3-D Televisions Will Surely Use Even More Energy
Just when you filled your house with those big flat screen plasma and LCD televisions, which use twice as much energy as the fat old televisions, here comes 3-D. I don't even want to think about how much energy the 3-D televisions will use. I am sure they will get an Energy Star designation though. They will be the most efficient 3-D televisions possible. Right. America? This is one of the reasons why we can never reduce our electricity consumption.
Television networks and entertainment corporations are planning to produce and broadcast 3-D movies, TV programs and sporting events. But they need electronics companies to build, and Americans to buy, new 3-D television sets to justify developing this new content. Discovery-Sony-Imax, DirecTV, Walt Disney, and ESPN are all planning 3-D programming. The incredible success of "Avatar" has served to accelerate interest in delivering the same experience to American households. And similar dollars in the pockets of entertainment companies and electronics firms. According to some estimates, only about 1% to 2% of the 35 million flat-screen TVs that will be sold in the U.S. will be 3-D-enabled in 2010. (WSJ, 1/6/10)