HDMI Licensing, LLC, the agent responsible for licensing the High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) specification, has announced plans to add an additional 3D format to the HDMI specification.
In order to respond to recent input from the industry, the HDMI Consortium will meet in late January 2010 to add an additional 3D format (tentatively named "Top/Bottom") to the HDMI specification, supporting the use of this format over HDMI. The Consortium is expected to resolve this issue in January 2010 and publishing a document soon thereafter.
In order to meet the needs of the market, the HDMI Founders have decided
to allow legacy set-top boxes to use formats contained in Appendix H without
having to implement the HDMI specification?s mandatory 3D formats,
provided that they fully comply with the signaling protocol defined in
Appendix H. This will continue to be in effect and will be reevaluated once a mandatory 3D broadcast format is defined, the Consortium added.
However, legacy set-top boxes that do not support the mandatory 3D formats may not claim 3D functionality as defined by the updated HDMI Adopted Trademark and Logo Usage Guidelines.
"As a leading global standard for HD connectivity, the HDMI Consortium takes the market?s needs very seriously," says Steve Venuti, president of HDMI Licensing, LLC. "3D is a nascent market and thus continues to evolve quickly. We have taken input from leading industry associations and this announcement reflects the HDMI Founders? commitment to
continuously and proactively set the foundation for innovations that will deliver the next generation of content. The addition of the new format will secure the application of 3D for broadcasting, in addition to the existing applications for Blu-ray and gaming."