Tuesday, July 26, 2016

'Consumer Reports' Gets it Wrong About 3D...AGAIN!

 
I've long since come to an understanding that magazine Consumer Reports is more about the stock market then it is about giving out useful advice to their readers.  The idea behind the magazine is that they are supposed to let readers know about different technology, how it works, and whether it would be beneficial to the people reading the magazine to have it.  More often than not, however, most of their (so-called) "recommendations" have more to do with what is catching on in the marketplace, not whether or not people would have use for an item that may or may not be catching ground.  In their September, 2016 issue, CR did yet another guide on the different types of TV's out there, who is making them, and whether or not you'd want to buy one with said features in it.  Of course, the pros and cons really just boiled down to what is selling and what's not, and no where is that more evident than in their 'advice' on whether or not to buy a 3D TV.

I have posted a picture of the (brief) article above, but the basic gist of it is that you should only buy 3D if you already like it, and that the cons are that most television manufacturers aren't making them anymore.  This is so not helpful to a consumer for a multitude of reasons, not the least of which is that some people reading this magazine may genuinely not know WHY they would or wouldn't want a 3D TV!  For me, I can name some good reasons right now for owning a 3D TV:

  • Avatar
  • Star Trek: Into Darkness
  • How to Train Your Dragon 1 & 2
  • Kung fu Panda Trilogy
  • Gravity
  • Dolphin Tale
  • Anything from DreamWorks Animation
  • Disney's A Christmas Carol
  • The Polar Express
  • The Hobbit Trilogy
  • Oz the Great and Powerful
  • Coraline
  • The Adventures of Tinting
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Walk
  • Inside Out
  • Life of Pi
  • Hugo
  • Pina
  • Frozen
  • Cave of Forgotten Dreams
  • The Amazing Spider-Man
And that's just what's out.  Reasons to get it soon include:
  • The Jungle Book
  • Star Trek Beyond
  • Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
  • Finding Dory
CR, let me clue you in on why someone would want a 3D TV: Because 3D makes certain movies better.  It just does.  Therefor, when people ask why they would want a 3D TV, you don't discuss that it makes the TV more expensive, the glasses can be a pain, or that TV manufacturer's completely overestimated how much people would want the format in the first place.  You discuss these movies.  You discuss how, even though they may be few and far between, you want the 3D TV so that should you ever watch movies like these, you will have the option to watch them not only in the way they were meant to be seen, but the best possible way PERIOD!  What you wrote was a stock holder fluff piece on how the format hasn't taken off.  If this was truly supposed to be helpful to consumers, you failed in a massive way.  The average consumer doesn't care about whether or not 3D is a technical success or not.  They do, however, care if having that option will make their favorite movies look better.  In the cases of the movies listed above (and some not mentioned) the answer is yes, and you should be ashamed that you didn't explain this.

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