If you’re following the 3D TV trail, here are a few nuggets from the trade pubs today. First, Steve Donahue at Light Reading Cable covered a Comcast talk on the upcoming 3D Masters golf event. Some salient points:
- Comcast expects “thousands” of subscribers to be able to tune in to the 3D tournament showing from Augusta
- Comcast will broadcast the 3D event in 1080i using side-by-side imaging, rather than the top-bottom format
- Comcast execs noted that they expect 3D networks to take up half of a traditional 6MHz channel
Jim Barthold also had a piece up today on 3DTV over at Fierce Cable, and this one included Motorola commentary. Here’s a quote:
“In the short term 3D TV is the equivalent of adding a new HD channel to your lineup,” said Mark Schaffer, a product management director at Motorola. “It’s a service that takes the same amount of bandwidth as HD but it is a unique service that would require its own slot on the operator’s plant.”
Using CEA HDMI spec 1.4a, 3D metadata can pass between the set-top and TV and tell the TV whether the format is side-by-side, top-bottom and what resolution should be displayed.
“Three months ago things changed pretty dramatically with the announcement of a new generation of 3D TV sets… that are much more in line with how we distribute high definition television today.”