The Provision HD streamer has two HDMI ports output ports, one on the transmitter and one on the receiver. The 3D formats supported on these ports are different and the receiver HDMI output is more limited. Therefore if watching 3D content on a TV connected to the Receiver and a TV connected to the Transmitter at the same time the formats supported by the Receiver will be the limiting factor.
1. Formats supported by the receiver
The receiver supports the most common formats used by TV broadcasters and service providers (for example Sky and Virgin in the UK). These are 3D formats that fit into the typical resolutions and frame rates commonly used for 2D content and work by splitting the HD resolution image into two halves (one for each eye) and the TV must then then be configured to create the 3D image.
The supported formats include Side by Side and Top/Bottom modes in the following formats:
- 1080p 60/50
- 1080i 60/50
- 720p 60/50
2. Formats supported by the Transmitter
In addition to the formats supported by the Receiver when only using the HDMI output of the Transmitter several full 3D modes are supported. These formats are typically supported by 3D BluRay players which frame pack an image for each eye therefore effectively doubling the resolution (or frame rate) when compared to 2D content. The HD streamer supports the following frame packed 3D resolutions
- 720p 60/50