For those with 3D TVs, Nine are offering a trial 3D channel offering daily London 2012 Olympic highlights in 3D, which run from 11am daily during the Olympics. The trial 3D channel can be seen on FreeView channel 95, and is available to viewers in selected areas over the course of the Olympics July 28-August 13, 2012. Continue reading »
Nine have now provided details of their 3D coverage of The London 2012 Olympic Games. Press release follows.
The Nine Network 3D Olympic Trial channel will be available from July 28 on digital channel 95. Continue reading »
But before owners of 3D TVs get too excited, the 3D coverage of the Olympics Games will be limited to a 6 hour highlights package, aired between 10am and 4pm daily during the Games.
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Sunday April 8 – Sunday April 15, Airing exclusively on FOXTEL’S 3D Channel 201 (no – not the movie – you have to go to the movies for that!)
The History Channel, together with FOXTEL’s 3D Channel, will provide viewers with a whole new dimension to the world’s most famous shipwreck when it airs the groundbreaking new 3D special TITANIC IN 3D from Sunday, April 8.
Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking on Sunday, April 15, 1912 TITANIC IN 3D will rediscover the famous Titanic wreck and bring viewers closer than ever before, in a truly astounding and immersive expedition.
Produced by The History Channel and airing exclusively on FOXTEL’s 3D Channel 201 from Sunday, April 8, TITANIC IN 3D will use advance sonar technology and cutting edge 3D cameras to deliver real time images two-and-a-half miles down to the ocean floor, revealing startling new details.
Crisscrossing 15 square metres of the wreck site, the 3D cameras will film never-before-seen sections of the Titanic. It is these astonishing new dimensions that have helped experts piece together stories from those who survived – and those who did not.
TITANIC IN 3D is the most extensive survey of the site ever undertaken and will help answer the 100 year old question of how the once proud ship became a mass of twisted steel on the bottom of the Atlantic.
TITANIC IN 3D is available to all FOXTEL iQHD subscribers. Subscribers will also need a 3D capable TV in order to enjoy the full 3D experience.
TITANIC IN 3D
Airs on 3D Channel 201 Sunday, April 8 through to Sunday, April 15
Session times 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:30pm, 10:30pm, and 11:30pm
Nine have applied for approval from ACMA and Senator Stephen Conroy to run a stand alone 3D channel during the 2012 London Olympics. Approval is needed, as the 3D channel is essentially a second HD channel, requiring extra bandwidth.
The possibility of a 3D broadcast for the 2012 Olympics was first reported here.
It is proposed the channel would run from 11am – 4pm daily during the Olympics and provide highlights of the competition.
The highlights package will most likely draw upon the same package being offered in the UK. UK Olympic rights holder BBC are offering a daily 3D highlights package as well as 3D coverage of a very selected number of live events during the Games.
Nine’s 3D channel will again most likely appear on freeview channel 40, like the 3D trials in 2010 did for the Soccer World Cup and State Of Origin Rugby League Series that year.
If approved, it will most likely only air in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Newcastle, and there is no word if any of this content will also be seen on Foxtel’s permanent 3D channel, 201 for IQ-HD subscribers.
Rumours are surfacing that Nine will be offering multi channel coverage of the London 2012 Olympics when the event kicks off late July this year, including the possibilty of 3D broadcasts.
If the rumours prove to be true, this would be the first time that an Olympic Games has been covered in a multi channel envoronment on free to air television in Australia.
In 2008, when Seven broadcast the Beijing 2008 Olympics, months before the networks were allowed to offer digital secondary channels, the coverage was single channel only, simulcast in HD on the then 7HD channel.
The minimum we should expect from Nine is that the London 2012 Olympics will be simulcast in HD on their HD channel GEM. Should the network opt to provide regular programming during the Olympics on its digital channels, the viewer backlash could severely hurt Nine’s brand.
But, if Nine provide three channels of Olympic Games coverage this year – using the main channel Nine, and digitals GO! and GEM, the network would enjoy significant positive viewer feedback and long term flow on effects that could help the network topple Seven by winning the 2012 ratings year.
Should there be a free to air 3D broadcast, we may see the revival of the trail 3D channel 40, last used in 2010 for State Of Origin, Soccer World Cup and AFL Grand Final broadcasts.
For the now small percentage of viewers who do not yet have digital TV (less than 10%), anit-suphoning laws will guarantee most major events featuring Australian competitors, as well as the opeing and closing ceremonies, will still be seen on Nine’s main channel. The digitals would offer supplementary coverage, giving free to air viewers a much broader choice of events to watch.
Meanwhile, Foxtel are now heavily promoting their 2012 Olympics package which offers 8 distinct dedicated HD channels for the event. Promotions on Foxtel include a daily countdown of the number of days until London 2012 (204 as of January 5, 2012).
Nine are yet to release detailed broadcast information relating to the 2012 Olympics.
The Olympic Games for 2012 run from July 27 to August 12, 2012.
FOX SPORTS today announced that it will provide 3D coverage of the final two hours of play from each round of the 2011 US Masters from Augusta National Golf Club commencing tomorrow.
Delayed coverage of the final two hours of play on all four days of action will be available in 3D on FOXTEL 3D Channel 201 as an extension to the main coverage of the tournament screening on FOX SPORTS HD and SD channels from 11.30am tomorrow on FOX SPORTS 2HD and FOX SPORTS 2.
FOX SPORTS 3D coverage of the US Masters will screen from 4pm AEST each day during the tournament, showcasing the action from the final two hours of play from each round. The coverage will provide viewers with real perspective of the undulating famed Augusta fairways and greens that challenge the world’s best players to produce their best golf in the pressure cooker environment of the year’s first major championship.
The 3D coverage will be available to FOXTEL customers with a FOXTEL iQHD set-top-unit, who also subscribe to the Sports Package and have a 3D capable TV. Repeat broadcasts of each days coverage will be available at 6pm AEST and 8pm AEST.
This will mark the second occasion that FOX SPORTS has provided 3D coverage of golf, after screening LIVE 3D coverage of the final two rounds of this year’s Sony Open from Hawaii in January. This followed last year’s historic 3D coverage of football (Socceroos v New Zealand) and tennis (2010 French Open Women’s Final and 2010 US OPEN Men’s & Women’s Singles Finals).
FOX SPORTS 3D coverage details for the 2011 US Masters (available on FOXTEL 3D Channel 201):
Friday, April 8
4.00pm to 6.00pm (AEST) – Delayed broadcast of the final two hours of play from the opening round at Augusta National
Saturday, April 9
4.00pm to 6.00pm (AEST) – Delayed broadcast of the final two hours of play from the second round at Augusta National
Sunday, April 10
4.00pm to 6.00pm (AEST) – Delayed broadcast of the final two hours of play from the third round at Augusta National
Monday, April 11
4.00pm to 6.00pm (AEST) – Delayed broadcast of the final two hours of play from the final round at Augusta National
*Replays of the 3D coverage will screen on FOXTEL 3D Channel 201 from 6.00pm-8.00pm and 8.00pm-10.00pm on each day of the tournament.
FOXTEL subscribers can choose to watch Disney’s futuristic adventure movie TRON: LEGACY in 3D, High Definition or Standard Definition formats when the film makes its premiere on FOXTEL On Demand on Wednesday, April 20 – the same day it is released on DVD.
FOXTEL subscribers won’t have to leave home to see TRON: LEGACY, the ultimate action-packed sequel to the 1982 sci-fi classic, produced by the original’s director Steven Lisberger.
FOXTEL iQHD subscribers can watch TRON: LEGACY in immersive 3D, simply by using their remote control to order the film and then view instantly On Demand.
The film, which comes to life in stunning 3D, tells a father-son story about rebellious 27-year-old Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) who is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges – returning from the original TRON film) some 20 years earlier, when he was hailed as the world’s most innovative tech visionary.
To watch TRON: LEGACY 3D, FOXTEL subscribers will need to have a FOXTEL iQHD set-top-box connected via a HDMI cable to a 3D capable TV. Subscribers will also need to change the mode on their 3D capable TV to “Side-by-Side” 3D mode, and use their 3D Glasses supplied with their 3D television.
TRON: LEGACY 3D will be available on the FOXTEL On Demand service for $7.00 (48-hour rental).
TRON: LEGACY will also be available to view in standard definition and high definition formats on the FOXTEL On Demand services.
A multi-year deal has been announced today which will see Wimbledon broadcast in 3D around the world.
Sony and the All England Lawn Tennis Club have formed a partnership that will see the annual Grand Slam tournament shot in 3D and screened in cinemas around the world.
The 3D content will also be made available to broadcasters although it looks likely that seeing as the BBC is the host broadcaster and must provide terrestrial coverage, the 3D coverage will not be available on the UK’s only 3D channel Sky3D.
“We are delighted that our 3D partnership with Sony will not only guarantee we are at the cutting edge of live sporting television, but also deliver a compelling new viewing experience for our global audiences, especially among our younger supporters,” said Ian Ritchie, chief executive of the All England Lawn Tennis Club.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
The Australian Communications and Media Authority today announced it has concluded its review of 3D TV trials and will continue to consider authorising trials of emerging technologies using the currently unassigned digital television channels until the end of 2011.
The ACMA has set out its approach to further trials to assist broadcasters and the community to understand the conditions under which these trials may be conducted.
‘The ACMA has a unique opportunity to provide access to valuable UHF spectrum that will only be available for a short period of time during the switchover from analog to digital television,’ said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman.
‘Recent 3D TV trials have helped pioneer a new form of broadcasting in Australia and internationally. Providing appropriate safeguards are in place to protect consumers’ interests, the ACMA will continue to facilitate industry’s deployment of 3D TV and other evolving technologies in the period to the end of 2011.
‘The ACMA also decided that any further trials must be of a short duration, and broadcasters will be required to give the ACMA undertakings on measures that will assist consumers to understand that trial broadcasts are temporary and will only be available in a limited number of locations.’
Later in 2011, the ACMA will review its approach to the use of temporary spectrum, as the requirements for the restacking of existing television channels become clearer and the opportunity to use these vacant channels begins to close.
In September last year the ACMA released a discussion paper, Temporary trials of 3D TV and other emerging technologies, which called for comment on a range of matters associated with trials of new technology, including spectrum allocation and consumer issues.
The ACMA considered responses to the discussion paper, reports from broadcasters on previous 3D TV trials earlier in the year, and other information of the evolution of 3D TV from both Australian and international sources.
It concluded that further trials of 3D TV could provide broadcasters with valuable information concerning this new technology, but that additional safeguards were needed to manage consumer expectations about the continuing availability of 3D broadcasts.
The ACMA website has been updated, with a new section on 3D TV setting out the ACMA approach to further trials. The responses the ACMA received to the discussion paper can also be accessed through this page.