Saturday, January 30, 2010

Red Devils vs Gunners in 3D

Tomorrow's Arsenal vs Man United EPL match will be broadcast in 3D.

Alas, you will have to be in the United Kingdom - and only in selected pubs - to be able to catch the action in 3D.

According to www.whathifi.com, as a precursor to the launch of 3D TV, Sky will broadcast the much-awaited match in 3D at selected pubs around UK.

The Premier League match will be filmed in 3D and broadcast in nine pubs located in London, Manchester, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Dublin. They've been kitted out with some of the first 3D-Ready TV sets in the country, supplied by LG, whathifi.com reported.

But Sky is not releasing details of exactly which pubs will show the game in 3D as "we need to manage demand and ensure the pubs' regulars get to see the match," says a Sky spokeswoman.

LG's 47in LD920 TVs will be used for Sunday's 3D broadcast, and customers will be supplied with passive glasses to view it. The LD920 3D TV will be on sale in the UK from April.

"LG is committed to making high-quality TV more accessible and this initiative with Sky does just that," says Stephen Gater, head of marketing, home entertainment LG UK.

As 3D TVs become more widely available, Sky will roll out its 3D channel to hundreds more pubs from April.

Sunday's game at the Emirates Stadium will be covered in two feeds, one for Sky's HD channel, one for the 3D one. Eight specially-engineered 3D camera rigs will house 16 of Sky's high-definition cameras, to provide comprehensive stereoscopic coverage from all angles, whathifi.com said.

The website also announced that Sky will launch Europe's first 3D TV channel in April.

Gerry O'Sullivan, Sky's director of strategic product development, told whathifi.com: "2010 is the year for 3D TV. People have already embraced 3D cinema and because Sky's 3D service uses the same kind of technology, we're confident there will be demand for sports, movies, concerts and drama in 3D."

The million ringgit question is: When will Astro transmit in 3D?

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