Originally Posted by Raddle
I notified Pioneer of the problem. Here is my correspondence. I would feel more confident if the text in boldface came from DirecTV rather than Pioneer.
My understanding is that this format is optional for broadcasters but mandatory for receivers and TVs. Will Pioneer upgrade the firmware to correct this?
Just so no one gets confused when they see this quoted, a "mandatory" transmission method means that every TV (in this case every 3D TV) must be able to use it. An "optional" format means that a TV may or may not be able to use the format. That is true for any consumer electronics manufacturer.
For a broadcaster, they are required to only use standard formats but can also include an optional format as well. So DirecTV is in violation of this edict. However, since DirecTV is a closed transmission format, I can't think of any penalties for this other than the HDMI org holding their breath or complaints from us.
720p SbS is an optional format, with 720 TaB being mandatory (as well as 1080i SbS).