BSkyB looks at ‘full’ 3D-TV

Chris Johns, BSkyB’s chief engineer, says the pay-TV broadcaster is looking at ways of transmitting full resolution 3D-TV. Currently Sky transmits frame compatible signals which compress two signals into a single HD frame.

Speaking at TVB Europe’s 3D Masters Summit in London on June 15, Johns admitted that sending full resolution images would result in an improved 3D picture in the home. “We need to be working with set-top box makers and standards bodies to come up with the next set of standards for 3D.”

Johns told delegates that Sky’s 3D output would be benefitting from the extra cash available for UK original programming announced last week. He added that it is more important to have quality than quantity. “The 3D child has been born,” he said. “We have to make sure the child matures into an adult in sensible way.”

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