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ATSC Begins Work On 3D Broadcast Standard

Washington – The

Advanced Television Systems Committee

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

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

“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.