ATSC Starts Work On 3D Broadcast Standard

South Korea's Dr. Youngkwon Lim will lead the effort to develop home and mobile specifications for over-the-air transmission.

The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) has launched development of a 3D broadcast TV standard that will provide methods for transmission of 3D content to both fixed and mobile devices, the standards development organization announced today.

“The addition of 3D TV over-the-air TV broadcast transmission is part of our ongoing effort to expand the capabilities of the ATSC suite of digital television standards,” said ATSC President Mark Richer.

The work on the new broadcast standard builds on the efforts over the last year by the ATSC 3DTV Planning Team. ATSC said this new standard, which could be completed in a year, will allow:

  • 3D content delivered on one ATSC terrestrial channel to fixed receivers, with delivery of both views (left and right eye) in real time.
  • 3D content delivered on one ATSC terrestrial channel to mobile/handheld receivers, and delivery of both views in real-time.
  • 3D content delivered in non-real-time.

“The addition of 3D-TV capability to the DTV broadcast standard will foster new broadcast services while preserving the integrity of legacy TV receivers by adopting a system that allows for simultaneous delivery of 2D HDTV, mobile DTV, and 3D programs within the same channel while ensuring backwards compatibility,” Richer said.

The effort will be led by Dr. Youngkwon Lim, representing the Electronics and Telecommunication Research Institute (ETRI) in Daejon, South Korea. Dr. Richard Chernock, of Triveni Digital and chair of the ATSC Technology & Standards Group, said: “Dr. Lim’s extensive background in broadcast technology research and his experience in international standards development make him an excellent person to lead this important project.”

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Christina Perez says:

August 17, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Emerging holographic technology will render obsolete any 3D standard developed in the near-term. And any 3D standard that requires glasses is D.O.A.; viewers already have spoken on that issue. The smart money says broadcasters should invest their energies in a concerted effort to get cellphone makers to sell units with mobile DTV chips. Fact is, until holographic technology is incorporated into a 3D standard, viewers won’t be satisfied with the product. Ask most people who’ve sampled the 3D TVs out in the marketplace.

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