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Stereo 3D Television Broadcasts and 3D HDTV Compatibility Issues

December 10th, 2010 · 10 Comments · General 3D News

Neil Schneider from MTBS3D has pointed out something quite interesting, regarding the upcoming Hockey Night in Canada that will be broadcasted in stereo 3D too. Namely the fact that the broadcast will be in Side by Side format, but not all of the 3D HDTVs out there have the option to activate the stereoscopic 3D mode (automatically or manually) if the currently selected video input is not an HDMI one. And as you probably know HDMI output is a more recent addition to the Set-Top-Boxes, so older models will most likely be only equipped with analog Composite or Component video outputs and yo might not be able to activate the 3D mode due to that fact if your TV set only supports 3D over HDMI. You can of course choose to get a replacement unit that has an HDMI output if you have a broadcast that is going to be in 3D and want to be able to watch it, but what will happen if you figure it out at the last moment and you have no time to make things work. Another possible issue can be present even if you have a newer Set-Top-Box that does have HDMI output, but you haven’t been using that as the image quality seems the same even over the Component connection and you don’t have an HDMI cable handy. But you can much easily go out and quickly find an HDMI cable in the nearest electronics shop and thus solve the possible issue you may encounter with this.

So here comes a question and something that I want to ask owners of 3D-capable television sets to try on their devices, so that we can help other users that may be facing the issue described above as well as maybe even help 3D HDTV manufacturers to consider fixing that issue where it is present with a system software update for their products. So do try to activate the 3D mode in Side by Side or Over/Under mode manually when you switch the TV to use input from a connector other than any of the HDMI ports available – try the component, composite, SCART if you have them present and report your findings in the comments below. Please provide the brand and the model of the 3D TV you have and if you could activate manually the 3D mode or not…

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Neil Schneider // Dec 10, 2010 at 22:06

    The Panasonic Viera VT20 doesn’t support 3D on the component input.


  • 2 Nanite // Dec 10, 2010 at 22:50

    Samsung plasmas (mine included) have more crosstalk in side-by-side compared to HDMI framepacked format. I am hoping them to fix it with firmware update as it got bit worse in November the 2nd fw update.
    Feels like its some glasses timing issue that has room to improve.

  • 3 Bloody // Dec 10, 2010 at 23:12

    Panasonic Viera VT20E also does not have 3D option for the component inputs.

  • 4 inteljoc // Dec 11, 2010 at 22:07

    I don’t know for others providers, but I’m with Bell Canada and the 3D channel is only available on MPEG-4 set-top boxes (which means not very old). All Bell’s MPEG-4 set-top boxes have HDMI output. I do not know if the channel is in MPEG-4 or they request that to make sure we use HDMI equipped set-top boxes …

    *requires a 3D TV set, active 3D glasses and an MPEG-4 receiver.
    http://www.bell.ca/shopping/PrsShpTv_HNIC_3D.page?INT=TV_tvhmpg_BAN_3D NHL_Mass_20101207_lc_all

  • 5 artox // Dec 12, 2010 at 19:02

    Hi guys,
    sorry for the offtopic comment, but I just got a VT20 and have been trying without a result to get it to run through a yamaha rx-v567 receiver (updated to support 3d passthrough). A direct connection from my 5770 to the TV works just fine, but through the receiver all I get is black image and no resolution, the tv just states “16:9 wide”. I’ve tried everything and considering I get s-3d from the PS3 through the receiver I don’t really understand why it doesn’t work on from the GPU. The TV gets detected just fine both in the CCC menu and in the IZ3D diagnostic.
    Any suggestions, I really don’t want to give up on 8 channel PCM sound because of this.

  • 6 Bloody // Dec 13, 2010 at 10:58

    The problem is probably in the AMD drivers, I’m not yet sure, but they may as well only work properly with a direct connection to the 3D TV. Or have you tried with different games?

  • 7 Cláudio Fagundes // Dec 13, 2010 at 16:53

    We in Brazil have a weekly show broadcasted in 3D. It’s called “Panico na TV”

  • 8 artox // Dec 13, 2010 at 19:10

    I have tried both in games and in stereoscopic player. Also have tested iz3d and DDD, all solutions yield a black screen. It is interesting that if I switch to another tv output and then return to this one I do get signal, however it is only 2d and switching 2d to 3d via hotkey then does not make the game run in 3d either.
    I think it may have something to do with scaling.
    It is strange, considering the receiver allows for s-3d passthrough and the TV is what’s detected in CCC.
    I’ve written both Yamaha and AMD, let’s hope they do something about it.

  • 9 Hx909 // Dec 14, 2010 at 02:14

    Hi with sony xbr hx909 ,
    The side-by-side broadcast on videotron does not seem to work.
    The movie with the ps3 work fine … Any clue

  • 10 Neil P // Jan 3, 2011 at 02:27

    Panasonic Viera VT20 dissapointingly only supports 3D modes on HDMI inputs, that means component, scart, PC, vieracast (youtube etc) and the inbuilt photo viewer cannot enable 3D from side by side source material etc.

    big shame. hope panasonic can fix it with a firmware update.

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