Premium price for 3DTV early adopters

US consumers who expect to buy a 3DTV during the next year plan to spend 56 per cent more than those buying a regular HDTV, according to the latest research from the Strategy Analytics Connected Home Devices service. The report – 3DTVs: Buying Intentions and Early Adopter Feedback – finds that the average expected price of a 3DTV is $1,224, compared to $785 for an HDTV. The research found slightly lower 3DTV price premiums in major European markets, ranging from 54 per cent in France to 35 per cent in Italy.

“There have been suggestions that consumers are not willing to pay more for 3DTVs,” notes Jia Wu, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics. “Strategy Analytics research casts doubt on this theory. Those who are thinking of buying the product attach significant additional value to a 3DTV relative to a regular HDTV.”

This study also reports that 11.5 per cent of consumers in the US are somewhat or very likely to purchase a 3DTV during the coming 12 months, compared to 9.0 per cent in Germany and 6.9 per cent in the UK.

“3DTVs exhibit all the classic signs of an emerging market with early teething problems,” says David Mercer, Principal Analyst and the report author. “Potential customers still report concerns over the potential health impact of watching 3DTV, so the industry must continue to address the remaining barriers to widespread adoption and focus on delivering further enhancements to in-home 3D technology.”

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