Jan. 5, 2011 at 3:36 PM ET
Rather than spam you with every little 3-D news item coming out of CES 2011 here in Vegas, I'd like to share the above pie chart, created by Nielsen after a survey of thousands of people, which basically says that nobody cares about 3-D TV.
Pay close attention: The biggest two pieces of the pie are "definitely won't" and "probably won't." That accounts for 76 percent of the market. But here's the key finding: 16 percent "may nor may not" buy one.
The most 3-D-friendly interpretation of this is that these people are waiting to see what happens. I agree. With enough Blu-ray movies, full support from game consoles, and an interesting selection of non-premium 3-D cable channels, 3-D might carve out a healthy niche. On the pessimistic side, however, the "maybe" people may just know the dirty secret of the TV business: Every pay-extra feature eventually becomes standard.
Let's put it another way: A far greater percentage than 24 (the percent that inclues both the definites and the maybes) may end up owning 3-D TVs in the coming years. But some may not even know it — and the majority won't care.
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