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CES 2013: BBC man says 3D TV is dead but 4K and Google TV are great

It might not be the official line from Auntie, but one BBC insider sounds glad that 3D took a very distant back seat to 4K and 3D at last week’s CES tech show.

Writing in TV industry trade paper Broadcast, Mark Harrison writes of his experience at the annual Las Vegas showcase of consumer technology.

“3D’s place has been taken by 4K, or Ultra HD. We are years away from being able to make and transmit in 4K, yet it matters far more than 3D ever did.”

CES 2013: BBC man says 3D TV is dead but 4K and Google TV are great
3D is dead, long live 4K and smart TV

Harrison, who’s controller of production for BBC North, looks forward to the challenge of making TV that looks good in 4K, as producers’ budgets get ever-tighter.

This year’s real star, Harrison says, was smart TV: “The final, and most compelling, truth of CES 2013 is that smart TVs just stopped being stupid.”

So who was the winner? Samsung, Sony, LG, Panasonic? Nope, it was Google TV, often maligned by tech journalists.

“Perhaps the most compelling offering is Google TV – an open platform for whichever manufacturer wants it, and several do.”

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