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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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A Second DVB-3DTV Delivery System Has Been Approved

October 22nd, 2011 · 2 Comments · General 3D News

The DVB Steering Board has announced the approval of the Commercial Requirements for a second DVB 3DTV delivery system. Termed “Service Compatible”, the second system is a solution required by content deliverers that enables the 2D and 3D versions of a programme to be broadcast within the same video signal, so that new 3D televisions and next-generation STBs can receive high 3D programmes, while consumers with existing 2D HDTV receivers and set-top boxes can watch a high-quality 2D version. This 2D picture will probably be either the left or right frame of the 3D “stereo pair”.

Earlier this year, in February, the DVB Steering Board has approved the specification for a first phase DVB 3DTV delivery system (Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Frame Compatible Plano-Stereoscopic 3DTV (DVB-3DTV) BlueBook). This system was developed for broadcasters and content deliverers needing a system that works with the already existing HDTV receivers, provided they are used together with a compatible 3D display. This approach, termed “Frame Compatible”, is now a principal system in use for DVB 3DTV delivery throughout the world when talking about 3D TV channels. However the level of quality provided by this “compatibility” solution for 3D TV channels could be further improved using a new standard and new hardware providing better image quality and higher resolution.

For convenience, this second approach is termed DVB-3DTV “Phase 2a”. The Commercial Requirements should shortly be available as a “BlueBook” on the DVB website for everyone interested in more details. The DVB Technical Module has been asked to complete the preparation of the specification for Phase 2a before the end of summer 2012. Phase 2a will provide additional opportunities for 3DTV services, complementing the first specification, which is referred to now for convenience as 3DTV Phase 1. The DVB is also taking into account the requirements of content deliverers wanting to continue the use of a Phase 1 signal, but wish to provide additional information to improve the image quality for those with “new” receivers. This may result is a Phase 2b specification in due time.

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Stereo 3D Television Broadcasts and 3D HDTV Compatibility Issues

December 10th, 2010 · 10 Comments · General 3D News

Neil Schneider from MTBS3D has pointed out something quite interesting, regarding the upcoming Hockey Night in Canada that will be broadcasted in stereo 3D too. Namely the fact that the broadcast will be in Side by Side format, but not all of the 3D HDTVs out there have the option to activate the stereoscopic 3D mode (automatically or manually) if the currently selected video input is not an HDMI one. And as you probably know HDMI output is a more recent addition to the Set-Top-Boxes, so older models will most likely be only equipped with analog Composite or Component video outputs and yo might not be able to activate the 3D mode due to that fact if your TV set only supports 3D over HDMI. You can of course choose to get a replacement unit that has an HDMI output if you have a broadcast that is going to be in 3D and want to be able to watch it, but what will happen if you figure it out at the last moment and you have no time to make things work. Another possible issue can be present even if you have a newer Set-Top-Box that does have HDMI output, but you haven’t been using that as the image quality seems the same even over the Component connection and you don’t have an HDMI cable handy. But you can much easily go out and quickly find an HDMI cable in the nearest electronics shop and thus solve the possible issue you may encounter with this.

So here comes a question and something that I want to ask owners of 3D-capable television sets to try on their devices, so that we can help other users that may be facing the issue described above as well as maybe even help 3D HDTV manufacturers to consider fixing that issue where it is present with a system software update for their products. So do try to activate the 3D mode in Side by Side or Over/Under mode manually when you switch the TV to use input from a connector other than any of the HDMI ports available – try the component, composite, SCART if you have them present and report your findings in the comments below. Please provide the brand and the model of the 3D TV you have and if you could activate manually the 3D mode or not…

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