I’m sure that not everyone is fond of Golf as a sport, but this year you might be willing to watch the 2010 Masters Golf Tournament at least for a few hours a day. The reason for that is, because the tournament will be shot in 3D and then broadcasted on a special 3D TV channel and online. For that purpose the golf field will be equipped with multiple 3D cameras placed strategically throughout the course providing views to the audience just like being there, while they’ll be sitting comfortably in their homes. Unfortunately it seems that the live 3D broadcast will be distributed only to those in the United States with 3D-capable television sets or 3D-capable computers. It is still not known if the live online 3D feed will be accessible from outside USA, but if it isn’t people that have access to it will be more than welcome to record the stream and share it with other 3D enthusiasts around the world.
Unfortunately you won’t be able to watch the whole tournament in 3D, but still it should provide you with a good insight on what to expect from the future 3D TV broadcasts of sports and other type of live events. The 3D broadcasts will consist of two hours of live afternoon coverage that will be available each day beginning during Wednesday’s Par 3 Contest on April 7th (3-5 pm EST) and continuing throughout the four Tournament rounds, Thursday, April 8th – Sunday, April 11th (4-6 pm EST on Thursday and Friday and 5-7 pm EST on Saturday and Sunday).
More information on how to watch the live 3D stream online is available at the official website, but you’ll need to stay tuned and check back before the tournament starts for the exact streaming URL. The good news is that if you own a 3D Vision kit and a 120Hz monitor you’ll be able to watch the 3D stream either through the 3D Vision Video Player (the latest version 1.5.5 supports streaming 3D content) or through the Stereoscopic Player (even with other 3D setups… most likely). It seems that the broadcasted 3D TV stream will be in a Side by Side multiplexed 1080i format which is the standard for the new 3D-ready TV broadcasting as defined in the HDMI 1.4 specs. The exact format for the online broadcast still has not been officially announced, but it might as well be 720p to ensure better user experience and less problems with regards to internet speeds, and the format will be Side by Side with 16:9 aspect ratio.