HDMI tunes into 3D TV broadcasts
The organisation behind HDMI has updated the digital TV connector standard to ready it for the 3D era.
HDMI Licensing said the new version, 1.4a, mandates the support of 'top-and-bottom' and 'side-by-side' modes for broadcasting the picture data that will be present to each eye, thus creating the illusion of 3D.
Until now, the standard supported 3D modes for games and pre-recorded movies, but not TV programming.
Side-by-side works with broadcast field-interlaced, 1080i pictures, while top-and-bottom is used with progressive-scan video at either 720p or 1080p resolution.
For pre-recorded movies on Blu-ray Disc and games presented in 3D, HDMI 1.4 already supports the frame packing technique, which is essentially top-and-bottom, at resolutions of up to 1080p at 24f/s and 720p, respectively.
By adding all these formats, HDMI Licensing said, the standard will ensure interoperability between hardware devices. Both the display and the content source - if they use HDMI rather than, say, DVI - have to support the formats. Hardware makers have 90 days to prepare their products for HDMI 1.4a certification, the licensing body said. ®
I forgot about my AV receiver, things just got expensive. This 3d shit can wait a few years.
damn right....i get a discount on my licence and its doesnt really make much difference as the hours of dirge and drivel broadcast every night looks no worse in monochrome and still sounds as bad in mono ;-)
Most people don't have a 3D ready TV anyway. So if you want 3D, a new TV was almost a given.
Screw A/V receivers, I just put the sound through one (optical) and let the source connect to the TV.