BBC Considers Carrying 2012 Olympics in 3D

LONDON:The BBC may carry portions of the 2012 Olympic Games in 3D, the Guardianis reporting. Roger Mosey, director of the BBC’s Olympics coverage, said the broadcaster was considering new technologies for the event. Mosey revealed the Beeb’s plan at IBC in Amsterdam.

“We could, and I believe should, capture some of the games in 3D,” Mosey said at IBC, according to several reports. “Nobody would expect the games of 2012 to be comprehensively in 3D because the technology will be nothing like widespread enough; but it would be a shame not to have any images of London that were part of an experiment with what will be one of the next big waves of change.”

Not having at least some of the coverage in HD would be a “major gap in the archive” he said. He also mentioned the deployment of super hi-def cameras.

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More coverage of 3DTV from TVB:
September 10, 2009: “NEP Unveils 3D Super Shooter”
Mobile TV production specialist NEP is rolling out its first 3D truck, the company said. Its new Supershooter 3D was created by NEP Broadcasting and Pace, which contributed the Fusion 3D system developed by Vincent Pace and Director James Cameron.

September 2, 2009: “Sony Announces 3D Home Initiative
Sony announced this week that it plans to introduce a consumer-ready 3D TV set next year, as well as build 3D capability into many of its consumer electronics, encompassing music, movies and video games.

July 30, 2009: “3DTV Launch Set for 2010”
BSkyB now plans to launch its 3D channel next year according to British sources. The satellite TV provider successfully delivered 3D content over its hi-def infrastructure earlier this year.

July 22, 2009
: “Industry Forging Ahead with 3D Amid Questions”
“Some members fear de facto, non-open standards, for first-generation broadcast 3DTV will result from the technology decisions made by first providers. These are likely to be pay-TV operators, keen to differentiate their platform and consumer proposition. Technology decisions made by these players may not suit the current or future needs of free-to-air broadcasters.”

April 6, 2009: “Live 3DTV Debuts in United Kingdom”
BSkyB successfully transmitted live 3DTV across it’s systems in the United Kingdom. The satellite TV provider telecast a live transmission of a performance by the band Keane from London’s Abbey Road studios Thursday, April 2.

March 9, 2009
: “More 3DTV Developments
BSkyB continues plowing toward 3DTV, with a goal to offer it by the end of the year. Digital Spyreports that the chief Sky engineer said recently the plan was still on track to transmit 3D video content via the system’s existing HD infrastructure and set-top boxes.