S3D Musical Chairs Has One Less Seat, but Music Hasn’t Stopped
The products, available this year, include 3-D capable TV sets and Blu-ray DVD players from Samsung, as well as DreamWorks Animation’s “Monsters Vs. Aliens” in 3-D, the companies said today in a statement.
Panasonic will be the exclusive presenting sponsor of DIRECTV’s new HD 3D channels, which will deliver movies, sports and entertainment content from some of the world’s most renowned 3D producers. DIRECTV and Panasonic will leverage current relationships with programming partners and movie studios to obtain new and existing 3D content. DIRECTV is currently working with AEG/AEG Digital Media, CBS, Fox Sports/FSN, Golden Boy Promotions, HDNet, MTV, NBC Universal and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., to develop additional 3D programming that will debut in 2010-2011. The sponsorship will feature Panasonic branding on all DIRECTV 3D channels for a one-year period.
Another feather in Panasonic’s cap, as DirecTV joins the list of strategic relationships, known to include
- James Cameron’s Avatar
Unlike Samsung, Panasonic’s total HD 3D story does not list content, but their deal with DirecTV will give them MLB All Star Game, if you believe the internet, and Disney‘s first S3D BD release for the holidays.
Yes you read that right, the studio with the most new 3D movies around isn’t going to release its first title until the fourth quarter of 2010. We’ve seen some cool 3D demos in past few days but lets face it, the technology is worthless without content. Now you might think that Disney would help launch 3D with a big hit like Toy Story 3, but you’d be wrong. No instead it’ll all get kicked off with Disney’s A Christmas Carol — no we’re not feeling it either. Disney is the third studio to announce 3D content that’ll be released this year, and although none of them are up our alley, we’re sure someone is excited to see them
But when you do stop the music on this game of musical chairs, Samsung has its eye only on Sony and that’s why they made the agreement with Dreamworks Animation, who has committed to authoring all their upcoming theatrical releases in S3D and somewhat informally, announced they will be re-mastering their archive titles in S3D starting with the Shrek films. Oh, and the Samsung S3D line ships with Yahoo! Connected TV Widgets. Happy viewing.