The ITU has unveiled a new series of recommendations that are anticipated will give a much-needed shot in the arm to 3DTV broadcasts.
The new standards – or recommendations – have been developed by the ITU’s Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) Study Group 6 and were described by the organization as a “major leap forward”.
The ITU-R recommendations focus on 3DTV programme production and broadcasting in the two formats that are in use worldwide: the ’720p’ and the ’1080i/p HDTV’ environments. Recommendations were also agreed on the digital interfaces used in studios for 3DTV programme production, and on the general requirements for 3DTV.
A recommendation has also been put forward to evaluate picture quality, depth, and comfort levels.
ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré expressed his satisfaction with the ongoing development of the 3DTV format in ITU’s Radiocommunication Sector.
“3DTV has made a huge impact on TV viewers around the world and led to new developments and opportunities in the broadcast and manufacturing sectors,” Dr Touré said. “The new ITU-R Recommendations will provide fresh impetus to this exciting television format.”
In March the DVB delayed the introduction of its latest technical specification to allow time for the existing standards to bed down.