DVB WORLD – ROME. The latest 3DTV technical specification being developed by the DVB will not be made available until the end of 2013.
Speaking at the DVB World conference in Rome, David Wood, chair of the DVB’s 3DTV commercial module, explained the extended period for the work followed last month’s approval of his commercial requirements.
“Commercially-speaking the people who started frame compatible broadcasts wanted time for people to get used to it before introducing another one,” he said.
The Service Compatible system would require the deployment of new receivers, rather than the use of the existing set-top box inventory used by 3DTV broadcasters to date.
Two of the main requirements within DVB 3DTV Phase 2b are backwards compatibility with Frame Compatible reception and full HDTV quality for left and right images.
Wood said it was likely that the choice of ‘top up’ system, used to provide the additional information that makes up the 3DTV picture was most likely to be MVC. Wood explained that this made sense because it is the same system as used for Blu-ray.