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ATSC Begins Work On 3D Broadcast Standard

8/15/2011 02:04:30 PM Eastern
Washington - The Advanced Television Systems Committee said Monday it is now working on a 3D television transmission standard for both fixed and mobile device broadcast television services.

The new project is being led by Dr. Youngkwon Lim of the Daejon, South Korea-based Electronics and Telecommunication Research Institute, and is expected to take up to a year to complete.

Lim was said to have been selected to head up the team due to his extensive background in broadcast technology research and his experience in international standards development.

"The addition of 3DTV over-the-air TV broadcast transmission is part of our ongoing effort to expand the capabilities of the ATSC suite of digital television standards," Mark Richer, ATSC president, said in a statement. "The addition of 3DTV 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."

 The new 3DTV broadcast standard is said to build on the extensive efforts over the last year by the ATSC 3DTV Planning Team and 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; and

  • 3D content delivered in non-real-time.
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