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July 7, 2009

RNIB get into the 3D TV debate


by David Allen

The Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB) is getting involved in the debate on whether or not 3D TV should be standardised.

The UK’s broadcasters are not all on the same page when it comes to how 3D TV could be rolled out as currently there is BSkyB’s version which can use the Sky+ HDTV set top box and current infrastructure, or there is the full resolution per eye standard, both of which work although Sky’s proposal would be the quicker route for bringing the technology to market.

However, it is the same old VHS versus Betamax competition with room for only one standard and the RNIB is concerned that the introduction of 3D TV could mean that many viewers with sight problems are unable to watch TV at all.

This is why the RNIB is calling for national and international standards to be set.

Should 3D TV go ahead without any standards in place, the RNIB estimates that over 200,000 blind and partially sighted viewers would be affected.

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