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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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The 2011 Masters Golf Tournament Broadcasted Online in 3D

April 8th, 2011 · 6 Comments · General 3D News


Last year’s Masters Golf Tournament has been broadcasted in 3D online and apparently they’ve decided to do it again this year, they’ve already started on 6th this month actually, but you still have the time to catch up until the last broadcast in Sunday. The video stream is in Windows Media format and the 3Dvideo is packed in Over/Under format, so you should be able to play it on a 3D-capable desktop PC or a 3D laptop directly, or even from a normal computer to a 3D HDTV if you have one.

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

Wednesday 6 April 2011: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 7 April 2011: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Friday 8 April 2011: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday 9 April 2011: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday 10 April 2011: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

And although the golf may not be the best sport that everyone likes, at least outside of the US, it is still something that you can check out of sheer curiosity just to see how the 3D works with sports broadcasts. I know I’ll be doing just that as I’m not that big fan of Golf, but I can say that I’ve played some and that I’m not very bad at it actually, so with some more time and training… who knows.

Here is the URL you need to open in the 3D Vision Video Player, the Stereoscopic Player or any other compatible with the MMS streaming protocol player in order to get the streaming 3D video content from the 2011 Masters Golf Tournament:

mms://a1980.l858434369.c8584.g.lm.akamaistream.net/D/1980/8584/v0001/reflector:34369

And you are of course welcome to share your feedback in the comments below, is it working for you, how well does it work, do you like what you see, what do you think about sports in 3D in general and golf in 3D more specifically and so on…

For more information on the 3D Online streaming feed of the Masters Golf Tournament…

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