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Sky Sports Will be Showing Live Formula 1 3D Broadcast

February 7th, 2013 · 1 Comment · General 3D News

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Sky 3D and Sky Sports F1 viewers will be able to watch live action from the Circuit de Catalunya on all four days of the test – the last before the 2013 F1 season starts in Australia – from 28 February to 3 March. This will probably be the first stereo 3D broadcast from Formula 1 and though it is not from the season races it can give a good idea what we might expect to see if Formula 1 gets full stereoscopic 3D coverage. The very fast moving Formula 1 cars and the big tracks can turn out to be a bit of a challenge for shooting in 3D, adding on top of that the various locations of the races all around the world and the different conditions they take place in probably will make it difficult to have a full season coverage in 3D for now. However watching Forluma 1 in 3D could as well turn out to be a better experience that with some other sports we’ve already seen broadcast in 3D that did not look any better or become more interesting. And while the 3D coverage of the final tests at the Circuit de Catalunya migh not be the most action packed Formula 1 experience as it is not an actual race, if the results of that broadcast turn out good for both Sky and the Formua 1 fans we could at least hope for a Season 2014 in 3D as we are for sure not going to get this years races broadcast in 3D.

Sky 3D is available at no extra cost to Sky customers with the Sky World package, the HD pack and a 3D TV. F1 will be the 14th sport to be broadcast in 3D by Sky. The coverage will be presented by Simon Lazenby with commentary from David Croft and special guests.

The unprecedented coverage of pre-season testing on Sky 3D and the dedicated Formula 1 channel Sky Sports F1 HD will include:

– LIVE 3D COVERAGE – Every day of the final test from 28 February-3 March from 2pm on Sky 3D – also available live on Sky Sports F1 channel in 2D.
– DAILY COVERAGE – Every day of every test including daily features of Ted’s Test Notebook and a programme airing at 9pm on Sky Sports F1 HD in 2D.
– LIVE COVERAGE – Daily live reports from every test on Sky Sports News HD and live reports from Ted Kravitz in episodes of the F1 Show on 22 February and 1 March in 2D.

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Are You Watching the Summer Olympic Games in London in 3D?

August 9th, 2012 · 17 Comments · General 3D News


There was a lot of hype surrounding the 3D coverage of the Summer Olympic Games in London this year and now that we are nearing the end of this sports event it is time to watch the big question – did you watch the games in 3D, or in 2D or at all? Prior to the games’ start Panasonic has announced that most of the people in US would have access to the Olympic Games in 3D format, in UK there is also good coverage available considering it is actually hosting the games, Australia was also keen on broadcasting the games in 3D. But what about the rest of the world, actually many people in different countries were happy to get to watch the games in HD, let alone dream about being able to get 3D broadcasts. The reality is that 3D TV channels and 3D broadcasts are still from being widely available besides a few of the major markets, but even in the big markets with 3D coverage available it seems that not that many people actually watched the 3D coverage. Of course taking into account that still only a little percentage of the people that are covered with 3D broadcasts have 3D-capable devices to watch on it is to be expected…

But what about you, did you have 3D coverage, have you watched the Olympic Games in 3D, did you like what you saw or on the contrary – you were not interested in the 3D coverage and watched them in 2D, or maybe you were not even interested in the games? Also what is your opinion about watching sports in 3D? There seem to be a lot of efforts going in the direction of promoting 3D coverage of sports events as something to drive the interest and demand for 3D devices, but the question is if it is really doing that or not? I wasn’t lucky enough to get access to local 3D broadcast of the Olympic Games, so I do hope that after they finish somebody will make a Blu-ray 3D with the opening and closing ceremonies as well as some of the best moments. Not that big sports fan either, though I’m keeping an eye on the games from time to time, but what abut you? Feel free to share your comments and feedback below.

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The Masters 2012 Golf Tournament Will be in Broadcasted 3D Again

April 2nd, 2012 · 11 Comments · General 3D News


It seems that this year, for a third consecutive year the Masters Golf Tournament will be broadcast in 3D, continuing the tradition that this event has started back in 2010, and successfully continued in 2011 as well. This year the event will again be broadcasted in 3D both online and on ESPN 3D (possibly on other 3D channels as well), there is already some information about the schedule of the 3D broadcasts – they will not cover the whole event.

The 3D broadcasts of the Masters 2012 Golf Tournament will begin on April 4th, the third practice day as the first practice day is today, and will continue until the last day of the tournament – April 8th. If you want to be able to watch the 3D coverage online, you will need a 3D capable computer with a 3D monitor and 3D glasses (not limited to specific 3D setups) along with a 3D media player with support for Windows Media Video and Side by Side 3D video format.


The 3D coverage will be available during the following windows:

– Wednesday 4 April 2012: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
– Thursday 5 April 2012: 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
– Friday 6 April 2012: 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
– Saturday 7 April 2012: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
– Sunday 8 April 2012: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The information listed above contains broadcast windows in Eastern Time (ET) in USA, the online 3D coverage may not be available worldwide or in some countries, there is no clear information on that yet, but make sure that you get the right time for your Time Zone. Probably the online stream will be rotating a recording during the rest of the time when there is no real-time online broadcast, but you should not rely on that.

For more information about the 3D broadcasts of the Masters 2012 Golf Tournament…

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