To get it out of the doldrums it remains in, 3D needs as much help as possible and the latest leg-up has been given by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) the United Nations agency for information and communication technology.
The ITU has drafted a series of recommendations, submitted to its Administrations for accelerated approval, on 3DTV that are intended to promote the further use of this format worldwide and which the ITU hopes will provide much needed tools to evaluate, make, and exchange 3DTV programmes. The ITU’s Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) has developed the standards in collaboration with experts from the television industry, broadcasting organisations and regulatory institutions in its Study Group 6.
In detail, the new ITU-R Recommendations focus on 720p and 1080i/p HDTV 3DTV programme production and broadcasting with recommendations also agreed on the digital interfaces used in studios for 3DTV programme production, and on the general requirements for 3DTV. The 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.
Expressing satisfaction with the on-going development of the 3DTV ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré said: “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. The new ITU-R Recommendations will provide fresh impetus to this exciting television format.”
David Wood, Chairman of ITU-R Working Party 6C (WP 6C), added, "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.”