TiVo jumps on the 3D bandwagon


    TiVo is the latest in a long line of manufacturers to catch the 3D bug, announcing today they will support 3D channels. If you live in a major city, you may be getting a 3D channel right night, try rescanning your channels. The TiVo is capable of interpreting this channel and doing the pass-through to your 3D enabled TV.

    Hybrid TV, creators of TiVo in Australia say that if you don’t have a 3DTV yet, you can record the shows to your TV now and watch them back when you do. A nice idea, but given most people won’t replace their HDTV for a few years, you’ll need a lot of storage to hold all your 3D.

    If you are one of the ‘lucky’ ones with a 3D TV and live in a major city that’s getting 3D, then you can watch the State of Origin tonight in 3D. With TiVo you can record it and show it off to your friends later, after all there’s not a lot of other 3D content around to demo your 3DTV.


    For those without a 3DTV the channel is still viewable and looks like this. The 3DTV would take the left side of the image, un-squash it to the full 1920×1080 image, then follow that frame with the right side of the image. Showing one frame after the other and pairing that with appropriate glasses will give the appearance of 3D. This technique should mean that recording 3D shows on your TiVo requires the same storage as a normal show, the smarts is done by the TV, rather than more data being sent in the broadcast over-the-air stream.

    Jason Cartwright
    Jason Cartwright
    Creator of techAU, Jason has spent the dozen+ years covering technology in Australia and around the world. Bringing a background in multimedia and passion for technology to the job, Cartwright delivers detailed product reviews, event coverage and industry news on a daily basis. Disclaimer: Tesla Shareholder from 20/01/2021

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