Blu-ray Disc Association provides updates on 3D technology

MUMBAI: The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) announced its plans for incorporating 3D into the Blu-ray Disc format. The rapid consumer adoption of Blu-ray Disc, coupled with the format’s technical capabilities and capacity, make it the ideal format for bringing a vibrant 3D experience to consumers.

"The BDA intends to take full advantage of the format’s high bandwidth and capacity to achieve the very highest possible quality 3D experience. Just as Blu-ray Disc has paved the way for next generation, high definition home entertainment, it will also set the standard for 3D home viewing in the future," said Blu-ray Disc Association global promotions committee chair Victor Matsuda.

The BDA, comprising major motion picture studio, IT and consumer electronics companies, is working on a uniform specification to ensure consistent delivery of 3D content across the Blu-ray Disc Platform. The Association is examining a number of criteria and at a minimum, the specification will require delivery of 1080p resolution to each eye and backward compatibility for both discs and players, meaning that 3D discs will also include a 2D version of the film that can be viewed on existing 2D players and 3D players will enable consumers to playback their existing libraries of 2D content.

"Consumer adoption of Blu-ray continues to grow at a very steady pace. The 3D theatrical market has been very successful this year. We are just now seeing all of the true capabilities of 3D and with Blu-ray Disc’s superior technical characteristics, as well as the broad industry support of the format, it makes it the ideal packaged media platform for 3D home entertainment," said Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment president Bob Chapek.

The current BDA efforts provide individual companies with the technical information and guidelines necessary to develop and announce products pursuant to their own internal planning cycles and timetables.

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