While there is a lot of academic interest in various aspects of the overall system, service providers and the consumers ultimately tend to take a system-level view. While service providers do, to an extent, take a constructionist bottom-up view to
deploy the technological building blocks (such as encoders, encapsulators, IRDs [Integrated Receiver/Decoders], set-top boxes, and so on), 3DTV stakeholders need to consider the overall architectural system-level view of what it will take to deploy an infrastructure that is able to reliably and cost-effectively deliver a commercial-grade quality bundle of multiple 3DTV content channels to paying customers with high expectations. This text, therefore, takes such a system-level view, namely how to actually deploy the technology. Figure 1.11 depicts the 3DTV distribution ecosystem that this text addresses.