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Is DIRECTV Retreating On 3D TV?


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#21 OFFLINE   inkahauts

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 12:52 AM

ABC did MNF in HD one year, and then did it in SD for the next two or three years, till they could upgrade everything properly and do it all season long in HD. Sometimes, you have to throw a first effort out there real aggressive, then back off and let everyone else catch up, so you can actually have enough to show.... I think this will be more niche than anything, but I still expect it to be much bigger in 3 more years than it is today. Content is king, so till the producers figure out how to make money on it, and see it will work, they weren't going to throw a ton of effort behind it.

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#22 OFFLINE   joed32

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 12:02 PM

I'm no Swanni, but I felt 3D was going to be a huge flop from the get go. They simply tried to push it on us far too soon. When it was introduced less than 50% of American's had switched over to HD. For those of us that had made the upgrade to HD, the joy of seeing movies, sports, etc., like never before was enough to keep us going for years. It was ridiculous to think we would immediately turn around a repurchase far more expensive equipment while still being in the bliss of the newly discovered HD. And then there's the matter of a very poor economy, mixed with the SD masses that had yet to even make the move to HD. They weren't about to drop a bunch of money on 3D technology when they hadn't even bothered with HD yet. And what's the protocol: Am I supposed to supply 3D glasses for my guests, or are they supposed to bring their own?


Everybody I know gives me their 3D glasses that they get in the theater. I have a box full of them.

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 12:46 PM

I have visited a few electronics stores looking at televisions, and it just is my perception that they have de-emphasized the 3D aspect of televisions. I had a salesman a few months back pitch to me a television that he was touting its picture quality, but barely mentioned that it was a 3D set.

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 01:49 PM

The 3D fad goes down the tubes once again. No shocker to me! Till it's glassless it will never catch on.
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Posted 24 June 2012 - 05:05 PM

The 3D fad goes down the tubes once again. No shocker to me! Till it's glassless it will never catch on.


well are glasses are ok in a big screen movie theater but not so much at home.

also most movies are in 1:30 - 2:30 rage vs say 24/7 3D and some people can't take 3D for more then a small amount of time with getting a headache.
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Posted 25 June 2012 - 04:51 AM

The 3D fad goes down the tubes once again. No shocker to me! Till it's glassless it will never catch on.


Even when glassless, many people find watching 3D for multiple hours "tiring".

It is a niche thing, amazing for certain presentations, but as a regular viewing medium, it is unlikely to work out.

It has no chance to dominate until it becomes glassless and premium free (no extra charge for a 3D TV), and even then, I wouldn't put any money on it.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 07:55 AM

Content is king, so till the producers figure out how to make money on it, and see it will work, they weren't going to throw a ton of effort behind it.


And these are the same producers that just spent $$$$ upgrading everything to HD. Does anyone think they are going to run out and do it again for 3D?

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 09:30 AM

I've got the 3D TV and two pair of glasses, and have for well over a year. Actually, coming up on two years now. Used it maybe three times, and most recently not in several months.

3D is really for the movie theater owners and movie producers trying to draw people to theaters. People who saw it in 3D at the theater, might want it in 3D at home.

It might be cool for some sports, but that'll still be niche.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 10:02 AM

I think quite a few of the households with a 3D set actually have no interest in 3D.


3D was not a real selling point when I purchased my TV. I have enjoyed the 3D shows and blu-rays that I have seen, but I probably watch one 3D show per month, partly because the selection is not so great, and partly because dealing with the glasses is such a pain.
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Posted 25 June 2012 - 10:27 AM

3D was not a real selling point when I purchased my TV. I have enjoyed the 3D shows and blu-rays that I have seen, but I probably watch one 3D show per month, partly because the selection is not so great, and partly because dealing with the glasses is such a pain.


Same here. My wife and I can count the number of times we've used the 3D ability on our TV's on our hands and have fingers left over.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 12:08 PM

And these are the same producers that just spent $$$$ upgrading everything to HD. Does anyone think they are going to run out and do it again for 3D?


They already are in the movie industry. Heck, look at what just happened to g I joe. I think 3d will be limited to movies and some sports for a while. There is a natural progression of replace equipment in general,so it will take that for many others to go 3d. That's a many years process for non specialized things. It's possible that will happen along with 4k. Combining the switch to those two things at the same time in ten years or so would be the smartest thing to do I would imagine overall.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 12:53 PM

3D was not a real selling point when I purchased my TV. I have enjoyed the 3D shows and blu-rays that I have seen, but I probably watch one 3D show per month, partly because the selection is not so great, and partly because dealing with the glasses is such a pain.


I also bought a TV that has 3D, but 3D was not the reason I bought it. Most new high end Plasma TVs are only available with 3D, which makes sense because it does not cost any more to make a plasma TV 3D compatible. LED TVs are a different story.

Personally, I do not mind the glasses, but I agree that other than a few movies, sporting events, and travelogue type documentaries, there is not much that I care to watch in 3D.

I doubt that glassesless 3D on a screen larger than a smartphone will be feasible in the near future. Even if it was, there will be little content worth the expense of producing in a format that can be shown on glassesless 3D.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 01:07 PM

Im surprised more peeps dont use the 2D to 3D conversion option on the tv.

Not as good as true 3D obviously but the star wars blus for example do look really cool that way.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 02:58 PM

For me it is 2 things. My 60" is 18mos old and my 55" is 3yrs old. Neither are 3D and I am not interested in buying new tvs all over again.

Also, I dont think I have ever been watching anything on tv and thought to myself "if this was only in 3D".

Until both of those change, I dont see 3D in my future.
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 10:08 AM

Is DIRECTV Retreating On 3D TV?

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 05:52 PM

Wasn't that channel paid for by Panasonic ? I could be wrong, but that's the way I remember it.

If that then is indeed the case, wouldn't it be Panasonic's support that's in question ?




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