DirecTV plans high-definition 3D channel

During the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month, satellite TV provider DirecTV is expected to announce the first 3D HDTV channel in the United States.

According to HD Guru, DirecTV now has the ability to support an HD3D channel after the recent launch of the Boeing-built DirecTV 12 satellite.

The company hasn’t made an official announcement regarding the possible HD3D channel, but analysts are not surprised content providers are gearing up to announce 3D channels.3dtv(1)

I’ve never been a DirecTV subscriber, but it’s good to see providers announce 3DHD channels consumers can look forward to.  Only a minute number of TV viewers in the United States have 3D-capable TV sets, but interest in the technology has increased.

3DTVs and other 3D-related technology is expected to be popular during CES, with new 3DTVs models and 3D content expected to be announced during the show.  Samsung, LG, Sony, Panasonic, and other HDTV manufacturers are expected to announce numerous 3D sets, with 3D converter boxes and other necessary peripherals.

Most 3DTV sets will force owners to wear special glasses, but fashion companies are now working on designer 3D glasses.  NEC previously announced a 3D display that didn’t require glasses, which is where the system is expected to go over the next three years.

During an interview with MyCE in August, Forrester Research analyst James McQuivey said the lack of content will be the biggest problem facing 3D adoption in 2010 and beyond.  DirecTV’s expected announcement next month will join Sky, and other content providers who expect to make 3D broadcasts available.