Well, the manual is available now, but doesn't give very much information in regards to the 3D formats.http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/co...A-ENG-0311.pdf
The manual doesn't mention the exact format of 3D output. There is no mention whatsoever of Checkerboard support. Also, I was a bit surprised that it doesn't specifically address compatibility issues with any particular TV's. When you read the manual, it's almost as if the 3D part of the equation is just a footnote.
3D Mode in the menu gives you 3 options:Auto
- You can choose whether to watch 3D Blu-ray disk in 3D or 2D mode before playing the 3D Blu-ray. It is automatically played in 2D mode if your TV cannot support 3D contents.3D
- The 3D Blu-ray disk is played in 3D mode at all times. If a TV cannot support 3D Blu-ray disks, the playing screen can be black.2D
- The 3D Blu-ray disk is played in 2D mode at all times. Choose this to view a picture without 3D effect or when a TV cannot support 3D Blu-ray disks.
TV SCREEN SIZE
Let's you enter the actual screen size of your TV so that the player can adjust the image according to the screen size and display an optimal 3D image. (The maximum allowed screen size is 116 inches for this player)
* All 3D signals are output only using the HDMI cable and through the HDMI OUT port.
* As the video resolution in 3D play mode is fixed according to the resolution of the original 3D video, you cannot change the resolution to your preference.
* Some functions such as BD Wise, or setting the screen size or resolution may not operate properly in 3D mode.
*You must use a high-speed HDMI cable for a proper output of the 3D signal.
* If the product is connected to some 3D devices, the 3D effect may not function properly.
Well, after looking at all this, I can't say definitively that this Samsung won't work in Checkerboard mode, because it doesn't mention it whatsoever, but I'm guessing that it won't. Also, it appears that the Samsung plasma owners are screwed because of the resolution requirements. The resolution cannot be adjusted while in 3D mode, so I'm guessing this basically eliminates any possibility of this working with previous 3D Samsung plasmas. It would also eliminate it from working with any 720p based 3D Rear-Projection DLP's or 720p 3D front projectors.
One other thing I was kinda surprised by, was the fact that the maximum screen size you can set is 116 inches. The 16:9 screen in my projector room is 122 inches, and the full 2:35:1 screen area in my room is even bigger than that. I wonder if this screen size thing is going to be a problem for projector owners?