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July 21, 2008

3D Home Theater Getting Its Own Set Of Standards

driscoll_fig03.jpg3D movie playback is a growing trend thanks to new digital cinema installations across the United States, but as we've said before 3D won't really catch on until it's easily transferred to the home theater. Several different groups are working on quickly advancing the technologies necessary to make this a reality and there are already 3D-ready HDTV's on the market, but there has remained one major problem until now.

Standards. That's right, right now several different companies produce 3D home theater technologies, but all tend to have their own technical methods that result in different file formats and compatibility with select devices. This is a big brick wall to consumer adoption. No one wants to read every product box to see if a particular device will work with their home theater setup. Enter the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) who've launched an initiative to develop a set of international standards that'll run across all 3D devices and delivery methods.

The establishment of 3D standards will take some time; the SMPTE estimates it'll be up to a year-and-a-half until the final standards are actually set in stone. The group's first meeting is set for August 19.

Via The Hollywood Reporter

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Posted by Justin Davey at July 21, 2008 4:54 AM

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