That’s good news anyway you slice it, but it does raise a few additional questions – like how many 3D sets did Panasonic ship inititally? If it was only a few hundred, the feat becomes a bit less impressive. And when are new sets going to hit stores? (Panasonic didn't respond immediately to questions.)
Still, it shows the industry’s marketing push for 3D in the home is starting to pay off – and it shows that the hand-wringing from the media (including, admittedly, this blog) about the price of the sets and whether consumers would want to wear the required glasses in their home might be overstated.
It’s a first step – and an important one. Converting the early adopters can create evangelists. And those evangelists will further convince the mainstream audience that 3D is something they want.
And if you’re Panasonic, that also means you could see your TV business begin to turn around quicker than expected.