3D video-on-demand comes to the US. Will anyone care?

Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video

April 29, 2013

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Sensio Unwraps 3D VoD Service in US

After a series of delays, Sensio Technologies launched its on-demand 3DTV service, 3DGO!, on Monday in the U.S. Calling it "the world's first and only dedicated 3D transactional VoD service," Sensio is hinting that 3DGO! will soon work on multiple television platforms supporting Sensio Hi-Fi 3D technology. At launch, however, the service is only available on Vizio Inc. Smart TVs with Theatre 3D. The service requires an app download from the Yahoo Connected TV store along with a 3DGO! account. Over the last year, Sensio has announced several 3D licensing deals for 3DGO! Content partners include Walt Disney Co., Paramount Pictures Corp., Starz Entertainment LLC, Big Picture Digital Productions, and National Geographic Cinema Ventures. The service offers more than 40 titles ranging in price from US$5.99 to $7.99 for a 24-hour rental. Many consumer electronics manufacturers and service providers are still pushing 3D technology, but adoption remains lackluster. At the end of 2012, Leichtman Research Group Inc. (LRG) found that only 6 percent of U.S. homes have a 3D-capable TV, and 41 percent of those households never watch any 3D content. (See Dish Unveils Its HD-DVR Sling Shot.) Home Box Office Inc. (HBO) CTO Bob Zitter also expressed skepticism over the technology recently, suggesting that "3D with glasses is dead." — Mari Silbey, Special to Light Reading Cable

About the Author(s)

Mari Silbey

Senior Editor, Cable/Video

Mari Silbey is a senior editor covering broadband infrastructure, video delivery, smart cities and all things cable. Previously, she worked independently for nearly a decade, contributing to trade publications, authoring custom research reports and consulting for a variety of corporate and association clients. Among her storied (and sometimes dubious) achievements, Mari launched the corporate blog for Motorola's Home division way back in 2007, ran a content development program for Limelight Networks and did her best to entertain the video nerd masses as a long-time columnist for the media blog Zatz Not Funny. She is based in Washington, D.C.

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