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3D programming on Comcast still a wasteland

Steps required to watch Comcast 3D

Watching true 3D programming on Comcast cable system is still in its infancy.

As of summer 2010, there are only two channels dedicated to 3D programming. Both are silent until a special event is scheduled for broadcast.

Depending on what part of country you live, you may or may not be able to receive 3D programming from Comcast.

There is no additional charge for 3D programming at this time.

Activate 3D Progrmming: Contact Comcast to enable access to the 3D channels. If you have the qualifying high-definition (HG) set-top box already in your home, there is no need to schedule a service call or get a new set-top box. Access to 3D programming can be enabled over the phone.

Requirements for 3D TV Viewing: A 3D HDTV required to watch a 3D broadcast.  Models from manufacturers include Sony 3D TV, Panasonic Full HD 3D TV and Samsung Full HD 3D TV.  A standard HD television is not able to display 3D effects.  In addition to the 3D TV, every person watching will need 3D glasses from the TV manufacturer.

New Cable Set Top Box Needed: The technology used to film and transmit shows and events in HD 3D requires that only specific digital video set top boxes are able to receive and broadcast the programming. Comcast offers several qualifying set top boxes to customers.

Comcast 3D Broadcast Channels

Comcast offers various 3D programming options for our customers.

  • ESPN3D is available in many Comcast areas and will broadcast many exciting, live events in HD 3D.
  • Comcast also broadcasts a 3D Events channel in many areas, highlighting various special events on a regular basis.  The first scheduled, live event on this channel will be the Daytona 400 NASCAR race was on July 3, 2010.

ESPN3D is the first live-event sports channel to broadcast events in Full HD 3D. Comcast offers customers ESPN3D as part of their digital video subscription beginning on June 11th, 2010.

The first live 3D event broadcast on ESPN3D was the FIFA World Cup match between South Africa and Mexico. Up to 25 additional 2010 World Cup matches will be featured. In the first year of broadcast, ESPN3D will offer up to 100 live events broadcast in 3D.

ESPN3D is broadcast on different channels, depending on where you live. The list below shows which channel ESPN3D is broadcast on in your area.

  • Eastern U.S. (Washington D.C., PA, NJ, VA):     Channel 980
  • Northern U.S. (MA, ME, IL, MI, CT, NH):     Channel 334
  • Northern U.S. (Indiana, except Kokomo (334)):     Channel 1603
  • Southern U.S. (GA, FL, TX, AL):     Channel 790
  • Western U.S. (CA, WA, OR, CO, NM, AZ):     Channel 898

The 3D Event Channel is broadcast on different channels, depending on where in the country you live.

  • Eastern U.S. (Washington D.C., PA, NJ, VA):  Channel 981
  • Northern U.S. (MA, ME, IL, MI, CT, NH):  Channel 333
  • Northern U.S. (Indiana, except Kokomo (334)):  Channel 1863
  • Southern U.S. (GA, FL, TX, AL):  Channel 791
  • Western U.S. (CA, WA, OR, CO, NM, AZ):  Channel 897

3D programming is not yet available in all areas.  Call 1-800-COMCAST to see if 3D programming is available in your area.  For more information visit the 3D section at the Comcast web site.

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