"Since the invention of motion pictures, Hollywood has used technology as a way to bring in new audiences and increase revenue. Whether is was color film, widescreen, or surround sound, these technologies were used to draw in audiences who would otherwise spend their money on competing entertainment mediums. The next technology step for Hollywood is the move towards stereoscopic 3-D movies.
3-D movies are definitely not a new idea; just an idea that was always poorly executed. The older anaglyph method relies on use of red/blue glasses, and while inexpensive to implement, delivered a poor experience to the viewer. Later, steroscopic movies began using two simultaneous images of different perspective to give the allusion of 3-D. The results were far superior, but not many theaters were set up for such a presentation.
Over the past few years, Hollywood has stepped up to the plate and announced over 80 stereoscopic 3D movies, including James Cameron's 2009 film 'Avatar'. In response, movie theaters have been outfitting their facilities to be prepared for the upcoming onslaught of 3-D films. The next logical step, of course, is to bring these 3-D films into your home.
The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) has been actively looking into how the format can best serve the 3-D community. The two options on the table are to either pass the information via HDMI to the display to be processed, or have the player process the data and send it to the display. Obviously, if the second option is chosen, a new profile will have to be created to handle 3-D content.
That decision will likely depend heavily on what standard is used to standardize 3-D distribution. The other varying factor, is if a rival disc format tries to enter the battle for 3-D. Luckily, Blu-ray is well on its way to becoming a defacto video format, and has enough flexibility to adapt to the needs of a 3-D Hollywood."