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3D TV for You and Me

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.”

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  1. [...] 3D  Masters event is this week, and Motorola is joining up with Comcast to support some of the public viewing events [...]

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