Editor ©RapidTVNews | 16-08-2011

Perhaps running before the industry has yet to crawl, the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) has launched development of a 3DTV broadcast TV standard that will provide methods for transmission of content to mobile as well as fixed devices.

Work on the new 3DTV broadcast standard builds on ATSC 3DTV Planning Team’s efforts over the last year which could be completed in a year’s time. The work will see that 3D content is delivered on one ATSC terrestrial channel to fixed receivers, with delivery of both views (left and right eye) in real-time, and that 3D content is delivered on one ATSC terrestrial channel to mobile/handheld receivers, and delivery of both views in real-time.

“The addition of 3D-TV over-the-air TV broadcast transmission is part of our ongoing effort to expand the capabilities of the ATSC suite of digital television standards,” said ATSC President Mark Richer. “The addition of 3D-TV 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 development work will be led by Youngkwon Lim, representing the Electronics and Telecommunication Research Institute (ETRI) in South Korea, and Richard Chernock, of Triveni Digital and Chair of the ATSC Technology & Standards Group.