Global sales of 3D-capable televisions are expected to reach 1.2 million units up from 200,000 units in 2009. according to a recent report from Displaysearch.

The firm forecasts that the total stereoscopic 3D display market will grow to 64 million units by 2018.

“We have passed the first hurdle,” said Paul Gray, DisplaySearch Director of TV Electronics Research. “The critical Blu-ray 3D specification is written, but now comes the hard work of securing interoperability. Consumers will want reassurance that such things as 3D glasses will interoperate between brands. Retailers will also have the same demand to allow a thriving accessory market to develop. The next stage is less glamorous but vital to secure 3D’s long-term value. We have seen 3D crazes before, and sustained attention to detail is important to prevent disillusionment from starting.”

The following chart highlights the DisplaySearch 3D TV Set Forecast for coming years.

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