Ultra HD 3D Movies aren’t going to be hitting the new Blu-ray 4K format
Stephan Jukic – January 27, 2015
The Blu-ray Disc Association has hammered one more nail into the coffin of 3D movie entertainment. Based on a recently leaked Powerpoint slide from an organization meeting, it seems that the finalized specs for the new line of 4K Blu-ray discs that are going to emerge later this year won’t be designed to transfer 3D in UHD resolution.
However, other parts of the slide do indicate some otherwise great news for the new 4K discs.
The leaked image was first posted by Japanese technology website AV Watch and indicates that the upcoming Blu-ray disc format and all media which support it will be able to handle ultra HD content up to a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels and will do so at frame rates of up to 60 fps.
Furthermore, the discs and their media players will support much wider color gamuts than what’s currently available with Blu-ray: the specific specs indicate BT2020 color space and 10-bit color depth. We can also look forward to a peak video bit-rate performance of 100Mbps.
All of these details are excellent as far as normal 4K media go and they should bring some truly smooth, high quality entertainment to the homes of those who buy the new 4K Blu-ray players and discs when they go on sale, but, for those who love 3D viewing at home, at least according to the leaked document slide, there simply isn’t any mention of 3D being available in ultra HD resolution.
Of course, a lack of mention in a single slide doesn’t constitute hard proof of anything but it certainly is suggestive and all the more so when we consider the problems that 3DTV has faced since it was pushed on consumers a few years ago.
Almost since its arrival, 3D has shown itself to be a weak selling point for home entertainment and so far is looking like it will definitely go the way of the dodo.
However, for those few fans of 3D who still cling to the technology, the Blu-ray rumors sparked by the leaked Powerpoint certainly could be cause for more worry.
They indicate that users of the 4K Blu-ray discs will basically be given a choice between watching movies in 4K at 2D settings or getting to enjoy 3D in the movies it’s available for only at Full HD resolution. This still isn’t a bad compromise but it’s a far cry from the full UHD immersion that a lot of 4K TVs are designed for given their own internal 3DTV capabilities and even the inclusion of 3D glasses with some models.
Oddly, the HDMI 2.0 that most newer 4K TVs come with –which the new generation of Blu-ray players will certainly also include—is more than capable of handling the needed bandwidth for transferring 4K and 3D at the same time between media player and UHD TV. However, the declining overall popularity of the 3D format and the need to wear silly glasses while enjoying it is likely what contributed to the 3D exclusion for Blu-ray, assuming that it’s true to begin with.
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