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On the 3D TV Roadmap

Wondering what’s on the horizon for 3D TV? In the cable world, a lot of 3D’s future will be driven by industry standards developed through CableLabs. In anticipation of a big year ahead for the technology, the organization this week announced its first 3D spec with requirements for encoding content in a frame-compatible format for cable TV systems. Critically, the spec includes definitions for pushing 3D content out over existing digital video infrastructure. And, CableLabs points out that it continues work elsewhere to improve 3D resolution and quality as new equipment is developed.

Meanwhile, at the Set-Top Box 2010 conference yesterday, Motorola Senior Director of Advanced Technology Ajay Luthra laid out his view on the roadmap for 3D broadcasting. In the near term (i.e. 2010), he sees half-resolution 3D running at 720p 60, 1080i 30, or 1080p 24. In the medium term, the industry will migrate to full-resolution 3D and will support 3D Blu-Ray delivery. And in the longer term, we can look forward to full-resolution 3D with 1080p 60 for each eye. What constitutes the longer term? 2013 and beyond.

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