At the moment 3D is an over hyped diverse non-established "universal" specification that is no different than the HDMI group, Betamax/VHS or Blu-ray/HDDisc fighting matches. It's the movie theaters that have a set, somewhat, format that may not translate to LCD 3D. It will to my DLP. Because that's what they are using.
Well, there are standards that everyone is using. Digital cinema have theirs, BluRay has it's standard, HDMI has a standard and satellite and cable distribution has one.
DLP in the cinema is not like a home DLP. Cinemas use full chips and polarizers, and 99% of the home DLPs use a standard called checkerboard. Nothing like each other.
Dish could adopt one of the pre-specs that may not work with your particular 3D TV because they're not the same.
No, the standard for satellite distribution (and cable) is Side By Side. It looks like a standard HD signal to all the equipment down to your receiver. ANY receiver that can output HD can output 3D. It may not be able to flag the video so the TV knows it is SbS, but that TV could be switched into 3D manually. I do it all the time.
Until they come up with a solid set specification, which means you may need to buy a new TV, it's basically a crap shoot/moot point. Although they do have several levels of hardware, i.e., HDMI 1.4 and the 4k DLP projection (which Mitsubishi uses) that is in place but may not work in trickle down conversion. But until they are firm standards on the market, it is foolish for any "3rd party" vendor (DISH) to latch on to a format.
No there is a standard. Any 3D TV made for the past year will work with any 3D source.
And what 4K is Mitsubishi using? I went to one of their demos, and they were using one chip and it was checkerboard.
It could end up being "not the one" in the end. It is way to early in the game for a group such as DISH to grab a format. If they what to broadcast something that is already 3D, I trust it may be "this image may not appear as intended".
PLUS, it is being found out that 3D may not be the best thing for the human condition. They have found may idiosyncrasies that the human body just can't assimilate to. For instance, Johnny Depp, as there are many, did not go to the opening of the last Pirates 3D premier, because he can not see 3D as it is at the moment. The situation is so early in its infancy for anyone to really jump in and go for it and expect it to last for the long run. But what with the fastly growing population of those that really want it, the process of finalizing and final standard shouldn't be long off.
There are plenty of stories of how 3D affects SOME people, but MOST of us see it just fine, and some of us even enjoy it. It just appears the haters are more vocal.
Again, they only standard that mattered was the HDMI and BluRay ones, and they have been set for over a year. I watched the World Cup last summer in side by side, and I and my friends enjoyed it.
The only thing that is killing 3D is the really bad movies that are being released. Most are awful. Most are for children. A lot are not even real 3D, but poor conversions from 2D to jump on the bandwagon. Those will give you a headache! The studios are not releasing 3D content as fast as the 2D releases. And some releases are at outrageous prices because they force you to buy 4 copies of the movie! (DVD, BluRay, 3D and the digital copy).
I wish Dish could at least get ESPN, but they are in a dispute with Disney, so no way. Discovery Networks also has a channel. And if it is a "no" for financial reasons, Panasonic is sponsoring a channel on DirecTV. Surely Charlie could get some of that money from Panasonic!
As for me, I hope to enjoy the US Open in 3D this weekend.
...sorry for the long winded post...