Skip to comments.BBC planning to broadcast 2012 Olympics in 3D and super hi-vision
Posted on 08/31/2011 2:38:21 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave
The BBC is considering broadcasting some events at next year's London Olympics using 3D and super hi-vision technology, said to be 16 times better than HDTV.
If you thought HDTV was of a quality hard to beat, then think again. Apparently the BBC believes there is something 16 times better, and the British broadcaster is considering using it at the London Olympics next year.
Its also planning to broadcast a number of events, including the mens 100 meters final, in 3D. Imagine that, the imposing figure of Usain Bolt storming down the track toward the camera (as long as he doesnt make a false start, of course).
Speaking recently at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, Roger Mosey, the executive responsible for the BBCs Olympic coverage, said that the corporation was also thinking about testing super hi-vision technology. According to a Guardian report, the technology is so advanced it is not expected to be in homes for a decade.
Super hi-vision broadcasts could be shown on large screens, around 15 meters (50ft) high, at various sites around the UK. Mosey said the quality is so good that spectators would feel as if they were actually inside the Olympic stadium.
Super hi-vision might be a better long-term prospect than 3D in some ways as it gives you the feel of being in the stadium. People are knocked out by it, he said.
According to Mosey, Japanese electronics company Sharp is developing a 215cm (85in) TV set incorporating super hi-vision technology, though it probably wont be widely available until 2022.
The BBC executive also explained that the 3D broadcasts at next years Games would be limited so as not to interrupt HD programming. It is fair to say there is a trade-off between 3D and HD. We dont want to damage the mass audience that watches HD with [too much] 3D, which is viewed by a minority.
Sports competitions broadcast in 3D using strategically placed cameras could certainly jazz things up a bit, with the javelin, shot put and hammer throw being three such events that may well have viewers around the world flinching in unison or watching nervously from behind cushions.
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When I was in college back in the 70s, a few of my roommates used to watch TV in super-hi vision.
The picture is just stunning. I watched the HD, widescreen version of Forbidden Planet on the TCM HD channel a few nights ago. Simply incredible.
So sharp you can see the grain of the film.
Here is a reduced size jpg still from the BR.
R.I.P Anne Francis
Should be able to see the salt content of the athletic sweat.
The very best Olympics I have ever seen was the one in Australia. I hope the Brits can do it even half as well and they will still do it right.
I thank the Heavenly father often that he made it so against what Obama wanted, and that was the Unions and thugs in his Chi-town to make it all a profit game.
And I have the same prayer that there will be no terrorist attack when it happens in England.
I always liked how Jim McKay covered the Olympics for ABC, I liked the coverage of the 1984 Summer Games and 1980 Winter Games. Time to fire up the 1982 Zenith. B-)