The 24-hour 3D channel on DirecTV — n3D — is reducing its hours of operation, reports the AP. Due to a shortage of 3D content, DirecTV has already begun reducing the hours; the first cutbacks went into effect June 1.
The channel launched in July 2010, with the backing of Panasonic, and was touted as the first 3D channel to operate around the clock … until now. Currently, the same shows are presented in a constant loop and when there is nothing to show, the n3D logo appears.
Robert Mercer, spokesman for DirecTV, said n3D will continue to air 3D shows such as “Guitar Center Sessions” and plans to air Olympics coverage in 3D this summer.
To watch n3D, DirecTV viewers need a 3D-ready TV, an HD receiver, and HD service, which costs $10 a month.