10 consumer gadgets that bombed
The tech landscape is littered with electronic innovations that didn’t live up to expectations – or bombed from the get-go.
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As a 3D TV owner, I take issue with this story. I love my 3D TV, and routinely enjoy using it's 3D capabilities. If ESPN is discontinuing it's 3D programming, it's because no one wants to watch the mediocre programming available on that channel. I have never once seen anything being broadcast on that channel that would make me want to pay the extra money each month to watch it on that channel. Furthermore, my 3D TV will convert 2D channels into 3D, making a subscription to a 3D channel completely irrelevant. why should I pay extra for something I can see for free with the hardware built into my TV? 3D TV is not an bad idea, just poorly executed by certain networks. I am an Xfinity customer, and there are (limited but good) available 3D shows with the OnDemand service, which is more (and better) than a subscription service. I truly enjoy every single one of the 3D Blurays I have purchased, and have had many compliments from friends and family, mostly how they with they had a TV like mine, and a few friends have eventually bought a 3D TV after experiencing mine. Plus, some video games are not supporting 3D capabilities, and I can attest to how great it is to play games such as Gears of War 3, and Black Ops 2 in 3D. And to all those who complain about having to wear glasses to watch 3D movies or play 3D games, who cares! It's a small price to pay for the added awesomeness of enjoying 3D technology. 3D TVs are not a bad investment, the available programming for these TVs is simply poorly executed.
Beta flopped because VHS was quicker and easier, and more available. I had a Beta player when I was younger, and Beta was superior in video and audio quality. Beta was the Blu-ray of its time, it was just way ahead of its time. In comparison, it was HI-FI before HI-FI, even though the same company (Sony) came up with both.
DAT! - (Digital Audio Tape)
I was always a cassette guy back in the day and this was going to be the next big thing - NOT!!!!
More ESPN's failure to broadcast more than a handful of sports events in 3D that had real viewer interest...and then rerunning all the duds and oldies to fill timeslots.
Wow... All the tech failures and no mention of MiniDisc (MD), Digital Audio Tape (DAT) and Digital Compact Cassette (DCC). MD was touted as the CDs successor, only to find out that it was pretty inferior soundwise. DAT at least had a life in recording studios for s short time. DCC was stillborn as well as inferior.
It's way too early to say 3-D TV flopped. In the US I can see the slow adoption rate as a part of your argument but it's doing very well in the rest of the world. Also if my memory is correct the statistic about
only 2% of U.S. households owning 3-D TV is from 2011. I'm sure it is much higher than that now however, an argument can be made that many of the people with 3D TV's don't watch 3-D content on them.
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