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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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80% of U.S. Households With Access to the Olympic Games in 3D

July 21st, 2012 · 5 Comments · General 3D News

NBC Olympics and Panasonic Corporation of North America have announced that the 3D coverage of the Olympic Games in London, starting in a few days (27th of July), will be available to subscribers of MVPD’s (multichannel video programming distributors) representing nearly 80% of U.S. TV households. The daily 3D programming, which will be shown on next-day delay (due to the time difference), will be carried by many cable, satellite and telco providers such as such as Armstrong, AT&T, Blue Ridge, Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications, DIRECTV, Insight, Mediacom, RCN, Suddenlink, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, and WideOpen West.

“We are pleased that nearly 80 percent of U.S. TV households will receive the incomparable clarity and performance of the first-ever 3D production of the Olympic Games,” said Joseph M. Taylor, Chairman & CEO, Panasonic Corporation of North America. “Panasonic’s 3D technology and NBC Olympics’ superb, moment-by-moment coverage of the Games will make the events more engaging to viewers as they watch their favorite athletes compete.”

The 3D broadcasts will be produced by Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) and will include some of the most-anticipated events of the Games, including:

– Opening and Closing Ceremonies
– Men’s and Women’s gymnastics
– Extensive coverage from the Aquatic Center, including both diving and swimming
– Bicycle racing (cycling) from the Velodrome
– Full coverage of track & field from the Olympic Stadium

NBC Olympics will provide 12 hours of U.S.-oriented 3D programming every day, introduced by Bob Costas and featuring both competitive highlights from the previous day as well as the best moments of the Games to-date. Olympic Broadcasting Services will capture the Games using Panasonic’s 3D production technologies and fully-integrated twin-lens Full HD 3D camera recorder products.

Now, with all that said, 80% of the US household having access to the 3D coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games does not mean that all of them will be watching the Olympic Games in stereoscopic 3D format. The simple reason for being that a much lower percentage of the covered households already have 3D-capable displays to watch the content in 3D on. Still the fact that the Olympic Games will be broadcasted in 3D could be a reason for a lot of people to finally jump on the 3D bandwagon, or at least that is what companies like Panasonic probably hope to achieve. So far there has been a lot of effort put on promoting sports in 3D as a driving force for 3D HDTV adoption, though that hasn’t proven very successful, but still the hopes for the Olympic Games are quite high… we’ll have to wait at least until the finish of the games to see the results.

Visit the official London 2012 Olympic Games website for more information…

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GamerLive.TV Providing Stereoscopic 3D Video Coverage from E3 Expo

June 6th, 2011 · No Comments · General 3D News

E3 is here and this year we are going to be getting a 3D broadcast of news and updates from the E3 2011 conference in stereoscopic 3D format on YouTube for 3D Vision users thanks to GamerLive.TV. E3 Expo (June 7-9, 2011, Los Angeles Convention Center) is the premier annual trade show for the computer and video games industry, used by many game and hardware developers to showcase new titles and game-related gear.

GamerLive.TV is expected to issue more than 50 high-quality 3D videos (there are already a few available) of the latest E3 news, including game launches, booth demos, 3D game captures, celebrity interviews, Expo events, and VIP parties. It should also post exclusive interviews with game developers, including representatives from Activision, Capcom, Disney, Electronic Arts, Sega, THQ, and Ubisoft.

If you want to watch the YouTube 3D video coverage with 3D Vision you will need to have a 3D Vision-equipped PC or notebook, the latest GeForce drivers (version 275 or above), as well as Firefox version 4, which includes support for HTML5 video streaming. And of course you will be able to watch the 3D videos on YouTube with all other traditional formats we have for a while, and not only with the recently introduced HTML5 and 3D Vision support.

P.S. Unfortunately Microsoft did not confirm the rumors that the Xbox 360 will get official stereoscopic 3D support via a firmware update, so no announcement about official S3D support yet… the Microsoft E3 keynote was all about Kinect.

For the Live 3D Video Coverage of the E3 Expo coming from GamerLive.TV…

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