How To View DirecTV’s New 3D Channels

June 1st, 2010 · 13 Comments · 3D HDTV

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(June 1, 2010) In December 2009 HD Guru was first to report DirecTV’s planned 3D service launch. 3D broadcasts commence June 11, 2010 with four 3D channels the most planned by any program provider so far. Comcast, the only other service to announce 3D broadcast plans comes in a distant second with just one 3D channel, ESPN3D. Here’s the first complete guide to everything you’ll need to know to get round-the-clock 3D.

The New DirecTV 3D Channels


Channel 103- “N3D” 3D content and programs often referred to as a “barker” channel, as it will loop its 3D programming (according to a DirecTV representative). Programs suppliers are AEG/AEG Digital Media, CBS, Fox Sports/FSN, Golden Boy Promotions, HDNet, MTV, NBC Universal and Turner Broadcasting System. DirecTV plans to add new content as it becomes available, including the MLB All Star Game on July 13th. N3D is free with any HD DirecTV subscription and the right hardware.


Channel 104- DirecTV “PPV 3D” (Pay Per View) is a linear HD 3D channel featuring movies or special events in 3D at fixed start times. Movies cost $6.99, representing a $1 premium over the same title in 2D and may be recorded on a DVR in 3D within a 24 hour viewing window.


Channel 105 -“On Demand 3D”– downloads of movies and other 3D programs via a (required) high speed Internet connection to the DVR. 3D Movies cost $6.99, the same as 3D PPV. On Demand content is only available with DirecTV HD DVRs.


Channel 106-“ESPN 3D” A variety of live and recorded sports programming, all broadcast in 3D. ESPN 3D plans a minimum of 85 live sporting events during its first year (including the first 2010 FIFA World Cup match, featuring South Africa versus Mexico). Other forthcoming 3D events include the X Games 16, 2010 college football ACC Championship, 2011 BCS National Championship game, college basketball and NBA games in 2011.

What You Need:

1) A 3D HDTV

Here’s the list of 3D compatible HDTV models (xx=screen size) available to date (other makes and models are scheduled for release later this year):

Panasonic- TC-P50VT20 and [amazonify]B003NA1AGM::text::::TC-PxxVT25[/amazonify] series (all are 2010 models)

Samsung-[amazonify]B0036WT4EC::text::::UNxxC7000[/amazonify],[amazonify]B0036WT4EW::text::::UNxxC8000 [/amazonify], [amazonify]B0036WT4LK::text::::UNxxC9000[/amazonify] , [amazonify]B0036WT3SE::text::::LNxxC750[/amazonify], [amazonify]B0036WT3YS::text::::PNxxC7000[/amazonify]  and [amazonify]B0036WT3Z2::text::::PNxxC8000[/amazonify] series (all are 2010 models)

LG-xxLX9500 and [amazonify]B003BI6W0K::text::::xxLX6500[/amazonify] series (all are 2010 models)

Mitsubishi rear projectors covering the 2007-2010 model years (note: requires use of Mitsubishi 3DC-1000 converter available at end of June 2010) [amazonify]B000S6C0QS::text::::WDxx833[/amazonify], WDxx735, [amazonify]B001ASC60I::text::::WDxx835[/amazonify], [amazonify]B00166G6FA::text::::WDxx736[/amazonify], [amazonify]B001XUR5F4::text::::WDxx737[/amazonify], [amazonify]B001XUR5GS::text::::WDxx837[/amazonify], [amazonify]B003HIPKR0::text::::WDxx638[/amazonify], [amazonify]B003HPB97I::text::::WDxx738[/amazonify], WDxx838, WDxxC8,[amazonify]B002HHLGDE::text::::WDxxC9[/amazonify],  WDxxC10, [amazonify]B001IAAD3K::text::::L65-A90[/amazonify] and [amazonify]B003KTN0AK::text::::L75A91[/amazonify] series

2) 3D Glasses that are compatible with your brand 3D TV

3) A DirecTV HD Receiver or DVR (connected to the DirecTV 3 LNB Oval Dish) – One of the following DirecTV HD receivers : H21, H23 and H24 or HD DVR models HR21, HR22, HR23 or HD24 are required (Note: the DirecTV models H20 and HR20 are incompatible with its 3D channels and must be replaced with one of the models above.)

DirecTV does not state why its 20 series boxes will not pass 3D content. However we know the 20 series boxes use an early version of HDMI (1.1), which is incapable passing 3D auto-format data to a display. Any set top box without this feature requires the TV to be manually forced into the correct 3D mode, a process of multiple remote control button pushes each time you tune to a 3D channel.

Subscribers can call DirecTV at 1-800-531-5000 for box upgrade information.

4) An [amazonify]B00356X9EK::text::::HDMI Cable[/amazonify]– to connect between the compatible HD DirecTV set top box and your 3D TV. The DirecTV box’s component video output will not carry its 3D signal.

5) A DirecTV Subscription With The Latest Software- Once you have all the above, you will need to get the latest DirecTV software download.  It is version 0x3e0 and will automatically download to your HD DirecTV receiver or DVR. To learn which version you have, go to “System and Test” under “Set Up” on the DirecTV on-screen menu.  According to a DirecTV representative, the new software began downloading on 5/20/10. To date, HD Guru has not received the new version. Note: the legacy H20 and HR20 receivers will take the new software download but as stated above, will not send the 3D signal out of the box, resulting in a blank screen with a notice if you tune to 3D channel.

Stay tuned, we will review the new DirecTV 3D channels soon.

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13 Comments so far ↓

  • anthony grumadas

    pay over119.00 a month would appreciate a few more cartoon 3d free chanels for children never watch sports all i get is the same thing on 107 over and over 103 doesnt even come in a little more for my money please i have been a good custumer for a long time some appreciation please. thank you

  • Vic Michalak

    I can watch 3d dvd movies with a player that has dual hdmi outputs but I cannot watch directv 3d channels I have a yamaha rxz663 reciever using high speed hdmi cables So can I use 1 hdmi and a optical cable from my directv dvr since it has`nt got dual outputs like my panasonic bluray 3d player?

  • Tim Bibbs


    Since my Denon 4810CI is not 1.4a compatible, I’m thinking I will have to connect the DIRECTV HDMI cable that’s currently plugged into my AVR and connect it directly to the TV in order to view 3D content? I have the 3DC-1000 starter pack for Mits DLP coming next week and have the latest DIRECTV HD-DVR. Thank you for your time Sir.



  • Mbridwell

    Hi HDGuru Team,
    Just wanted to let you know that Digital Projection’s TITAN and LIGHTNING 3D projectors are also DirecTV capable. You can find out more about our compatible projectors here:

  • Dan

    I just had direc tv installed yesterday and got the 3D update as 0x3de. However, the only channel showing up is 106 ESPN 3D. The other 3 aren’t even in the channel guide. Have the other 3 launched yet? Or is this some sort of error?

  • HTDude

    Same here, all three of my receivers hung and not responding to remote commands. I had to unplug all of them, let them go through the reboot process and then press the reset button again to get the remote and buttons to work.

  • vttheatergeek

    Woke up to find my receiver bricked this morning, would not respond to remote or set top controls. Pulled the power cord for hard reset, got it running but needed a red button reset to get remote working.

  • Wiggins

    Firmware update has caused problems on two of my receivers. After installation remotes won’t control the receiver, neither will the buttons on it. I really hope they aren’t bricked….

  • syed

    my firmware says 0x3a8 (Michigan easter time zone) Directv saying firmware not available yet and my guide doesn’t show ch 103-108 please help

  • Cheesz


    Great update! I have 2 HR20’s and DirecTV won’t upgrade me for free. What a crock!

    Anyway, do you know if to get the DirecTV 3D channels will I need the HDMI cable pluged direct to the TV or will I be able to plug into my v1.3 receiver? I know this is an issue with the 3D Bluray’s with the exception of the Panny’s which have 2 HDMI out’s.

  • Topless Stang

    Great site! Just wanted to point out that the firmware update version has changed. I got up today and had a message up about the upcoming world games being in 3D. The software version was 0x3b1(non-dvr) & 0x3ba(DVR). This morning the new firmware is version 0x3e0 & 0x3ea. That should be the 3D firmware. ESPN 3D will be channel 106. It’s in the guide, but it’s greyed out.

  • Stew

    5 LNB Dish? You sure?

    Its the 3 LNB dish not the 5. Thanks for catching the editing error.


  • David S.

    Dear Guru,
    Is one of the HD-DVR’s listed the Tivo version that is supposed to come out sometime this yr.? If not any update on it?

    You list the L75A91. Is this the lager version of the L65-A90 that was put on hold meaning you will need the 3DC-1000 converter or is this a updated Laservue that has full HD-3D? If new and improved is a review upcoming for us to look forward to?

    Thank you,

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