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It's Official: DIRECTV 3D coming in June

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Stuart Sweet, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. Jan 7, 2010 #81 of 286
    RACJ2

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    OK, they posted the video on their website, so you can hear it for yourself. I hope this guy knows what he is taking about [Link].
     
  2. Jan 7, 2010 #82 of 286
    Stuart Sweet

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    Well, that's all very possible. However, DIRECTV seems to be indicating that their partnership is with Panasonic, at least for the first year. If I had to look into the crystal ball, I'd be more likely to believe that the Samsung guy means "there is no technical limitation to DIRECTV building in support for this TV."

    At any rate, looking at the time it took for HD adoption to catch on, and that's with a serious mandate from the government, I would expect 3D to take years before it became pervasive, and that's if it's even successful.
     
  3. Jan 7, 2010 #83 of 286
    DaveP

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    For what it's worth, I was at CES *last* year when most of the TV manufacturers were also demo'ing their 3D TVs... it didn't get a lot of press because there wasn't much content, but here's my 2 cents on the TVs themselves:
    - The ones that used shutter glasses I couldn't picture myself enjoying at home. It's just too cumbersome and uncomfortable.
    - The ones that used the thin and light polarized glasses: some were OK, one was fantastic (I forget which it was, but it was a year ago, so that's somewhat irrelevant now). I could definitely see myself watching TV this way and being happy with it. I could even envision when this becomes mainstream enough that I could get another set of glasses from my eye doctor with the polarized filters built-in, similar to how I get a 2nd set of prescription sun glasses. (I do wear glasses and don't mind the thin and light polarized glasses over top of my normal ones)
    - The ones that don't require any glasses at all: These were really cool, but do some really wacky things to make it work without glasses that make them work really well for something like a spinning 3D graphical model of a widget in ACME's lobby, but I'd never want to watch TV on it.
     
  4. Jan 7, 2010 #84 of 286
    Lee L

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    Actually, I installed a Samsung plasma for my mom last year and it said it was 3D capable on teh box. It had a port on the back for hooking to some processor I guess (or maybe to the IR sync device that some use for the glasses), so who knows if it will work with what is being proposed now, but it definitely advertised as 3D capable.
     
  5. Jan 7, 2010 #85 of 286
    RCY

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    Since I just replaced my 15 and 20 year old CRT TVs in the last couple of years, it'll probably be a loooong time before I'm looking at new TVs. And maxing out at 1080i and 720p on the "new" TVs, I'm out of the pool for 3-D.

    So, in addition to the high cost for a new TV (for me, anyway) I see a serious upcharge for this kind of programming. Not to mention constantly asking myself, "where did my 3-D glasses go?" :)

    But if you've got the coin, I'd think digital 3-D TV would be great. (Avatar in digital 3-D was amazing, IMO.)
     
  6. Jan 7, 2010 #86 of 286
    RACJ2

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    It was designed to be used with a PC connected, so its unlikely that it will work with the broadcast 3D. Here is the kit she can buy [Link].
     
  7. Jan 7, 2010 #87 of 286
    Alan Gordon

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    Are you saying that the new TVs you recently bought are 1080i and 720p, because the new 3D sets are 1080p?

    ~Alan
     
  8. Jan 7, 2010 #88 of 286
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    Not entirely accurate, as the approach they take for content presentation actually governs that. If, for example, some HDTV manufacturer offered a "3D screen overlay kit", it could work with other displays. That's just one alternative.

    Until we know more about the options, its a bit premature to assume it will be limited to just one display technology.

    I saw 3 different formats alone LAST year at CES, and there will likely be 10 times that many when I set foot in CES later this week.
     
  9. Jan 7, 2010 #89 of 286
    Grentz

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    Not necessarily, it still can accept the 3D signals, whether from a PC or set top box or whatever. So it might indeed work.

    The whole 3D technology is confusing right now since there are different players with unique ways of doing it.

    I posted this before, but here is a 3D ready list:
    http://www.3dmovielist.com/3dhdtvs.html
     
  10. Jan 7, 2010 #90 of 286
    Alan Gordon

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    I'm not sure why you quoted me?!?! :confused:

    I said that the technology will not be limited to just one display technology. Just that at this time, DLPs are (basically) the only sets currently released that should be able to take advantage of this format.

    Later this year, other types of displays will hit the stores...

    Everything I have read has said the same thing...

    ~Alan<~~~~~~~~Who would be suspicious of any screen-overlay...
     
  11. Jan 7, 2010 #91 of 286
    oldcrooner

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    Directv doing a little experimenting on the side with 3-D TV is fine and dandy. However, IMHO, they should be primarily be spending their time, effort and money on making their present service the best possible visually. This is currently not the case with their horribly over-compressed SD channels and HD channels that are not being delivered at the highest quality they could be. Most OTA stations have betrayed HD quality with their overabundance of sub-channels and poor technical management; Directv should be striving for excellence. In many instances, I saw better HD 10-15 years ago than I'm seeing now. And yes, Directv is probably better than many/most other HD programming suppliers but that is still no excuse for mediocrity.
     
  12. Jan 7, 2010 #92 of 286
    sarhaynes

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    I found this press release today:

    From the way I read this, it sounds like you don't need new set top box or use extra bandwidth.

    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-rele...-deliver-3d-content-to-the-home-80866512.html

     
  13. Jan 7, 2010 #93 of 286
    taz291819

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    This is correct. At the time these displays were produced, the only option for feeding them 3D content was a PC, that's why it says that in the instruction manual.

    On the flip side, Directv is going to use the RealD SbS method (side-by-side). This is not compatible with current Mits and Samsungs. You will need a converter, unless somehow Directv can put the ability to convert into the STBs (PC software players currently do this with no problem).
     
  14. Jan 7, 2010 #94 of 286
    taz291819

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    Not exactly true. Samsung has sold several Plasmas (720p) over the past two years that are 3D-Ready. There aren't any 1080p Plasmas currently on the market that are 3D-Ready though.

    Also, I know you didn't say this Alan, but I'll put DLP up against any plasma (minus maybe the Kuro) or LCD.

    I've never quite understood why people are infatuated with super-thin displays. Unless you hang it on a wall, you still have to put it on a stand, which adds depth. My 61" DLP is only 6" deep at the bottom, and tapers to about 1" at the top. And it only weighs ~65lbs.

    And even if you hang a LCD or Plasma on the wall, it still looks out of place with speakers (unless you use in-wall speakers). Then you have to fish all the wires inside the drywall, if you want it to look nice and neat. Never quite grasped why people want the display to be so thin.
     
  15. Jan 7, 2010 #95 of 286
    taz291819

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    That's the beauty of it. If you don't want to buy/watch it, you don't have to.
     
  16. Jan 7, 2010 #96 of 286
    vegasnv

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    I was going to check out CES this weekend hoping to see a new HD DVR, Tivo or not, from Directv. I'm disappointed the only news from Directv is that 3D is coming.

    I'm getting very tired of my slow HR21-100.
     
  17. Jan 7, 2010 #97 of 286
    hdtvfan0001

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    DirecTV did not exhibit there last year either, so it comes as no surprise.

    When the new Tivobox is ready for some form of "official unveiling", odds are DBSTalk will be the first or one of the first places to learn about it.
     
  18. Jan 7, 2010 #98 of 286
    hdtvfan0001

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    Here's some more clarification from a piece on Mediabiz's site today in the Sky Report section:


    "The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) says 3D could sizzle for BSkyB....

    ...Could that mean good news for DIRECTV which also plans a 3D launch? Yep. With Panasonic by June of this year .... 2 linear channels plus a VOD version. The channels will work with new Panasonic 3D sets and current DIRECTV boxes."


    Seems clear now what this will be...
     
  19. Jan 7, 2010 #99 of 286
    mountainDBS

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    Oh boy Oh boy Oh boy! 3-D TV. what's that gonna cost 59.99 a month by itself, alone, one channel? :rolleyes:
     
  20. Jan 7, 2010 #100 of 286
    Dave

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    On the other side of the equation. TV makers and other inividual companies are not expecting this technoligy to be fully accepted until (2018) when there will be 198 million HD sets capable of 3D performance. So as we can see this will be a very long range project.
     

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