Those dreadful glasses are on their way back to our TV. On Sat March 8th 2008 the BBC is broadcasting a live rugby union match (England V Scotland) in 3D to a select audience (details). It follows a couple of tests on several US sporting events last year (here).
I suspect that there is little mass-market viability at the end of the day – it’s not new and historically people have never taken to the idea of wearing glasses other than for a bit of a gimmick.
If 3D is to take off, it will most likely be in a different form (not using glasses) and there are some pretty cool devices already out there : see our blog post on other developing 3D technologies here.
A consortium of several 3D companies (the3DFirm) is pushing the latest 3D broadcast technology.
The equipment used (as shown on the3dfirm’s website)