Second Generation 3D TV

The MVC format is used for 3D transmission of TV broadcast, and has just got a major fillip with the launch of Hispasat 1E satellite that led to the birth of JEDI (Just Explore EU project dimensions) second generation 3D TV broadcast channel, with the system being an experimental demonstration of its compatibility with the MVC format for the first time.

The advantage of the new setup is that the content in both HD and 3D format signals can both now be transmitted via the same signal. Transmission of 3D format in the present scenario requires the 3D signal being modified to be capable of transmitting over the network infrastructure that can handle only HD format. In this process there is loss of resolution thereby rendering the 3D in resolution lower than the original or HD content.

The JEDI Project

The JEDI project had started up in 2012 and the demo stage of the project had been shown to the world in June 2012. The demo had included even recording the program in 3D using compatible camera and then encoding as well as decoding the transmission and reception of the TV signal over the satellite.

The new technology would be able to bridge that gap between HD and 3D format. Advantage being that the receiver end would be able to take out either the HD or 3D data out of this and in case of the MVC technology based receiver the presentation would depend on the TV set that it is connected to. In addition the signal is now going to travel in a composite manner to be bifurcated at the receiver end. The quality of the signal therefore would be much higher than the present case.

Management of all the activities related to the JEDI consortium launched satellite would be resting upon Hispasat. Their main focus would be to set up measures so that the signal transmission as defined in the DVB-3D TV Phase 2a is adhered to. Also that an open channel is present all across Europe. This open channel would be used for carrying out experiments with 3D signal transmission for television broadcast.

Manufactures of STB , Pace is the single window contact point for this project. There are other firms also associated with this project which includes Alcatel-Lucent, D4D, TSA, SAPEC, Polytechnic University of Madrid and University of Zaragoza, with all the Spanish participants being connected by Planet Media. The European counterparts in the project are Barco, Philips, Videohouse, VRT, NDS, NXP, Technicolor, University of Nantes, Trinnov, Thomson Video Networks, Telenet and Vitec.

Hispasat has been working extensively on 3D TV broadcast since long time and their work has been spread all across Spain. This new project would further consolidate their endeavor for 3D transmission in Spain.


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