Sony Taps RealD For 3D Expertise
Will incorporate specialized processing in sets, glasses
By Glen Dickson -- Broadcasting & Cable, 12/18/2009 9:50:21 AM
The deal includes Sony licensing the stereoscopic RealD Format, and its expertise in producing active and passive 3D eyewear and other RealD technologies. The pact with RealD is not surprising, as Sony has collaborated with the company on 3D technology in movie theaters for years. Sony also tapped RealD to supply its 3D display technology for live 3D HD broadcasts of an NFL game in December 2008 and of the college football BCS championship game last January, which was shown in select theaters nationwide.
"Sony has its proprietary LCD panel driving technology to reproduce full HD 3D images on the screen of new Bravia LCD TVs, which will work in sync with new 3D eyewear based on RealD's technology," said Sony Executive Deputy President Hiroshi Yoshioka in a statement. "We are excited to work with RealD in bringing 3D to the home."
"We are thrilled to partner with Sony on 3D eyewear and to integrate support for the RealD Format into Sony Bravia LCD TVs and other Sony products," says RealD Chairman and CEO Michael Lewis in a statement. "This collaboration enables the distribution of high-quality 3D content to Sony displays through the existing HD infrastructure, a vital element to the widespread adoption of 3D in the home."
Sony is one of several TV set manufacturers, including Panasonic and Vizio, which is expected to roll out 3D HD sets next year. Several high-profile demonstrations of 3D technology are expected to take place at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month.
3D HD technology took another step toward the living room yesterday as the Blu-ray Disc Association finalized a technical specification for recording 3D HD content onto Blu-ray optical discs. 3D HD Blu-ray players, which will be backward compatible with 2D Blu-ray discs and work with any 3D-compatible TV, are expected to hit the market next year.
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