With broadcast 3D you're getting less resolution than with 2D. In theory, the Top and Bottom method will look better with sports, as you have more horizontal resolution. But it's actually more complicated than that. As you can see with the numbers above, if you halve 720p in either direction, it's not much higher resolution than DVD. ABC and Fox, and all their related sports programming (including ESPN), made the decision in the early days of HD to go with 720p, as they felt it looked better with fast motion and therefore sports. That means that now they're looking at either having to shoot in 1080i, or supply their viewers with 3D content that's little more than 15 percent better than DVD.
Remember, your cable/satellite box likely defaults to output everything at 1080i, but that doesn't mean that the original source is 1080i.
It's unlikely any cable/satellite provider will increase their bandwidth in the near future to allow for Full HD 3D. So we're left with low resolution images with broadcast 3D.
eddysnake wrote:If done correctly and isn't in the movie as a gimick, I don't have a problem with it. Watched Prometheus in 3D on Sony XBR929 last week and it looked incredible. Avatar is the same way. I'm certainly not going out of my way to upgrade all my electronics for 3D, but anymore it seems like it's all part of the package anyway. Can't say I've experienced a broadcast in 3D though
Rylan wrote:I have a dominant eye that causes 3D to not really work for me and just ends up making my head and stomach hurt.
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