SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Already this morning at Manny’s TV and Appliances in West Springfield all the TV’s were tuned to ESPN – the network carrying tonight’s big game. For those watching in person, it will be quite an experience. And now, thanks to ESPN offering the game in 3D, it can be pretty exciting at home as well… assuming you have the right gear.
“3D technology with the use of the glasses that you either have to purchase or are included in the product allows you to see a 3 dimensional field,“ explained store manager, George Rodriguez. “It’s a deeper image, more depth to the picture.”
In an age where bigger is better and thin is in 3D is the latest TV craze. Or at least it was supposed to be. Almost a 3rd of new TV’s come with a 3-d option, but that doesn’t mean people are using it or even know they have it. And it certainly doesn’t mean a whole lot of people are clamoring for it. There’s just not a lot to see.
“There’s a lack of content,” said Rodriguez. “Most people that use 3D use it in a DVD format where they basically have children’s movies, but cable companies and satellite companies have some limited programing in 3D, but not that much.”
You also need to wear special 3D glasses. They’re required to see the 3D image, which is ironic because they could be the very reason people have been hesitant to embrace the technology. Now you not only have to worry about losing the remote, you also have to keep track of several pair of expensive glasses. If you have to replace them, they can cost upwards of $100 a pair.
Still, for the die-hard sports fan in search of the latest and greatest experience… from their couch… it may be worth it.
“We’ve had a few people ask about it but not a big impact per se. Because again, it’s something you have to subscribe to that you got to have extra on your cable system and it’s got to be set up and wired up to use it properly so it’s not I guess for everybody yet.”
Close to 30 million viewers are expected to tune in to tonight’s game, especially if it’s a close one. ESPN hasn’t released the rates for commercials, but media buyers are rumored to have paid a million dollars for a 30-second spot.