What’s Next for 3D TV Transmission?

Delivering 3D HD TV to the home may not necessitate the complete overhaul of the program transmission chain that early 3D skeptics had forecast, as most the frame-compatible broadcast format seems to be gaining traction with upcoming 3D networks and pay-TV operators.

According to Broadcasting & Cable, DirecTV, ESPN, British pay-TV operator Sky each plan to use frame-compatible 3D formats, which can squeeze the left- and right-eye images into a normal HD program stream by interleaving them in a side-by-side or top-bottom configuration.

In addition, executives from major encoder manufacturers say their products can support frame-compatible 3D, with at most a software upgrade required to optimize the processing of 3D images.

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