BBC Unveils Plans for Non-Sport 3D Broadcasts

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This summer, BBC1’s Planet Dinosaur and the Last Night of the Proms will be broadcast for the first time in 3D on the BBC’s HD Channel.
These two events join select coverage of Wimbledon and the Olympics in a Summer of 3D, part of the BBC’s two-year trial with 3D production and distribution.
Planet Dinosaur 3D, scheduled to broadcast in August 2012 will recreate the lost world of dinosaurs in a ground-breaking stereoscopic production. Then, on 8 September 2012, the BBC will broadcast the Last Night of the Proms in 3D. Eight specialist cameras “will give audiences at home the best seats in the house and provide an immersive experience. With key camera positions in front of the conductor, and a remote camera within the orchestra that rotates to 180 degrees and can pan and tilt, audiences will feel that they are actually in the orchestra, with a 3D view of every individual instrument.”
Kim Shillinglaw, Head of BBC 3D, says: “Wimbledon and the London 2012 Olympics provide a test-bed for what works around major sporting events, but we were keen to build our experience across a selection of genres. Bringing Planet Dinosaur and The Last Night of the Proms to audiences enable us to test the technology across various genres and establish where 3D really enhances the viewers’ experience.”
The free-to-air broadcast of these events will be available to anyone who has access to a 3D TV set and the BBC HD Channel, regardless of which digital TV provider they use.
As the BBC unveils more 3D broadcasts, will this technology ever surpass 2D?
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