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3D TV....not bad!

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by pistolpete52, Sep 1, 2012.

  1. Sep 1, 2012 #1 of 50

    pistolpete52 AllStar

    Sep 3, 2010
    Last Sunday I went to HH Gregg to look for a new Smart TV. They had quite an assortment, but most of them were a little over my budget. As I thanked the clerk for spending time with me, he says, "Hold on a minute" and asked if I'd be interested in an "open box" TV. He showed me a 51" Samsung 3D Plasma Smart TV. I told him that I wasn't really interested in 3D. But he gave me a price that I absolutely could not refuse.

    I figured that the 3D function would get little to no use as it didn't really interest me. But today, that all changed. I watched the Ohio/Penn St. game on ESPN 3D and it was amazing, even though it felt weird sitting here with 3D glasses on.

    I don't think that there's a huge future for 3D. But, if there is, I'm ready for it. I'm hoping that a few more channels will be added, but I won't hold my breath.
  2. Sep 1, 2012 #2 of 50

    shaun-ohio Icon

    Aug 24, 2002
    zanesville ohio
    yeah would be nice to have the premium movie channels that are filmed in 3d would be shown in 3d when we record them
  3. Sep 1, 2012 #3 of 50

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    I think that's going to become common at least for a while. I have no interest in 3D, but the good sets have it anyway.
  4. Sep 1, 2012 #4 of 50

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    I've tried it a couple times on my plasmas and I got kinda sick. Used to get the same feeling on my ship from time to time when it was rolling.

  5. Sep 1, 2012 #5 of 50

    Crow159 Member

    May 23, 2007
    I was really hoping that when Directv expanded the HBO and MAX on demand selections that they would get some 3d titles like cable offers.

    Hopefully, in the future, it will be available.
  6. Sep 2, 2012 #6 of 50

    joed32 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    Active 3D does the same thing to me but I can watch passive with no problems.
  7. Sep 2, 2012 #7 of 50

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    I think my Panny plasma only does active. Didn't buy it to see 3D, but I had to try it. I've been plagued with headaches for quite a while and perhaps that's the reason it made me kinda sick.

  8. Sep 2, 2012 #8 of 50

    mjwagner Icon

    Oct 8, 2005
    Right now the only 3D content that DirecTV has is channels 103, 104, 106, and 107. Hopefully they will add more at some point.
  9. Sep 2, 2012 #9 of 50

    randyk47 Icon

    Aug 21, 2006
    San Antonio, TX
    I really only have usable vision in one eye so 3-D anything is lost on me. As others have mentioned many of the top TV's today are 3-D capable but it's not a feature we'll be using.
  10. RBTO

    RBTO Legend

    Apr 11, 2009
    Directv 3D is a moot point for me unless DTV revisits their HR20 inability to provide it. BD is a much better media anyway and I get all of my 3D fix from my BD player. I'm not willing to give up my HR20 because it has off-air capabilities and I have a backlog of shows & movies on disk that I'd be unable to play otherwise.

    Passive is definitely better and more manufactures are offering it in their sets.
  11. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    That's not going to happen, hell they don't even want HR20's back anymore.
  12. joed32

    joed32 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    The HR20s just don't have the capability to do 3D, I still have 2 of them and they're great but I have to use a 21 and a 24 for the HD channels. Funny thing is that with Whole Home you can use a receiver to have 3D record on an HR 20 and it does record it but in order to watch it remotely you need to use a newer model.
  13. n3vino

    n3vino Godfather

    Oct 2, 2011
    The best way to get the most from HD or 3D, is via Blue Ray.
  14. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    They'll add 3d support about when they add whole home to the H20. You can get something like an H25 (or H24 if no SWM) and use it as a kind of front end to the HR20. I did that for a while.
  15. RBTO

    RBTO Legend

    Apr 11, 2009
    I'm counting on that!:grin:

    Seriously however, I really don't care since, even if DTV 3D were available, I'd still use BD exclusively for my 3D viewing content. It's full HD 3D and it's Blu-Ray. I have way too many movies on my HR20 to give it up, and I'm pretty happy with its performance otherwise. I can get OTA without a box add-on, too.
  16. dismayed

    dismayed Cool Member

    Dec 24, 2011
    You think ESPN 3D is something, you should rent Avengers 3D on PPV. All I can say is WOW.
  17. uscboy

    uscboy Godfather

    Sep 5, 2006
    3D does have a future. Life is in 3D... years from now we'll have wall sized displays that are glasses free 3D. There are more things to be discovered than things that have so far been discovered. Other display technologies no one has even pictured yet.

    But yeah, it's weird sitting and watching with glasses on and the light loss is frustrating, but the depth on some of the shots even on just a 60" set is very cool. :)
  18. TBlazer07

    TBlazer07 Large Member DBSTalk Club

    Feb 5, 2009
    If you call DirecTV and tell them you have 3D TV they will provide a 3d capable receiver AND an AM21 OTA box at no charge and with no contract change (at least they have done so in the past). When I got my set last year I watched 1 3D show than sold the 3 free pair of glasses and the 3D Avatar DVD that came with it for almost enough to pay for 1/2 of the TV. :lol:
  19. lesz

    lesz Legend

    Aug 3, 2010
    I've had my 3D TV for almost a year, and I've found that 3D has very little appeal to me.

    First, only limited types of content, to me, provide for an enhanced viewing experience in 3D. You almost need to have programming that includes lots of times when things are "jumping out of the screen toward you" to make the 3D experience something special. When I've watched the programming on the channels that DIRECTV provides, I generally find nothing in the programming content or the way in which it was produced that makes showing it in 3D something "special".

    Also, I've tried watching a number of the ESPN simulcast games, including last year's national championship football game in 3D. Every time I've started to watch one of those games in 3D, I've ended up switching over to the 2D version within about 10 minutes. Sports, to me, doesn't translate well into 3D. Most of the the 3D sports that I've tried to watch almost comes across like cartoonish cardboard cutouts.

    Then, there is the issue of the glasses. Not only do I feel uncomfortable wearing them, and the light loss, to me, reduces the quality of the picture on the screen, but, even with glasses, unless you are sitting in a limited area in relation to the screen, the 3D effects are somewhat diminished.

    I have no question that 3D TVs will play a bigger role in the future, but the technology has a long way to go before it would be something that I'd have more than minimal interest in viewing.
  20. Red Orc

    Red Orc Legend

    Oct 11, 2011
    I didn't have any interest in 3D either...until I saw my first 3D movie and then I knew I had to have it.

    I just got a Samsung 50" lcd a few months ago and I love it.

    Haven't watched it yet but I just got the Avengers yesterday...$37 for a 3D bluray regular bluray DVD and digital copy.

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