3D technology is getting closer to home with the development of a new set-top box system that will allow customers access 3D offerings from their cable or satellite TV provider.
The Nagra Media Guide for 3D, a Swiss digital-content-security company, and 3ality Digital, a Burbank, Calif., 3D company, will be shown at this week’s 3D Entertainment Summit in Los Angeles.
TV companies have been working out to develop 3D compatible TVs. But they are mostly used for games.
The 3D televisions rolling out now mostly require glasses, but they are a step up from anaglyph versions and provide crisper and more realistic pictures. However, some future televisions may display high-quality 3D even without glasses. Nagravision and 3ality say their technology will work with all types. That is important because engineers are still working on a standard for 3D programming in the home, and multiple formats currently exist.
Sandy Climan, chief executive of 3ality said, “There are many technical issues that have to be addressed to make the home experience what it needs to be.”