Feeds

Brits blasé about 3D TV 'fad'

Survey suggest very few early adopters

Security for virtualized datacentres

Brits may have been wowed by Avatar but James Cameron's 3D epic hasn't persuaded them to buy a 3D TV no matter what, research has revealed.

Around 3000 punters were polled this month by shopping website Vouchercodes.co.uk but only 1.4 per cent of them - 42 people - said they were willing to stump up the £2000 the first 3D TVs are expected to cost.

More than half of those surveyed - 53 per cent - said they would only be willing to spend no more than £499 for a 3D TV - a quarter of the current asking price.

When asked what, above all else, might persuade them to buy a 3D TV, 43 per cent of respondents pointed to movies, with 12 per cent picking nature programmes and 11 per cent wanting to watch football in 3D.

Why might they not buy? Because it's a just a fad, 19 per cent said, while just over a quarter of those polled said they were happy watching standard, two-dimensional telly. Two-thirds of those surveyed admitted they feel they'll look silly wearing 3D specs at home.

That's good news for Nintendo, at least, which has said the next incarnation of its DS handheld console will do 3D without the need for special glasses.

Sky kicks off its pubs-only live 3D football channel next month. ®

Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL

More from The Register

next story
Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure
State attorney demands Apple CEO bows the knee to him
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Monitors monitor's monitoring finds touch screens have 0.4% market share
Not four. Point four. Count yer booty again, Microsoft
Getting to the BOTTOM of the great office seating debate
Belay that toil, me hearty, and park your scurvy backside
Hey, Mac fanbois. HGST wants you drooling over its HUGE desktop RACK
What vast digital media repository could possibly need 64 TERABYTES?
In a spin: Samsung accuses LG exec of washing machine SABOTAGE
Rival electronic giant tries to iron out allegations
Lumia rebrand begins: Nokia's new UK web home is Microsoft.com
Yarr, them Nokia logos walking the plank and into the drink
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.