Raise your glasses to 3D-TV
23 June 2010

3D television broadcasting began, delegates of the 3D Masters Conference in London this month were told, in April 2010, as a service to ‘bars and clubs’ in the UK by BSkyB. The service was called ‘alco-stereoscopic’. Two glasses were needed – one for your eyes, and one in your hand. This was not the only fact about 3D-TV emerging from the conference.

 

An update on 3D-TV

 

In May 2010, Orange TV began a public 3D-TV channel on its IPTV services in France, kicking off with Roland Garros. They offer space to any other French broadcaster with 3D content.

 

At about the same time, The Netherlands Cable Company, UPC,. provided some 3D programmes by cable. One noteworthy programme was a ‘political debate’, which was apparently well enjoyed by the (sic) four homes in The Netherlands that could receive and display it.

 

In June 2010, BSkyB began its permanent 3D-TV channel by satellite, and it is available now to Sky subscribers free of charge on Sky channel 217. BSkyB accepts well made 2D to 3D conversions but prefers 3D shot material. They have published guidelines for 3D programme production to minimize eye discomfort.

 

They have all used the 1080i/25 SbS system.

 

The BBC announced they were currently analysing public reactions to 3D-TV. But they will be transmitting the Olympic Games in 2012 in 3D. You can’t wait to see the javelin throwing in 3D?

 

The EBU’s 3D-TV group was announced in February 2010.

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