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3D TV Programming

There's nothing like 3D HD to bring your TV to life. Modern 3D HD TV technology uses special glasses to bring you an unparalleled viewing experience. Enjoy some of your favorite movies and television shows in eye popping 3D with the latest technology. DISH offers the chance to watch 3D content in multiple ways, since DISH 3D programming is supported on both active and passive polarized 3D televisions.


3D Television Channels Available

Find 3D movies & shows on DISH Network® channels 1 and 501 by accessing your guide and order using your remote control. 3D supported shows are defined by their “3D” icon. DISH offers the opportunity to view 3D shows and channels in 720p, 1080i and 1080p resolutions.

Hardware needed to enjoy DISH 3D HD TV

3D HD Television.

3D on DISH works with modern 3D HD TVs. Some older 3D TVs may demand additional hardware in order to view today's 3D TV channels, so be sure to ask the TV manufacturer.

3D Glasses.

Depending on the 3D HD TV manufacturer, the glasses may have to be purchased separately from the TV. Consider purchasing more than one pair so that everyone in your home can view and enjoy the 3D experience.

3D-Compatible HD DVR.

A compatible DISH receiver (ViP® 922 or the Hopper) delivers a 3D video signal. Learn More

3D Cables.

High-speed HDMI cables (10.2 Gbps or higher) work just fine with the HDMI 3D pass-through technology found in 3D-capable HD TVs and Blu-ray players.

Surround Sound (Optional).

Make sure that a home theater system will be compatible with the 3D pass-through technology. Check with the manufacturer.

Frequently asked questions

arrow DISH 3D Programming.

Does DISH offer 3D programming?

Yes. DISH Network 3D movie titles and shows can be found on Channel 501 and 1 of your guide and are defined by the '3D' icon.

Is DISH's 3D programming also in HD TV?


When will DISH offer more 3D programming?

DISH is committed to offering a variety of 3D movies satellite TV. Check back on the website as additional 3D Video-On-Demand movies become available.

Will DISH offer ESPN 3D or other sports content in 3D?

DISH will provide sports content on 3D. We are working with multiple content partners to offer 3D sports channels that meets customer demand.

Does 3D programming cost more than my current DISH service?

Yes, there is an additional charge for all Video On Demand movies ordered through DISH cinema.

Why is there such a limited selection of true 3D program available?

DISH is committed to carrying the top quality 3D content as it becomes available. 3D home viewing technology was just introduced in 2010 and continues to evolve as customers demand more content.

What 3D video delivery format does DISH use?

DISH uses frames as the delivery format, which supports both active and passive (polarized) 3D TVs.

What 3D video resolution does DISH provide customers?

720p, 1080i, and 1080p are supported.

arrow 3D HD TV Basics.

Is a 3D TV also an HD TV?

Yes, a 3D television is essentially an enhanced high-definition television with the capacity to display 3D programming.

Which types of TVs support 3D HD TV?

Some LCDs, LEDs, DLP's and Plasma models support 3D viewing. In addition, some CRT rear-projectors are fine, but some may not work or require additional equipment in order to support 3D viewing.

Can a 3D HD TV display regular 2D programs?

Yes, a 3D television is essentially a high-definition television with the capability of viewing 3D programming.

Where can I see a 3D HD TV?

Most major electronics retail stores including Sears and Best Buy have 3D HD TV demonstration booths. Sony Style stores also have 3D HD TV demonstrations.

Can I watch regular 2D TV on my 3D TV or will everything be 3D?

Yes, if you have a 3D-enabled HD TV and DISH Network Service, you can switch between viewing 2D or 3D programming as needed.

If my HD TV says it's "3D-ready" does that mean it's a 3D TV?

To determine if your "3D-Ready" TV is a 3D TV you need to check the reference materials that came with your TV. Some older HD TV sets indicate they are 3D-ready, but you'll need to check what that means for your particular brand and model.

Can everyone see 3D?

No. According to the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, nearly one million people in the U.S. suffer from a condition called stereo blindness, which prevents them from perceiving the intended depth of a 3D experience. And some people who watch 3D HD TV initially experience some motion sickness as they become adjusted to the screen. Other symptoms include headaches and eye fatigue.

arrow 3D HD TV Required Equipment.

What is needed to enjoy a 3D experience?

3D Video content, a DISH 3D-compatible receiver (Hopper or ViP 922), a 3D-capable HD TV, and the 3D viewing glasses that work with your 3D HD TV are required.

Is a special HDMI cable required?

This depends on the video input source to the 3D HD TV. In most cases, special HDMI cabling is not required to view 3D programming, although the HDMI cable and connections must at least meet the HDMI 1.3 specification. The HDMI cable provided with the DISH receiver will support 3D satellite TV.

arrow 3D Glasses.

What kind of 3D glasses are required?

There are two types of 3D HD TV's sold - active-shutter and film-patterned retarder (FPR), also known as passive polarized. Active-shutter 3D HD TVs require 3D glasses that use electronic shutters and rapidly open and close each lens in response to commands received from the 3D HD TV. FPR (Film Patterned Retarder) 3D technology relies on the television's polarized screen, not the glasses, to generate the 3D image. The 3D glasses simply allow the 3D image to be delivered to each eye concurrently. As a result, customers can use comfortable and lightweight glasses just like in the movie theaters.

How much do 3D glasses cost?

The price of a pair of 3D glasses varies by TV manufacturer. Most 3D glasses tend to cost between $24 and $69 per pair at retail.

Do the 3D glasses work on any brand or model of 3D TV?

No, a pair of 3D glasses will only work with the specific TV model.

What about the older 3D glasses?

Anaglyph Glasses are the red/blue lens glasses you remember when you were a kid and really don't pertain to today's 3D technology.

What are passive 3D Glasses?

These glasses have polarized lenses and are used to view 3D movies in theaters. They're light weight and need no power supply, but can only be used with 3D Polarized HD TVs such as the LG LW5600.

DISH's legacy of customer service continues as we enhance our technician health-safety training for added peace of mind

As the nation responds to the spread of COVID-19, DISH has taken additional measures to keep our customers and team members safe, healthy, and connected to vital news, information and entertainment.

Throughout our history, DISH customers have always come first. DISH has been ranked #1 in Customer Satisfaction by J.D. Power and our customers for two years in a row, with top rankings in individual categories, including Courtesy and Professionalism of In-Home Technicians. That legacy of commitment to customer service will continue throughout this pandemic, and DISH has taken active steps to maintain your ability to sign up for DISH service and protect you and your family during technician visits and in the DISH installation process.

Our professional technicians have received enhanced training on critical health-safety procedures, including those recommended by the CDC to promote cleanliness and to help prevent the spread of illness.

  • Work orders will be signed using a unique pin so you won't need to touch the technician's phone or tablet while on-site.
  • Technicians will take enhanced cleaning measures to sanitize surfaces they come in contact with and equipment installed in your home.
  • Technicians will wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.
  • Technicians will refrain from leaving behind paper manuals or equipment packaging unless desired by customers.
  • Technicians will practice safe social distancing whenever possible while visiting your home, and have been advised not to shake hands.
  • As always, if technicians have a known illness, they will not visit a customer's home.

We know how important television is to you and your loved ones, so our professional technicians will continue to work in a clean, safe manner consistent with our commitment to customer service.

Additionally, we are proud to support the increased connectivity needs of Americans in these uncertain times by providing wireless carriers with access to our wireless spectrum at no cost.

By working together and treating each other with care, America will endure these challenging times. All of us here at DISH remain committed to serving, entertaining, informing and connecting America.