3DTV does give you a headache?

Seventeen per cent of Americans believe that viewing 3DTV poses health risks to the eyes, and a further 55 per cent “aren’t sure,” a survey of two thousand US consumers from Strategy Analytics’ Digital Consumer Practice reveals. The findings underline a critical task ahead for both vendors and service providers, according to the firm.

“We’ve long believed that 3DTV faced a tough road with numerous obstacles, namely content availability, consumer interest and viable business models” said Ben Piper, Director of Strategy Analytics’ Multiplay Market Dynamics service.

With 72 per cent of the market either convinced of or unsure about potential 3DTV health and safety risks, the number one priority for 3DTV vendors and service providers needs to be messaging, according to Piper. While there is little published scientific evidence linking 3DTV and eye problems, anecdotal reports of eye strain, dizziness, headaches and nausea are common.

“Whether or not the safety concerns are justified is immaterial,” added David Mercer, Vice President of the Strategy Analytics Digital Consumer Practice. “The perception issue is one that could substantially hamper 3DTV’s growth going forward.”

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