Is Spit-View TV Going To Be All That And A Bag Of Chips?
January 11, 2013

CES 2013: 3D Split-View TV, Television’s Next Big Thing?

Lee Rannals for — Your Universe Online

Both Samsung and LG unveiled a newer technology at the 2013 International CES aimed to calm an unsettled household topic: What are we going to watch tonight?

The new technology allows users to watch two different television shows, on the same TV, simultaneously. For real.

All those hours spent trying to debate whether you and your wife were going to watch American Idol or basketball are now over. You can watch both, again, on the same television screen, at the same time. So, while your wife watches the Lakers get pummeled by the Clippers, you can be viewing the next-generation Justin Bieber.

I got a chance to try out Samsung's split-view 3D version of this new technology while at CES, and to do so I had to wait in line for about 10 minutes while everyone hogged the glasses that were needed to view the technology.

I stepped into the booth thinking that, like glasses-free 3D, this technology was going to have too many flaws, and would give me a headache.

The eyeglasses are simply like the 3D glasses that are available today, except they come with headphones that hang down around by the ears and have a switch to flip between watching the two television screens.

At first look, without the glasses, the TV was obviously displaying two screens at the same time and looked like a double-exposure picture. Once you place the glasses over your eyes, the screen instantly changes into what looks like one picture, on a very good television.

Not only did the 3D technology pop better than most TVs I have watched, but the image quality was better than any LED HDTV in the business.

Samsung's new technology is only available on the new 55-inch OLED TVs it announced at CES, which will be available this year for about $9,000.

While a $9,000 price tag seems a little unfair, in just a couple years it will probably be more like $2,000 to $3,000, which will be a more than fair price. The only question is, at that time, will this 3D split-view technology latch on? Other companies seem to believe it will; now it just depends on whether the consumer feels the need for it.