Number of 3D channels to hit 3 digits by 2015

3D TV may be taking off more slowly than a Kia in a quarter mile drag race, but there will still be "over 100" channels of the stuff by 2015, according to a study conducted by In-Stat Research.

The research uses the domino theory to explain why. "Once one pay TV distributor in a country is offering 3D, the others need to be fast followers unless they want to lose their top tier customers," said In-Stat principal analyst Michelle Abraham in a news release.

Among other things, the study concludes that live event coverage will grow this year even though "challenges remain" and that sports, movie, documentary and movie channels (is there anything left?) are most likely to move to 3D first. It also appears that North American service providers will be among the falling dominoes, not the ones leading the parade, since "the largest number of 3D channels are currently available in Europe."

For more:
- see this news release

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