Channel 9 announced this morning that they will be airing the State of Origin series in 3D.
That will make it the first time a sports program has ever been broadcast in 3D anywhere in the world.
That’s all well and good but, as the old meditative saying goes: If sport is broadcast in a medium but nobody has the technology to watch it, is it really broadcast at all?
3D sports has the potential to be amazing but we still haven’t heard anybody say they actually want 3D television.
Still, a world first is a world first and it’s a long time since Australia has been first with anything in the world of television.
From the media release:
All three Harvey Norman State of Origin matches between NSW and Queensland – beginning with game one at ANZ Stadium, Sydney, on May 26 – will employ the latest enhancements and technology in 3D production.
Nine CEO, David Gyngell, said the project was an enormous undertaking achieved through a collaborative effort with Gerry Harvey of long-term rugby league partner Harvey Norman, with the support of David Gallop, the NRL and the ARL, together with vital assistance from the Federal Government through Communications Minister Stephen Conroy.
“It’s early days of course because the technology is still developing, and its availability to consumers right now is limited. But 3D is about to arrive with a bang across the world, and the Nine Network and Harvey Norman want to pioneer the revolution in Australia,” Mr Gyngell said.
Stay tuned as we try to bring you more information about 3D TV in Australia but, in the meantime, what do you think?