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3D TV nears its end – future flat for Samsung and LG

There’s every indication that Samsung and LG are abandoning 3D for future TV sets.

CES 2016 brought with it a raft of exciting new TV sets from the usual players, particularly Samsung and LG. While 4K, HDR, and deeply connected smart UIs seem to be the future, however, there appears to be no place for 3D.

A recent report from Korea’s ET News (via Pocket-lint) reveals that both Samsung and LG – the two biggest TV makers in the business – are turning their backs on home cinema 3D technology.

Samsung apparently won’t be adding 3D to any new products, as it emerges that it hasn’t placed any orders for 3D glasses with its suppliers.

Meanwhile, LG has confirmed that only its premium 2016 TV sets will sport 3D as a feature. This will represent a halving of its usual 3D-capable roster.

“Although 40% of all TVs last year had 3D functions, only 20% of TVs this year will have 3D function,” an LG spokesperson told the publication.

If you’re wondering why LG is still sticking with the feature at all when Samsung has seemingly opted to drop it altogether, the report suggests that it could be down to the lower production cost of LG’s 3D system.

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LG also reckons that there remains some demand for 3D content among a small enthusiast home cinema crowd – hence only keeping the technology for its premium TV line.

With VR technology on the rise, the whole concept of 3D entertainment seems to be taking a very different form to that of a few years ago.

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