That was it. That was 3DTV's best chance. ESPN just decided to discontinue its push for 3DTV sporting events, deciding its time would be better spent focusing on traditional high resolution broadcasts and Tim Tebow daguerreotypes. And that, in a nutshell, effectively kills 3DTV's chances of ever going mainstream.
Mario Manningham's sideline catch in the Super Bowl was a virtuosic use of space. But the only way to watch it was in two dimensions. While 3D movies have spread everywhere, and TV manufacturers are aggressively pushing 3D TV, the NFL is sticking with two-dimensional production for its biggest game.
Patrick Sauer recently attended a viewing of the first-ever NBA telecast on ESPN's new 3D channel, and it was a glimpse into our strange future: floating heads, precision celebrity high-fives, and lots and lots of really unreal detail.
Getting beaten by an 11-year-old while he flings racial and homophobic taunts is annoying enough. Now there's a faster way to get a headache from playing Madden 11: 3D!