ITU Previews 3DTV Roadmap

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in Geneva has rolled out a set of plans or ‘roadmap’ for developing new broadcasting systems that will revolutionise the way the general public views their favorite TV programs.

ITU is looking to transform TV programs and feature films into stereophonic 3D format that will mimic the way in which people naturally perceive their surroundings; adaptively changing according to a person’s viewing position and distance related to objects.

The United Nations agency, which was established in 1965, plans to map out the deployment of 3D TV in a 3-step process.

The first step will include 3D television being delivered to consumer’s TV screens in ‘Plano-stereophonic’, in which two different views combine to offer 3D images when users wear 3D glasses.

However, the images broadcasted in the first generation of 3D TV will not change if the users relocate to a different position from the screen.

The second generation integration of the technology will “provide for multiple views, with head movement changing the view, for a viewing experience that more closely mimics real life.”

ITU has claimed that when the third generation of 3D TV is launched in around 15-20 years from now, it will be capable of providing images which are near-replication of a human’s natural vision and perception of 3D, hopefully without the glasses.

Our Comments

We strongly believe that it will take much less than 20 years for it all to happen because there are billions of pounds that are going to be invested over forthcoming decade or so, not only by hardware manufacturers but also content producers and the whole broadcasting ecosystem.

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