Originally Posted by phildaant
OK, I just tried Jurassic World 3D from HBO's VoD and it actually prompted to show in 3D or not. I picked its 3D and that worked (saw its split screens). The Martian did not even prompt me with those options last week and today. Uh, is anyone else getting 3D option fron HBO's VoD? Also, the cable box's setting has 3D disabled too so I doubt that makes any difference. Uh...
I tried to go back to 2D for Jurassic World, but it won't let me (no prompt). How do I go back to 2D? Powering off and on (not power cycling -- did not feel like doing that now to wait over five minutes) the cable box didn't fix it. Argh.
Also, I power cycled the box late last night as a weekly routine since the box likes to mess up once in a while.
Which OnDemand "portal" did you use to access it?
While I'm sure we'd all agree that we should be able to access whatever is available via any of the several methods/portals at our disposal, the one that I naturally went to and immediately found "The Martian" in 3D was to go to the dedicated HBO OnDemand channel (Channel 510 on the "national" lineup), scroll horizontally to the dedicated "HBO 3D" tab, and chose from a the consolidated menu of all the movies that are available in 3D, of which "The Martian" was one. I never gave any thought to checking any of the other portals.
Based on your response, I've since checked the other portals: Using the main OnDemand portal (Ch. 1000) or the Movies OnDemand portal (Ch. 500), navigating to /HBO/The Martian only gives me an option to play the regular 2D version, just as you've described.
Even within the dedicated HBO 3D tab, the movies are not listed in a consistent manner. Some have the CC and non-CC versions of movies (regular box-generated captioning will not work with side-by-side 3D) directly listed at the top level of the tab, but for others you have to drill down and then are presented with several versions (SD/HD/3D/3DCC) to choose from.
While there is obviously room for improvement in the consistency of presentation, the dearth of OnDemand programming (especially HD OnDemand, nevermind 3D) on the Charter system at Carolina Beach makes me feel grateful for what I have here at home on TWC Charlotte.
BTW, I encountered the first "real" signs of Charterization last night... I was setting up WMC on a PC yesterday and when choosing a guide lineup I was offered "Charter Communications Charlotte HD" instead of the familiar "Time-Warner Charlotte HD" choice. Same familiar lineup... just a bit of a shock as it was the first time I'd seen it presented that way.