BBC Publishes Stereoscopic 3D Vision Statement as part of BBC Technology Strategy Vision Statements:
“The BBC will be responsive to possible changes in the Stereoscopic 3D landscape and explore the opportunities it offers programmes and audiences.
To protect the BBC’s position as a world leader for programme production and innovation the BBC will investigate, the technology challenges S3D produces through a series of trials. The BBC will also help to drive the setting of standards and workflows that are needed to successfully deliver S3D.
S3D is a consumer display manufacturer driven technology. Much of the current hype has come from the success of recent movie titles and the
imminent release of these on Blu-Ray.
There is no standardisation of the technologies for acquisition, post production, contribution or distribution of S3D. This approach is likely to suit a smaller but better funded number of players in the movie industry. Within the broader, more diverse and often less well funded television
making community a lack of standardisation would be a more significant issue; not just for S3D as a format but also in financial terms for the
producers and commissioning broadcasters.
The BBC has stated publicly that it will not be investing in S3D programme making but intends to continue to investigate via limited trials and
commercially available equipment.
The BBC will also take an active role in standards bodies and with manufacturers to ensure there is simple and affordable technology in place if and when programmes are required in S3D. Note: this strategy is expected to have a limited life (estimated until mid-2012). It is anticipated that at this point either a full BBC S3D programme strategy will be developed or the current S3D standards fail to deliver / take off. The S3D strategy ASSUMES the source is HD and is totally dependent on an integrated BBC HD strategy being implemented (as per the HD Tech Strategy).”
The Technology Strategy Vision Statements can be seen here.