3D Movie Titles on Apple TV?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by 6GenNANO, Nov 28, 2014.

  1. 6GenNANO, Nov 28, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2014

    6GenNANO macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2012
    I am just wondering if Apple TV supports 3D movies, if so where are they? If not, are there any plans to add 3D titles to iTunes & Netflix? Or will this be reserved for Apple TV 4?
  2. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    not there at all

    netflix does offer 3D, but only on a very limited number of titles, and it only works on a very small number of devices.
  3. priitv8 macrumors 68040

    Jan 13, 2011
    If you are willing to source your movies from other places rather than iTunes Store, the only working solution is to watch Over-Under or Side-By-Side (OU or SBS) encoded 3D movies. They are technically just 2D movies and utilise the 3D TV-set's capability to decode and present them in 3D. You obviously lose half of the resolution in one direction.
    There is no support for real (native) FullHD-3D formats in the whole Apple ecosystem.
  4. rjmurry macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2014
    If Apple were to introduce a 4k Apple TV product, in theory, would we be able to watch a full 1080p 3D movie if it was self sourced? (Assuming they were encoded at full resolution)
  5. priitv8, Nov 29, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2014

    priitv8 macrumors 68040

    Jan 13, 2011
    You need to understand the difference between a full-flavor 3D signal out of HDMI port (any 3D BluRay player or camera will do this) and the "3D workaround" whereby both eyes' frames are crammed onto a single 2D-movie frame (the OU and SBS represent one solution to this), be it 720p, 1080p or 4K.
    The workaround is in essence possible, because the total bitrate does not increase compared to 2D picture. For FullHD-3D, the total bitrate is doubled, obviously, because now 2 FullHD pictures need to be transmitted over HDMI in the same timeframe (24 times a second).
    So basically, as long as Apple keeps 3D HDMI output away from it's devices, we need to stick to workarounds.
    A 4K movie frame will allow both L and R full 1080p frames be "packed" inside single movie frame, so the answer to your original question is YES.

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