Originally Posted by Isnoreatmovies
I wouldn't call 12 years to commit to evening broadcasts and 18 years to commit to all day programming in color "embraced".
Avatar and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs essentially ushered in the new era of 3D movies in 2009, Panasonic offered the FIRST modern 3D television in the spring of 2010. We're talking just 3 years ago.
It took 18 years for sales of color tv sets to match the sales of black and white, 3D has come a long ways fast comparatively. Whether it becomes the dominant medium or not in the future is unknown, but it is quite early to even say it's faltering by any means.
Absolutely embraced. The broadcasters of old wanted "color." They clearly saw "color" as the future of TV. The willingness was absolutely there.
You say the time it took to fully implement the color technology is an indication of not embracing the color technology? You are missing the context of the era. You are used to the rapid development and distribution of technology today. Four years is almost a generation in today's technology lifespan. Not so back in the days. Things moved much more slowly than now.
Also don't forget the relative cost. Color TV in olden days cost hell of a lot more than 3D TV today to an average consumer which would impede the penetration rate. In fact, technology is a whole lot cheaper in general. Do you remember how much VCR was when it first came out? And put that price in today's dollar. You will be astounded.
Of course, by today's standard, the time it took the broadcasters to adopt the color technology seem abnormally long but that has no bearing on the broadcasters' want and willingness to have "color." You have to consider that shifting from black and white to color is a wholesale change in equipment; and I am sure the cost was not cheap. You can understand why broadcasters would take their time when you take the cost and required effort to convert to "color" into consideration.
On the contrary, for 3D TV technology, the cost and effort should not be so odious in comparison for the broadcasters. The reason for lack of 3D broadcasting is that the willingness is simply not there for the broadcasters. There is no commitment. Who's broadcasting in 3D now?
Let's look at it from another angle. Once started broadcasting in color, did any broadcasters of old stopped broadcasting in color? Did any of the pundits of old claim that "color" TV is a fad and will die/is dying? I don't know but that is exactly what's happening with 3D TV today.
Don't get me wrong. I really, really hope that you are right since I am simply enamored with 3D. All I can say is it's still way too difficult to get 3D in terms of cost and convenience; and it doesn't look like it's going to get better anytime soon.