Originally Posted by fire407
It's not going to be anything close to as risky for the new technology as it was for you buying before there were any standards. I'm positive that a Samsung 3D Blu-ray player will work with a Samsung 3D TV, and a Panasonic Blu-ray player will work with a Panasonic TV---THERE IS NO RISK AT ALL WITH THESE SCENARIOS. Will a Samsung Blu-ray player work with a Panasonic TV? I'm thinking that they will because the BDA has agreed to a standard, but we won't know for sure until someone tests it and reports here. Also, even though 3D Blu-ray and 3D satellite weren't available when you bought your sets, you must have automatically concluded that the sets would work with those technologies---otherwise you would be relegated to 3D gaming. Again, feel good that Mitsubishi is following through on what I feel was a vague promise. Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, and others have it in writing that their technology will work with 3D Blu-ray and DirecTV.
When you say THERE IS NO RISK AT ALL WITH THESE SCENARIOS, you are completely wrong. A Samsung Blu-ray player that was sold will not necessarily output checkerboard 3D to work with a 3D Samsung TV. Samsung's Blu-ray players will most likely conform to the spec which doesn't necessarily mean the checkerboard output that a Samsung DLP will need. However, it will probably work with their new 3D LED sets, but that doesn't mean all Samsung TV's. This situation is similar to that with HDCP where you can buy a 1080P Sony TV and a 1080P Sony Blu-ray player, but not be allowed to output and watch 1080P Blu-rays due to HDCP. So just because the brands match, don't assume that everything will work no matter what.
Luckily for me and my 3D Mitsubishi, I own a Playstation 3 as my blu-ray player, which will support checkerboard 3D as an output mode once it receives the 3D update later this year. At least, that's the current word from Sony, as long as they don't change their minds. But, even currently, you can buy Avatar for PS3 and play it with a Mits or Sammy 3D DLP in (checkerboard) 3D, so it already supports these TV's right now
knobby, no need to fret. You haven't been 'taken in', but I will remind you that Samsung stop manufacturing DLPs at least a year ago, now. So you won't get much in the way of support from them. However, you will
be able to watch 3D movies on your DLP TV. The only hangup might be if you already have a blu-ray player, which will depend on if the manufacturer releases a firmware upgrade that allows it to output 3D. If it does, then you will be fine, unless it doesn't support checkerboard, in which case you would need the adapter that Mits and other companies are making to convert the 3D into checkerboard 3D format. Of course, you will need glasses, but those are getting cheaper every day and soon, with mass production, will be quite cheap, indeed. Also, as I mentioned the PS3 supports checkerboard, and Sony has stated that it will after the upgrade, so if you want a blu-ray player that will be sure to work, buy a HTPC with a blu-ray drive or a PS3. I haven't heard anything from any other manufacturers about issuing firmware upgrades for their older blu-ray players... to me it seems like they might not do that because they can make more money if they have to sell you a new player instead of adding features to an older one. Sony, however, has a huge interest in selling 3D video games, so the upgrade will be coming, and the more TV's they can support, the more video games and blu-rays they can sell.
Hope that helps, I've done a lot of reading on the subject (before I bought my 3D set and after) to make sure that I would be able to view 3D movies and video games, and was one of the reasons that I bought the TV that I did.