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3D TV Is Dead (cnet.com) 397

While Samsung dropped 3D support in 2016, LG and Sony -- the last two major TV makers to support the 3D feature in their TVs -- will stop doing so in 2017. None of their TVs, including the high-end OLED TV models, will be able to show 3D movies and TV shows. As a result, 3D TV is dead. The question is no longer when (or even why) 3D TVs will become obsolete, it's will 3D TVs ever rise again? CNET reports: The 3D feature has been offered on select televisions since 2010, when the theatrical success of "Avatar" in 3D helped encourage renewed interest in the technology. In addition to a 3D-capable TV, it requires specialized glasses for each viewer and the 3D version of a TV show or movie -- although some TVs also offer a simulated 3D effect mode. Despite enthusiasm at the box office and years of 3D TVs being available at affordable prices, the technology never really caught on at home. DirecTV canceled its 24/7 3D channel in 2012 and ESPN followed suit a year later. There are plenty of 3D Blu-ray discs still being released, such as "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," but if you want to watch them at home you'll need a TV from 2016 or earlier -- or a home theater projector. Those market trends are clear: Sales of 3D home video gear have declined every year since 2012. According to data from the NPD Group, 3D TV represents just 8 percent of total TV sales dollars for the full year of 2016, down from 16 percent in 2015 and 23 percent in 2012. Native 3D-capable Blu-ray players fell to just 11 percent of the market in 2016, compared to 25 percent in 2015 and 40 percent in 2012. As for whether or not 3D TVs will ever become popular again, David Katzmaier writes via CNET, based on his own "anecdotal experience as a TV reviewer": Over the years, the one thing most people told me about the 3D feature on their televisions was that they never used it. Sure, some people occasionally enjoyed a 3D movie on Blu-ray, but the majority of people I talked to tried it once or twice, maybe, then never picked up the glasses again. I don't think most viewers will miss 3D. I have never awarded points in my reviews for the feature, and 3D performance (which I stopped testing in 2016) has never figured into my ratings. I've had a 3D TV at home since 2011 and I've only used the feature a couple of times, mainly in brief demos to friends and family. Over the 2016 holiday break I offered my family the choice to watch "The Force Awakens" in 2D or 3D, and (after I reminded everyone they had to wear the glasses) 2D was the unanimous choice. But some viewers will be sad to see the feature go. There's even a change.org petition for LG to bring back the feature, which currently stands at 3,981 supporters. Of course 3D TV could come back to life, but I'd be surprised if it happened before TV makers perfect a way to watch it without glasses.

Comment Re: Build your own software, asshole (Score 1) 222

He was really asking: How can I get people to work for me, for free.

I am not sure if this was his intention or if it was just a clumsy way to ask, but yeah, this is how it came across to me and why I was annoyed by it. In the end it would have been the /. editor's job to help him.

Comment Re: Build your own software, asshole (Score 1) 222

Are we speaking the same language? I'm not sure "petition" means what you think it means.

But sweet Jesus are nerds here sensitive.

English is not my first language, but I have never seen petition used in the sense of "just asking". "A petition is a request to do something" says Wikipedia.

Comment Re: Build your own software, asshole (Score 1) 222

No, see TFS:

dryriver writes:
Somebody I know has been searching ...

. dryriver was the one who posted to /..
FWIW, I agree that the "asshole" response was inappropriate, but IMHO the /. editor should not have posted it the was it was phrased. You won't get a good answer to a bad question

Comment Re: Build your own software, asshole (Score 1) 222

Maybe "in effect" if you discard the tone and the total lack of any effort by the submitter. If what he really intended to ask, as you suggest, 'is there an "ideas bank" for software somewhere on the net where people who have a specific suggestion can place it, and programmers who are looking for ideas can go to get suggestions from other people', he did not even invest the effort to come up with a question as good as that; which is the minimum he should have done if he values other people's time at least as much as his own.

He also could have added what precisely he had researched so far and why the results were not satisfactory, why he does not simply hire a freelance coder (for which the web search terms are obvious), and what he would offer to an open source project taking up his idea (e.g., money or contributions to specification or testing).

Comment Re: Build your own software, asshole (Score 1) 222

Not the "dryriver writes" and the quote around his words. "This is a good place ..." was added by the Slashdot editor, it had not been part of dryriver's submission. dryriver was talking about "petitioning" other people as if he had a claim to their time and work, at least that's how it sounded to me.

Comment Re: Build your own software, asshole (Score 1) 222

The tone of this message is exactly why so many people consider open source developers to be an incredibly hostile and rude crowd. Although I do understand the reasons for saying no, it need not be done in the rudest way possible, such as what you see on display with the parent post. If you want more open source developers and users, perhaps it's time for the community to become a less hostile place.

I thought the question in the summary was rude, not the answer

Comment Re:Bitperfect Studio Master Streaming? (Score 1) 180

Thanks for that. I didn't see a link to Masters anywhere on tidal.com. Another thing I can't find: a publicly searchable catalog. Do you have to join to preview "curated" selections?

For me, Masters shows up as the third panel on the homepage. But no worries, I'm glad I could help. I believe that in a browser you can search by going to the hamburger menu top right, then click web player. Or try to go to https://listen.tidal.com/ directly. But they also have a free one-month trial period.

Comment Re:Bitperfect Studio Master Streaming? (Score 1) 180

Tidal HiFi is 16/44.1, i.e. CD quality, so it's not necessarily a reproduction of the studio master, which could be e.g. 24/44.1, 24/88.2, 24/96, 24/192, various DSD formats, etc.

The Hifi subscription is CD quality and has always existed in Tidal of course. What I mean is the newly launched Tidal Masters, which is part of the Hifi subscription and delivers 96 kHz/24 bit. See http://tidal.com/masters

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