2010 is the year when we will see 3D HDTVs finally making the way to homes after some great devices we will see during CES 2010. 1080p HD was hot in 2009 and boosted deman for BluRay. The pursuit continues by doubling the bandwidth: Stereo HD. As per the latest Spec, HDMI 1.4 supports 3D home video to ensure compatibility between displays and boxes to make 3D 1080p Boadcasts possible.
Yes, you heard it right. We would see 3D HD channels coming to home within 2010, so HDMI 1.4 brings all that using a new Spec. Why? Logically, the bandwidth is now doubled by adding dual-stream video inputs (for 3D) each of 1080p images.
”As a leading global standard for HD connectivity, the HDMI Consortium takes the market’s needs very seriously,” says Steve Venuti, president of HDMI Licensing, LLC. “3D is a nascent market and thus continues to evolve quickly. We have taken input from leading industry associations and this announcement reflects the HDMI Founders’ commitment to continuously and proactively set the foundation for innovations that will deliver the next generation of content. The addition of the new format will secure the application of 3D for broadcasting, in addition to the existing applications for Blu-ray and gaming.”
However, there is an alternate too, broadcasters have requested to support backward compatibility using “Top/Bottom” 3D transmissions. What this will do is sacrifice resolution while saving bandwidth by shoving left/right images into a single frame. That can add a new spec: “HDLite” (get ready for 3DLite). Using this, all existing Blu-Ray, PS3 users will get a software upgrade to 3D till the new FullHD 1080p HDMI 1.4 goes mainstream.