DirecTV 3D TV Channels Announced For HD Subscribers

Are you a DirecTV HD upgrade package subscriber? Then, here is some reason to cheer. The television broadcast company has announced a new package that will bring three new all-3D channels to the HD subscribers.

The first channel is named ‘n3D powered by Panasonic’ and offers a fixed schedule of 3D programmed content on DirecTV channel 103. The second 3D channel – DirecTV Cinema is now available on channel number 104 and channel 105 runs n3D on Demand.

DirecTV has revealed that future 3D content programmed on these channels will include the upcoming Major League Baseball All Star game and the NASCAR Coke Zero 400 auto race on July 3.

The launch is in partnership with Panasonic. However, HD subscribers shall be able to enjoy the 3D content on any 3D-capable HDTV.

Microsoft TV Recommendation Engine

Microsoft TV is a small segment of the Redmond based company that develops software products for the television industry. This includes UltimateTV, a DirecTV receiver and IPTV edition.

In a recent patent filed at the USPTO, Microsoft has sought to bolster its product offerings with an interesting recommendation engine. Inspired by the recommendation algorithm incorporated on websites like YouTube, Microsoft TV’s recommendation engine will recommend TV shows, movies based on user interests as well as the program’s functional value.

Microsoft notes,

“Viewers have an ever-increasing selection of media content to choose from, such as television programming, movies, videos, and music that is available for selection and viewing. Given the large volume of the various types of media content to choose from, viewers may want recommendations for movies and television programs provided to them that not only may be of interest, but recommendations that are useful.”

The algorithm is pretty similar to how it works online. The system records the TV shows the user watches and clubs it along with other users watching the same TV show. By clustering groups of people based on their viewing interests, the system will be able to recommend new TV shows or movies that you may have not watched.

TV Movies Recommendation Engine