buying a 3D TV has faded. DisplayResearch just published a report saying that they predict 3D TV shipments to be just under 1.6 million this year in the United States. In April DisplayResearch still predicted 2.5 million units.
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DisplayResearch says that in 2014 the world-wide 3D TV sales would reach 90 million. If that really happens depends on when Hollywood gets over the chicken-and-egg problem: No 3D Blu-ray discs no 3D TV sales.
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Some argue that the high price is an issue. Well also, low-priced 3D TVs (sub $1,000) are not selling. 3D TVs are just not compelling without readily available 3D content. There are also other studies that say the iPad hurts TV sales in general. Consumers are having limited Dollars to spend this year again on fun stuff like consumer electronics. The iPad sells like crazy. The $500 cost of an iPad cleans out this budget.