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I'm Ticked - 3D Olympics For Everyone But Dish Network Subscribers

Discussion in 'DISH™ High Definition Discussion' started by Michael1, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. Michael1

    Michael1 Legend

    Feb 24, 2010
    We are in the middle of a TV milestone. For the first time in history, the Olympics will be broadcast in 3D, 230 hours worth, and Dish Network is nowhere to be found. According to CNet, 80% of households will be able to receive the Olympics in 3D. It seems everyone, but people with Dish Network, will have 3D Olympics.

    3D Olympics Channel Available to 80 Percent of Households

    If anything should be in 3D, it should be the Olympics.

  2. bt66

    bt66 New Member

    Jul 20, 2012
    That was a big mistake I made switching to Dish from DirecTv. I forgot about the Olympics in 3D. Eevn their HD picture quality sucks compared to DirecTv.
  3. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

    Jun 6, 2009
    That's about 229-1/2 hours too much. With all the doping and other scandals, commercialism, pros being allowed to participate, etc. the whole thing is just a farce.
  4. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    Since even DirecTV has pulled back from expanding 3D (except for the Olympics)... I'm not sure this is a huge thing.

    I do grant you, though, that it seems like Dish ought to have the bandwidth to do an Olympics 3D channel... and while I have ZERO interest in it even if I had a 3DTV... it would be nice for those Dish customers who do.
  5. djlong

    djlong Hall Of Fame

    Jul 8, 2002
    New Hampshire
    Until they make glasses-free 3D (and prototypes DO exist but it's not quite mass-market ready for the living room - works ok for laptops) it's just not going to "catch".

    [I'll reserve most of my comments on pros being allowed in the Olympics for a sports thread but I *will* say it was high time they were allowed]
  6. vahighland

    vahighland Cool Member/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

    Mar 29, 2005
    Yawn. Don't care about 3D or the Olympics.
  7. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    Yet, you took time to post about it. :rolleyes:

    The Olympics won't change 3D trends, but it's always good to have another event to see for those with 3D.
  8. hoophead

    hoophead Godfather

    Feb 10, 2008
    When households with much less owners of those television sets,
  9. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    The latest figures I could find say that 2% of US households have a 3D TV. So over 78% of US homes will get a channel with content delayed to next day and not be able to watch it in 3D. :)
  10. inazsully

    inazsully Icon

    Oct 3, 2006
    The 2% number may be correct and we know that numbers never lie. I guess it just depends on what numbers you're looking at. For instance, in 2011 21 million 3D LCD TV's were shipped and that doesn't include plasma's. For 2012 the estimate is 50 million (again, only LCD). Q3 of 2011 saw 6.6 million 3D LCD's sold, as in out the door and now in use. Dish is my company of choice and I don't like my company playing second fiddle to anybody. Especially since it looks like the anybody has turned into the everybody. Would you buy a new car if it had a carb instead of fuel injection, or bias ply tires, or no air bags, or just a AM radio?
  11. olds403

    olds403 Godfather

    Nov 20, 2007
    I would guess that if you dig a little deeper you would find that the majority of those 3D sets were not purchased "specifically" for viewing 3D tv and most likely were purchased as 2D sets that "just happened" to have 3D capability that would never be used. The manufacturers have been shoving 3D down our throats by including it on EVERY mid to upper level TV, that does not mean that all of those tv's will be used to view 3D content.

    Also I personally WOULD buy a new car that had a carb, no airbags and an AM radio. My 65 cutlass has all of these and is MUCH more fun to drive than my computerized daily driver.
  12. Michael1

    Michael1 Legend

    Feb 24, 2010
    You would be the exception on the car with a carb, no airbags and an AM radio...maybe one out of a million.

    I don't know how you can conclude the TV manufacturers "have been shoving 3D down our throats" when most of the 3D capable TVs don't even ship with the 3D glasses anymore. It costs virtually nothing to add 3D to a good quality TV, so you are not paying for anytihng.

    Also you are not accurate in saying that it is "on EVERY mid to upper level TV". Check out the Sharp LCD TVs.

    You weren't one of the people who said HD and DTV was being shoved down our throats, were you? That would be a stretch since most people really wanted it, but actually would have been more accurate.

    I guess it is natural for some people to resist change, even it is for the better.

  13. olds403

    olds403 Godfather

    Nov 20, 2007
    I enjoy HD and my blu-rays but am not going to replace my functioning 4 year old HDTV just for 3D, especially since I have no interest in it. I would sooner invest in 4k TV than 3D tv. It is my belief that 3D is a fad that will pass, just as it has every other time it has surfaced. I have watched 3D movies at the IMAX theater and was not that impressed with them, I have seen new 3D displays at retailers and have not been impressed with them either. If you turn your head it screws with the image. I have no problem with other people getting excited about it but the fact that Dish does not have any 3D channels is not that big a deal to me. For those of you that want Dish to get in on the 3D, as long as it does not cause my rates to increase, good luck.
  14. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

    Jun 6, 2009
    I'd rather have a car I can work on without a degree in computers. I don't really care about airbags one way or the other and I haven't listened to radio in many years.
  15. domingos35

    domingos35 Icon

    Jan 11, 2006
    just going by your join date i i would bet a couple $ that you are a directv sub planted here just to trash dish ;)
  16. Jhon69

    Jhon69 Hall Of Fame

    Mar 27, 2006
    Central San...

    Face it the HD on both sucks,that's why your supposed to watch the Olympics in glorious OTA HD.;):D
  17. tampa8

    tampa8 Godfather/Supporter

    Mar 30, 2002
    80% is a ridiculous number or you are misconstruing what that means. It could mean 80% of providers have it in 3D, But here are the cold hard facts.

    There are about 3% of homes that have 3D capability. That's right only 3%. 45% of them do not watch 3D, they only bought a 3D set because it has features non 3D does not.


    Now add to that less than 50% of all Dish subs have HD receivers, and of the rest, nowhere near all have a 3D capable receiver.
    Of 14 million subscribers, I'm betting no more than 300,000 are even capable of getting it in 3D.
  18. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    80% is a ridiculous number. 80% of Americans subscribe to a service where: if they bought special equipment and subscribed to a HD package and were one of the small group of people with a 3D capable set they could watch part of yesterday's Olympic coverage.
  19. Gloria_Chavez

    Gloria_Chavez Godfather

    Aug 11, 2008
    Recently came across this note from the wsj...

    Three Weeks With 3-D TV

    Test driving some quality couch-time with the third dimension: Is seeing in stereo mind-blowing, or does it fall flat?


    My takeaway: Not ready for primetime, especially at the PayTV level, due to compression. Some Blu-Ray content worth watching, but that obviously won't be live.
  20. jadebox

    jadebox Godfather

    Dec 13, 2004
    Can we drop the off-topic discussion? There's no need to jump into every 3D-related topic to tell us how much you hate it. We've heard it all before and it adds nothing useful to the discussion.

    Anyway, I just contacted Dish to express my disappointment at them not including the 3D Olympics coverage. As I understand, it's offered by NBC/Universal as a part of all the other coverage, so it wouldn't cost Dish anything except a little bandwidth to include it.

    -- Roger

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