3DTV gets a boost with new ITU recommendations

Staff writer
01 Jun 2012

New ITU recommendations on 3DTV will provide much needed tools to evaluate, make, and exchange 3DTV programs.

Intended to promote the further use of this format worldwide, the new recommendations are being submitted to administrations for accelerated approval.

ITU’s Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) has developed the standards in collaboration with experts from the television industry, broadcasting organizations and regulatory institutions in its Study Group 6.

The ITU-R recommendations focus on 3DTV program 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 program production, and on the general requirements for 3DTV.

ITU-R Study Group 6 also agreed a recommendation for the methods to evaluate the quality of 3DTV images, which relates to three aspects, or quality factors: picture quality, depth, and comfort levels.

“These Recommendations will be of great value to those who make and distribute 3DTV programmes today and in the future. They will make the 3DTV world more comfortable for the media community, and will surely encourage the success and further development of 3DTV,” said David Wood, chairman of ITU-R Working Party 6C.

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