Have Australian Free-To-Air Channels Abandoned 3D?

The 3D transmitters used to broadcast the State of Origin and FIFA World Cup last year have been removed from towers in Australia's capital cities. Foxtel recently ran the X Games in 3D, and it now looks like pay TV (and Blu-ray) will be the only place you'll find 3D content. Is this a nail in the coffin for what many have always referred to as a fad?

Though many new TVs now have 3D capabilities, 'Internet connectivity' is the industry's new poster child -- largely because there's simply not enough 3D content. And free-to-air all but giving up won't improve matters.

The Courier Mail has confirmed the transmitters have been removed, and reports that the Australian Communications and Media Authority has received no further applications for 3D TV trials. Adding insult to injury is that even Foxtel has no plans to show the upcoming Rugby World Cup in 3D, despite the finals being filmed in 3D. Event cinemas will have special 3D screenings like they did for Wimbledon.

3D TV has stalled, but apparently enough demand, complaints, and new investment by broadcasters could still bring it back in time for the 2012 London Olympics. I won't hold my breath. [Courier Mail]