You knew it was coming…the writing was on the wall as ESPN began touting their 3D channel, ESPN 3D. Of course, once they landed the contract to begin broadcasting Monday Night Football, the next step seemed quite logical – begin broadcasting it in 3D. And…that’s the news we have for you here. At the 3D Summit, an ESPN VP showed some video of sports fans watching 3D sports in local pubs. One fan was very enthusiastic: “My next TV purchase will be a 3D TV!” Seeing this kind of reaction obviously got ESPN all warm and fuzzy inside, as they look to increase their already dominant market share of the sports reporting world.
It will take a little while to take hold, as the 3D broadcasts of Monday Night Football won’t begin until 2014, but that can be seen as a positive. Many are still using 2D televisions, and giving things another couple of years to progress should help the adoption rate. Further, it will help the technology advance, ensuring that when they do begin these broadcasts, the visuals will be cutting edge.
We’ve already seen interest in 3D sports in the UK, so this news, while important, probably doesn’t shock anyone. I, for one, am a huge NFL fan, and think that watching the events in 3D will be killer. The only question now is whether or not the rest of the NFL fan base will feel the same. After seeing the reactions presented by ESPN at the 3D Summit, I think this one is a slam dunk…er…touchdown.
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Well, all that might just be changed soon by the Italian Broadcasters and Technology Consortium. So what are they trying to achieve? Well, basically they’re combining both the left and right 720p frames into a single 1080p broadcast frame. This is then transmitted in such a way that the 2d televisions only pick up one part of the frame, while the 3d televisions have access to both parts, and will then do their overlaying magic to give you your 3d broadcast.
While this “backward compatible” technology will save a lot of money, it also means that standard HDTVs (not 3D enabled), will only get half the image data streamed, essentially making it half the quality.
The technology is being looked into by the standards commissions, but it might be a while before we see it hit the mainstream.
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Most of the people do not watch 3D because they are not interested in the video games and animated features. You are not aware that there are 3D content available for everyone and this has been ensured by Penthouse. Penthouse has announced that they are preparing to launch a new channel of adult 3D. By the second quarter of 2011 this channel will be available for the US household. All kind of producers are involving themselves in creating this so that they can bring this to the market as soon as possible.
This has been in process since summer and now the Penthouse is able to finalize the launch date for the first 3D channel for adults. The adult programming shot in 3D and native high definition will be featured in this channel every month. The technological acumen, content delivery and filmmaking are the fields in which Penthouse is expert in.
The CEO of the FriendFinder networks Marc Bell said that to provide the perfect 3D production quality they have invested their best effort and they have started the shooting in 3D since the past summer. Penthouse is believe in giving excitement to the customers by the best 3D content and that is why Penthouse remained best compared to any other big branded companies of entertainment. They deliver 3D to their customer as per their taste.
Penthouse is already getting compliments for the HD channel of Penthouse that is quite successful over the past many years. They are delivering their network in more than fifteen countries and covering over thirty platforms till date. In the long term emerging and entertainment media Penthouse is known to be the leader and maintaining the same position from long time. There are no other companies available that can beat Penthouse in the entertainment network. With the available cutting edge technology there are more versions of Penthouse available for the people. So people will have more and more options to choose from the various versions.
The people are eagerly waiting for Penthouse to introduce the 3D channel to them.
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In the earlier days as there was not much content, same content was getting displayed again and again on the television. The viewing would continue for the 24 hours of the day and 7 days of the week.
The latest news from ESPN is that they are changing their timing of 3D channel from part time to full time. This does not guarantee us that the content of 3D viewing will increase initially they will start repeating the same content which they were showing before. The conversion of part time to full time will happen on 14th February. Full time programs will take some more time for ESPN Meanwhile we can wait for the college football season that was on 3D with national champion’s game. Currently these games are there in 3D and many people enjoy it.
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John Cassy, the director for Sky 3D, told the 3DTV World Forum in London that the media giant has huge plans regarding the expansion of 3D technology. The plan is to utilize the 3D channel to show customers that the company is paying attention, and wants to deliver 3D content to mass-markets much like they did with their HD expansion.
Sky 3D doesn’t plan on charging for the 3D channel for now, and believes that they’re giving back to loyal customers by offering up the service free of charge. The way Sky handled HD was flawless. They offered channels to their customers, and then began charging them a small extra fee to expand the broadcasts. They now have over 50 HD channels that customers can enjoy. This is the model that Cassy plans on using to expand the 3D market across the country.
With many considering the leap into the 3D realm, content (or lack of) is a huge reason why we aren’t seeing a faster adoption. Media giants like Sky can really help this movement by offering up a reason to get the technology into your living room. Not a bad plan, if you ask me…but you didn’t, so I’ll leave it on the table..
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As the 3D phenomenon continues to rage, it seems UFC has decided that they’d be the next organization to get into the mix. Broadcasting in 3D live from Louisville, KY Thursday night, the anticipated Sanchez/Kampmann battle will be the first attempt at delivering the Octagon action to enthusiasts at the next technological level.
Comcast’s recently unveiled Xfinity 3D channel will be one of the affiliates that will broadcast the 3D event nationally. Viewers will get the blow-by-blow action from a different announcement team, as Tood Harris (WEC) and Kevin Florian will be the broadcast team.
Elsewhere, Nascar plans on delivering their 3D invention, NASCAR 3D: The Imax Experience via 3net, another 3D-exclusive television network. Keifer Sutherland will narrate what seems to be another incredibly cool visual event. Be sure to check these out, as they mark the coming age for 3D TV!
There’s no telling if this trend will slow down. As 3D televisions hit living rooms across the world, it was only a matter of time until the heavy hitters began capitalizing on the technology. Be sure to tune in, as we figure out whether all of this is here to stay…
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Sky has announced their new 3D channel which will be in high definition (HD). There will be two different stations for both the types. They announced this at their press release.
Many people did not realized the new technology when they moved to HD so the transition to HD technology was easier for every manufacturers as well as for the customers by just looking at the picture quality but for 3D you need special kind of glasses for viewing it and these active shutter glasses are not easily affordable. Many big companies are investing their money and time on finding the cheaper option.
The first few programs will be sports related and the first channel to adopt it is ESPN. This year even Britain is ready for this experiment. US is still not ready for it as they are still getting used to HD technology.