September 16, 2009
Satellite Delivery Of 3D Television
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.
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 "Ëhome site' has been set up at ESTEC, ESA's research and technology center in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.
The 3D channel is being transmitted from EurobirdÃ¢“¢ 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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