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Verizon Hypes 3DTV, Eventual FiOS Holograms
Too bad millions of Verizon customers remain on last-generation DSL...
by Karl Bode 02:35PM Wednesday Aug 25 2010
It seems like only last April that Verizon was calling 3DTV sports broadcasts "hype" (because it was, and they were). That's a fairly far cry from their sudden devotion to 3DTV this week, as the company works with Cisco to highlight the work they're doing to broadcast the first NFL Game in 3D from New Jersey. Verizon's 3DTV effort isn't fully out of the oven, but the company is already talking about a future that involves holograms delivered over FiOS. From an enthusiastic CNET piece:
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Verizon Communications Chief Information Officer Shaygan Kheradpir said his company is already working with researchers to bring holographic technologies into homes and small businesses. And the medical industry is one place where he sees a particularly good fit for holograms. Kheradpir wouldn't offer specifics of what Verizon is working on with its research partners, but he said that it has been playing around with sending holographic images of someone's head across its Fios fiber-optic network.
Oddly, CNET gushes over Verizon's Jetson-esque future vision without mentioning that Verizon has halted all next-gen network upgrades, with no plan to resume them anytime soon. You do wonder: if 3DTV winds up being just hype, wouldn't this time, money and effort be better used upgrading Verizon's remaining customers, millions of which remain on 3-7Mbps DSL? If not network upgrades, how about finally fixing a backoffice billing system that for years has had a bad habit of hallucinating phantom charges? No? Sorry to bring it up.

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baineschile
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TV

Watching a shoebox diorama TV....interesting.

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I looked at this newfangled 3D TV when I was in Best Buy the other day. It was a bit interesting, but beyond that I'm not foaming at the mouth to get it.

Give me a nice 1080p TV and high def source, and that's good enough.

Does that make me a Luddite?
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baineschile
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3D makes me sick personally. I had to watch Avatar with one eye closed. Or one eye open, depending if you are an optomist....

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Same here at a local Best Buy. While it was neat, I could not stand to wear the glasses to watch TV.

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said by ptrowski:

Same here at a local Best Buy. While it was neat, I could not stand to wear the glasses to watch TV.
A glasses free 3D TV is coming soon. Depending on how that looks, I might start getting interested. The need special glasses to watch 3D TV is a non-starter for me.

»www.pcworld.com/article/204011/G···rss_news
Glasses-Free 3DTVs Coming This Year Courtesy Of Toshiba?

According to the Yomiuri Shumbun, Toshiba will release three models of an autostereoscopic 3D TV set before the end of 2010.

Toshiba isn't the only company working on an autostereoscopic TV--that is, one that won't require you to wear glasses to see 3D images. The upcoming Nintendo 3DS will use an autostereoscopic screen, and we've covered the topic in the past. But Toshiba has been working on improving the limitations of 3D TV's for a while, as Engadget points out.

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I heard about that, but hadn't seen the link, thanks.
What it reminds me of are those "hidden images" books that you stare at and the image pops out at you.

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said by FFH5:

said by ptrowski:

Same here at a local Best Buy. While it was neat, I could not stand to wear the glasses to watch TV.
A glasses free 3D TV is coming soon. Depending on how that looks, I might start getting interested. The need special glasses to watch 3D TV is a non-starter for me.

»www.pcworld.com/article/204011/G···rss_news
Glasses-Free 3DTVs Coming This Year Courtesy Of Toshiba?

According to the Yomiuri Shumbun, Toshiba will release three models of an autostereoscopic 3D TV set before the end of 2010.

Toshiba isn't the only company working on an autostereoscopic TV--that is, one that won't require you to wear glasses to see 3D images. The upcoming Nintendo 3DS will use an autostereoscopic screen, and we've covered the topic in the past. But Toshiba has been working on improving the limitations of 3D TV's for a while, as Engadget points out.
Those types of TVs are YEARS away from practical use and even futher a way on pricing. Considering the biggest problem being the 30 degree field of view I'm not sure how they are going to fix that.

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This will blow up in their collective faces. Lawsuits from a small percentage of people that have epilepsy dormant. At least it'll be a stimulas for the American Bar Association.
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3D video feeds and projections are not standardized yet. Until there's a clear format winner, I wouldn't drop a single dollar in that market. Paying for cutting edge technology now that's rendered completely useless by platform wars just down the road is too bitter a pill for me to take.

So yeah. You're better off saving your money now, or spending it on a higher quality 1080p TV & HD source. Neither of those will be garbage-worthy for some time.

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said by Thaler:

Paying for cutting edge technology now that's rendered completely useless by platform wars just down the road is too bitter a pill for me to take.

I disagree. My HD-DVD player player makes a great hutch for my wobbly dinig room table. Leveled it out completely, and it doesnt move anymore.

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said by baineschile:

said by Thaler:

Paying for cutting edge technology now that's rendered completely useless by platform wars just down the road is too bitter a pill for me to take.

I disagree. My HD-DVD player player makes a great hutch for my wobbly dinig room table. Leveled it out completely, and it doesnt move anymore.
Heh. I remember a few years ago when we were looking for a new DVD player. We were in the store and they had one last HD-DVD add on to the 360 left so I grabbed it. My wife said "there are more blu-ray titles so we should get a blu-ray player". Fast forward to a few months later and the HD-DVD was pretty much dead.

I won't admit it to this day but she was right.
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the HD dvd died due to Sony pushing their standard on everyone.

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said by hottboiinnc:

the HD dvd died due to Sony pushing their standard on everyone.
Both Sony and Toshiba tried to push their standards, it's just that Sony pushed harder. Technically Sony and all its partners.
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hay i still use my HD-DVD player
and blame sony for their bribery

the HD-DVD drive lets you not have to change the disc in the game drive unless you want to play a differant game

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Channel Capacity for FIOS TV

Karl,
Can you ask them to make a statement about how they're currently out of channel capacity to add new HD's and what their plans are?

I'd like to see the response (or silence) to that one.
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Re: Channel Capacity for FIOS TV

I believe in most areas they offer 130-140 HD channels, which is top of the industry. How many more do you want?
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Re: Channel Capacity for FIOS TV

one ... hundred .. . million.. ?

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Re: Channel Capacity for FIOS TV

said by Gami00:

one ... hundred .. . million.. ?

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said by baineschile:

I believe in most areas they offer 130-140 HD channels, which is top of the industry. How many more do you want?
Top of the industry? Don't think that is entirely accurate. In fact, when it comes to HD you have claims from DirecTV, Dish, FIOS, Evil Comcast and Uverse claiming the same title (and in a lot of cases with more channels).

Ultimately isn't it based on the region?

Either way... top of the industry is inaccurate... (unless you have tangible evidence that shows otherwise)
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Re: Channel Capacity for FIOS TV

said by bdon78:

said by baineschile:

I believe in most areas they offer 130-140 HD channels, which is top of the industry. How many more do you want?
Top of the industry? Don't think that is entirely accurate. In fact, when it comes to HD you have claims from DirecTV, Dish, FIOS, Evil Comcast and Uverse claiming the same title (and in a lot of cases with more channels).

Ultimately isn't it based on the region?

Either way... top of the industry is inaccurate... (unless you have tangible evidence that shows otherwise)
Don't forget Dish or DirecTV's claim, I can't remember which one, included a bunch of on-demand movies as "channels" too...

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When they move to IPTV over GPON, there will be no limit to number of channels. Period.
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Verizon - the next Comcast

Clearly, Verizon is trying to become the next Comcast. It's just not that interested in being the carrier, it really wants to be the content provider. This does not bode well for America's broadband future. It's very, very sad.
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said by funchords:

Clearly, Verizon is trying to become the next Comcast. It's just not that interested in being the carrier, it really wants to be the content provider. This does not bode well for America's broadband future. It's very, very sad.
The people demanded hustle a buck competition and yet they weep.

"...holograms delivered over FiOS..." The killer application; sorry outhouse users.