Adult 3D coming to a TV near you


March 3, 2011

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In the hierarchy of human needs, sex ranks a close third behind food and air. Pornography has always been one of the drivers of technology adoption, and it seems likely that the budding 3D television industry, which quite frankly is in dire need of a problem to solve, might have a savior in the rush to market of the pornographers. Just as it has done previously with new video formats (home players, internet video and internet HD) porn will provide key content to drive the technology adoption, and this one will be 3D, and Penthouse has just begun the first Pan European 3D formatted adult channel – PENTHOUSE 3D, and others will soon follow.

Pornography has always been at the forefront of technology and new and more detailed platforms to deliver its wares – it was one of the primary factors in the superior Beta home video player technology being gazumped by VHS – the porn industry chose VHS and built winning consumer adoption. Video delivery over the internet was also pioneered by the porn industry, so the ever more granular mediums of HD and 3D HD are a natural.

Though I and nearly all of my colleagues at Gizmag are still highly dubious of the benefits of 3D, it's becoming increasingly likely that sport and adult content will be the drivers of purchase for the 3D market once it gets beyond the early adopters.

The channel launch on March 1st, 2011 includes 30 hours of full 3D HD refreshment monthly and will be available on a daily basis from 11:00 pm until 5:00 am (GMT +1) on ASTRA 3B, 23, 5 Degrees East.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, (Australia's largest Telco), (Australia's largest employment site),,, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon

\"In the hierarchy of human needs, sex ranks a close third behind food and air.\"

...I\'m pretty sure it\'s not, actually.

Von Meerman

water is second making sex fourth so yes your right Von.

Wayne Carkeek

You 2 seriously need to get laid.



The party really gets fun when things go erohaptic feedback.


It seems that the importance of sexuality changes throughout one\'s life. Thus its placement in the list of human priorities is probably dynamic, not static. As a man gets older, acquiring a bottle of fine wine might (mentally) excite him more than an attractive woman did when he was younger.


The invention of the Brewster Stereoscope in 1849 was effectively the start of stereo photography (drawn stereograms came earlier). Within a year, the Parisian market in naked photographs went stereo. For the voluptuous taste of the times, the added depth was great added value.

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1:9)


3rd time you\'ve posted this article Gizmag. What, not enough technology going on out there?


Penthouse or Playboy stuff is not pornography. Regarding take-up of 3D, why don\'t games companies produce first-person perspective games in 3D? More people play games than watch films.

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