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Satellite Delivery Of 3D Television

September 16, 2009

As part of its Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems program, ESA is taking a practical step towards a new viewing experience: 3D television at home, delivered by satellite.

3D televisions and standard reception equipment are being set up at selected sites in Europe. Transmission of a continuous 3D channel began on 12 March 2009. The channel offers a range of program lengths and material, including sport, a short film and trailers, and events filmed in live 3D will be added.

The “ËœStereoscopic Broadcasting’ project, is conducted under the Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) program within ESA’s Directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications and is supporting European industry in the development and deployment of the system.

Two types of reception sites are being created: one mimics a home environment using longer content, while the other is a public venue with shorter content. A “Ëœhome site’ has been set up at ESTEC, ESA’s research and technology center in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.

The 3D channel is being transmitted from Eurobirdâ“¢ 9A, located at 9°E, on 11 747 MHz with horizontal polarization and a symbol rate of 27 500. Videos are transmitted in a modified side-by-side arrangement. To view them, a 3D-capable television and appropriate glasses are required.

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