Next step for DVB and 3DTV


DVBs_Steering_Board_has_approved_the_Commercial_Requirements_for_a_second_3DTV_delivery_systemThe DVB's Steering Board has approved the Commercial Requirements for a second 3DTV delivery system The DVB's Steering Board has approved the Commercial Requirements for a second 3DTV delivery system

 

Termed ‘Service Compatible’, the second system is a solution required by content deliverers that enables the 2D and 3D versions of a programme to be broadcast within the same video signal, so that new 3D televisions and next-generation STBs can receive 3D programmes, while consumers with existing 2D HDTV receivers and set-top boxes can watch the 2D version. This 2D picture will probably be either the left or right image of the 'stereo pair'.


In February 2011, the DVB Steering Board approved the specification for a first phase 3DTV delivery system. This system was developed for broadcasters and content deliverers needing a system that works with existing HDTV receivers, provided they are used with a 3D display. This approach, termed 'Frame Compatible', is now a principal system in use for 3DTV delivery throughout the world.

 

Quality TV


“Since 2009, the DVB leads the world in working on 3DTV delivery formats. The Frame Compatible system works very well and delivers good quality 3DTV, but there are DVB Members who have other requirements for 3DTV delivery. The DVB exists to serve all its members, and it has therefore examined the options for meeting these extra needs” commented David Wood, Chairman of the DVB Commercial Module for 3DTV.


For convenience, this second approach is termed DVB-3DTV 'Phase 2a'. The Commercial Requirements will shortly be available as a 'BlueBook' on the DVB website. The DVB Technical Module has been asked to complete the preparation of the specification for Phase 2a before the end of summer 2012.



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