I sent an email to Mitsu Customer Service in regards to DLP-Link compatibility, and got the following reply.
See numbers 10 and 11 below.
Thank you for contacting Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc. We are pleased to be able to assist our customers via our website. Here is the information that you have requested:
1. What is 3D TV?
Currently, there is no industry standard for the definition of 3D TV. CEA has formed a working group to draft the definition and
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America (MDEA) is a member of this subgroup. Currently the industry is using 3DTV as a generic
term for a display technology that lets home viewers experience TV programs, movies, games, and other video content in a 3D
stereoscopic effect using active shutter glasses.
2. How is the new 3D TV technology different from older 3D?
Prior to 2010, there have been 3D DVD titles that have come to market that use anaglyph glasses, which use lenses tinted red
and cyan (or other colors) which are used to combine two false-color images. The result seen by the viewer is discolored and
usually lower-resolution than the new method.
The principal improvement of today's 3D technology is the use of active shutter and passive eyewear which are high contrast
and provide for better higher video resolution experience. Today's 3DTVs also have technology that enables 3D images to be
rendered on screen as intended by the studio broadcaster.
3. How is 3D TV different from 3D in the theater?
3DTV is a large screen, immersive experience. Many consumers have experienced 3D feature films at 3D movie theaters. The
DLP technology used in over 95% of 3D cinemas is the same core technology used in Mitsubishi 3D-Ready and Mitsubishi 3D
TVs! In theaters, passive polarized 3D glasses are mainly used to view 3D movies. Most present day 3DTVs utilize active
shutter glasses. Smaller screen sizes may present other issues relative to viewing 3D in the home, such as relatively narrow
viewing distance range.
4. Can everyone see 3D?
No. Between 5 percent and 10 percent of Americans suffer from stereo blindness, according to the College of Optometrists in
Vision Development. They often have good depth perception, which relies on more than just stereopsis, but cannot perceive the
depth dimension of 3D video presentations. Some stereo-blind viewers can watch 3D material with no problem as long as they
wear glasses; it simply appears as 2D to them.
5. Does everyone watching programming on a 3D TV need to wear 3D glasses?
Yes. Everyone watching programming on a 3D TV must wear 3D glasses to properly see the 3D effect. Without 3D glasses, the
image on the screen will appear doubled, distorted, and unwatchable. Currently, a technology does not exist which allows a
single TV to display both 2D and 3D content simultaneously without 3D glasses.
6. Do I need a new Blu-ray player, cable box, game console, or AV receiver?
With one exception the answer for Blu-ray players is "yes." No Blu-ray player maker has announced an upgrade to existing 2009
or earlier Blu-ray players to work with Blu-ray 3D movies, so a new 3D Blu-ray player will be required to watch 3D BD movies.
The Sony Playstation 3 is an exception. Sony has announced that its PS3 game console will receive two separate firmware
upgrades--one for gaming and another to allow display of 3D Blu-rays--in June 2010. Previously there was some confusion
about whether the Blu-ray capability of the console would in fact be full HD resolution as seen through newer standalone Blu-ray
players, however Sony has announced that it will, despite the fact that the PS3 is not HDMI 1.4-certified (question 10). In
addition, a question was posed of the console's 3D capability only working with Sony TVs. Sony replied that the PS3 would work
in 3D with any 3D-compatible TV.
With regard to the Xbox 360 and the Wii, neither Microsoft nor Nintendo has outlined its plans for 3D gaming.
DirecTV has announced that its lower-resolution 3D system will require only a free software update to the company's current HD
boxes. These Set-Top Boxes (STBs) will pass-through the 3D encoded content as either side by side or top/bottom format. In
the case of DirecTV, the current HD STBs are HDMI 1.3 and as a result, DirecTV has developed its signaling protocol (via
EDID) to communicate with 3DTVs and confirm the TV is 3D prior to making 3D channels visible on the program guide.
7. Can I use my existing HDMI cables?
At this point, it appears you can. The best information we have obtained, indicates that most current HDMI cables will work fine
with the new 3D formats. One caveat is that HDMI cables (over three feet) might potentially have issues. Category 2 high speed
type cables which have been available for several years, are recommended.
8. What 3D movies will be available for home viewing this year? 3D TV channels? 3D games?
Blu-ray movies announced this year in full-HD 3D include "Monsters vs. Aliens," "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," "Disney's
A Christmas Carol," "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," and all three "Shrek" movies. Additional 3D movies will be announced
soon, among them the first non-animated titles. If you're curious about "Avatar," for example, latest word is that the 3D version
won't come out in 2010.
Comcast, Time Warner and Cox Communications will broadcast the Masters tournament in 3D for 2 hours per day in select
DirecTV will be the first TV provider with 3D content, announcing three 3D channels of its own (one on-demand channel, one
pay channel, and one free channel). ESPN has noted that they will broadcast 85 events over the course of the year starting
June 2010 with the first game of the 2010 World Cup.
With the help of gear like the Nvidia 3D kit, PCs have been able to deliver 3D games, many converted from 2D versions, for the
last few years to some compatible TVs and monitors. However, no console games specifically designed to work with the new 3D
TVs have been announced, aside from Avatar: The Game. We expect 3D versions of existing games to be announced this year,
perhaps with an "upgrade path" allowing existing owners to not have to repurchase the game at full price, but nothing's been
officially announced yet.
9. Do the NVIDIA glasses work with a PS3, or 3D BD players?
No, the NVIDIA glasses currently are not compatible. The NVIDIA glasses are designed to specifically work with a PC based
playback system for games or BD movies. We have not heard of any changes to this.
10. I have a 2007 - 2009 Mitsubishi 3D Ready TV. How do I get to watch 3D on these TVs?
3D Gaming solutions using PCs have been in the market for several years. NVIDIA has promoted drivers, games and their
glasses in order to enable consumers to play PC based games in 3D. NVIDIA has also announced plans to provide drivers to
enable PCs with BD playback to also decode 3D BD movies and games.
In order to enjoy 3D movies, 3D games, and 3D broadcast content on 2007-2009 3D Ready Mitsubishi TVs, consumers can
purchase the new Mitsubishi 3D Starter pack that includes the 3D Adapter (Model 3DC-1000), two pair of glasses, emitter, and a
Disney showcase disc.
11. I have a Mitsubishi 3D Ready TV, is it compatible to DLP Link glasses?
Yes, all Mitsubishi 3D Ready TVs are compatible with DLP Link glasses. In addition, these TVs have a VESA jack for an
external synchronization emitter for non DLP Link glasses. This provides the user with maximum flexibility and choices of
12. Are all 3D active shutter glasses compatible with each other?
For active shutter glasses, the industry has not settled on a common protocol format. Therefore, consumers that have 3D
glasses from Samsung, Panasonic, Sony will not interoperate. As a consumer if you want to watch a 3D event on your friend's
Samsung TV, and only have Panasonic glasses, you will not be able to see 3D. CEA as well as many eyewear manufacturers
are working to define a common protocol standard to eliminate this issue. XPAND has publicly announced eyewear that will
interoperate with multiple vendors' 3DTV products available in June.