Full BBC 3DTV Schedule For Olympics

Tuesday 24 July 2012, 18:17

Kim Shillinglaw Kim Shillinglaw Head of 3D

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Hi. I'm Kim Shillinglaw and I'm the head of 3D for the BBC.

Summer seems to have finally arrived, and with that continues the BBC's 'Summer of 3D'. We've had Wimbledon - and what a final to have captured in three dimensions - and I'm now looking forward to the rather impressive Planet Dinosaur 3D in August, and the 3D simulcast of the Last Night of the Proms on 8th September.

Before all that though, we will of course be broadcasting Olympic highlights in 3D. For those of you who (like me!) didn't get tickets, you may want to sample some of the BBC's coverage. These free-to-air broadcasts in 3D will be available to anyone who has access to a 3D TV set and to HD Channels, regardless of which digital TV provider they use. For more information of how to access the BBC's 3D content go to www.bbc.co.uk/3d.

As previously announced, the BBC will be broadcasting The Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony, Men's 100m final and a highlights package at the end of each day in 3D.

Today I can confirm the full 3D schedule for the Olympics:

27th July 2012

Olympic Opening Ceremony

20:50 - 00:00 (approximately)

5th August 2012

Men's 100 metre final

20:30 - 22:00

12th August 2012

Olympic Games review

20.00 - 21.00

12th August 2012

Olympic Closing Ceremony

21:00 - 00:30 (approximately)
(followed by highlights of the day)

Daily Olympic Highlights will be broadcast every day of the Games from 23:00 - 24:00.

And watch out for the completely stunning 60 second films of athletes in action at the start of each evening's coverage. Shot in 3D with the help of a phantom camera, to the sound of Elbow's music, they are really breathtaking.

This 'Summer of 3D' is part of a two year trial we are running - testing production, distribution, partnerships and appetite in different genres of 3D. Our strategy is to co-produce 2D and 3D together, as we did with the Strictly Come Dancing Final last December. This will continue with Planet Dinosaur in August, allowing the two year trial to be run in a very cost effective way, whilst still getting valuable insights into this embryonic area.

Above all, it's a trial - so I'd welcome your comments on any of the summer's 3D output.

Kim Shillinglaw is Commissioning Editor, Science & Natural History & Head of 3D, BBC Vision

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    Comment number 21.

    Kim, is there any chance of getting access to these 3D Olympic broadcasts abroad? Will be traveling to South Africa and it would be a shame to miss out on these!

    Michelle

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    Comment number 22.

    3D coverage of the Olympic Opening Ceremony was fantastic. It was, however, spoiled by the inane witterings of the "commentators" who talked over what was going on in the ceremony..... Can we have the option of no commentary please?

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    Comment number 23.

    I understand Neil it was on the red button

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    Comment number 24.

    i missed the start of the opening ceremony, so didn't know it was in 3D on BBCHD until the teams were coming in....really really disappointed that having filmed the ceremony in 3D, it isn't available on iplayer!!!
    please see if you can have a SBS version made available, or how about repeating the 3D broadcast during the night?

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    Comment number 25.

    The BBC 3D opening ceremony was absolutely fantastic. I know that 3D TV's are still not high in numbers in the UK but if we could somehow get people to see and know the quality of the BBS transmission sales would grow very quickly. Many thanks BBC.

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    Comment number 26.

    The opening ceremony in 3d was incredible. But why is it not on iplayer? Most 3D tv sets are owned by families for the family 3d movie market. Why put on the highlights at 11 pm when children are in bed? Can we have 3d olympic coverage on iplayer or a reasonable hour please so our children can watch?

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    Comment number 27.

    The BBC don't have anywhere near as much money to throw around as SKY, so before they invest heavily in hundreds of expensive cameras, larger bandwidth networks, and broadcasting real estate, they need to make very sure they are doing the right thing. -Especially when the vast majority of their viewers don't have 3D TVs.

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    Comment number 28.

    Cping500 - thanks... The no commentary option was available for the HD feed, but not the 3D feed....

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    Comment number 29.

    Kim its awesome I love it and justifies my decision to buy a decent Plasma 3D TV.

    Colin Jackson was rubbish as a commentator, definitely the B Team on the 3D presentation of the Olympic opening. Recording the highlights and trying to catch the 60 second thumbnails as the Gymnast one at the end of the Opening was incredible.

    Keep it going, I would have thought Theatre productions, Ballet etc would be a good subject for 3D. Les Mis in 3D mmm.

    John

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    Comment number 30.

    I watched the Olympics highlights in 3D tonight and here's my reaction to the actual 3D...

    The Titles were professionally done and looked great in 3D. There were also a couple of vignettes at the end with a long jumper and hammer thrower in slow motion....they looked as stunning as the athletics part of the LG 3D demo (with the long jumper and sand coming out into the camera etc).

    The actual athletics was a mixed bag though. There was some decent 3D depth at times but it was inconsistent and lots of shots were in 2D. Ironically, the 3D shots of the spectators and scenes outside the stadiums etc had excellent quality 3D and looked better than most of the actual events themselves. The best was the judo highlights as the camera was at floor level and the audience looked really nicely set back in the distance with a good separation.

    Overall it was a mixed bag....some excellent 3D, some just OK 3D with the occasional 2D shots interspersed. Overall 3.5/5

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    Comment number 31.

    I applaud the BBC for trialing 3D but can you be more pro-active with advertising? I watch BBC1 every day and whilst there was plenty of ads for the olympics itself, I cannot recall seeing any mention of 3D. Advertise the 3D for events like Wimbledon and the Olympics on BBC1, that way you will attract more viewers.

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    Comment number 32.

    Hi Congratulations BBC - The Olympics Opening cermony was particularly effective in 3D, with objects close to the camera appearing to extend into the room out of the TV screen -Amazing!! I hope after the trial you continue on with regular 3D broadcasts free to the public (funded from their Licence Fee), unlike Satelite Broadcasters who will probably charge for 3D content.

    Looking forward to watching further 3D content.

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    Comment number 33.

    What Appalling commentary on the both the men's and women's cycling. Not a clue. I could have done better with the help of a guide dog for the blind! Ruined what should have been riveting events....

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    Comment number 34.

    I've just joined the 3D viewing public and am already disappointed with the BBC on the distinct lack of 3D programmes. Sky have made 3D broadcasting of the Olympics available free to all their customers with their HD package until the end of the games - the BBC have only the ceremonies and a few events covered.
    As for advertising even these few events - I couldn't even find the details by using the search facility on the bbc.co.uk web site.

    As usual, the BBC comment is that it is due to funding restrictions. Not good enough.

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    Comment number 35.

    Forgetting about the truly appalling commentary, I thought that the BBC HD 3D Opening Ceremony 3D broadcast was stunning

    Imho this was the pinnacle of BBC HD 3D transmissions (live or pre-recorded), especially with the current technology/budget restraints and camera restrictions

    If you don't agree then 3D tv it will never get any better for you in the current available formats!

    Well done on the Opening Ceremony - I watched for the whole 3.5 hours and didn't feel nauseous at all, even when viewing through my prescription spectacles

    I also agree with you Kim that the "completely stunning 60 second films of athletes in action at the start of each evening's coverage. Shot in 3D with the help of a phantom camera, to the sound of Elbow's music" really are breathtaking.

    I've now managed to capture eight of them.

    Would it be possible to give us a BBC HD 3D blast of the complete set (that's if there are any more) so that I can silence all of my family/friends 3D sceptics for the next few years?

    With a "Heads Up" from you, of course

    Atm they seem to be random before/after the BBC HD 3D Olympics Highlights broadcast at 11pm, 7am and 8am

    Please keep up the excellent 3D work

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    Comment number 36.

    One word...FAB...! Keep up the good work :) Melissa

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    Comment number 37.

    One word " FAB" Keep up the good work :)

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    Comment number 38.

    I apologise if I’m repeating some of the previous comments ... but ...

    Visually the Olympic opening ceremony was stunning, the best 3D broadcast I’ve seen so far. However ... the commentary was awful and not worthy of the event

    Colin Jackson felt the need to talk over almost everything we were seeing clearly in 3D. At one point he was talking over a band (The Arctic Monkeys?) ... so that you couldn’t hear his comments or the music being played.

    My wife and I spent much of the 3+ hours shouting ‘PLEASE SHUT UP!!’ at the TV!

    I’m sure the audience in the arena coped without having someone explain everything we were seeing.

    There really ought to have been an option to watch the event without commentary – possibly with a brief note at the bottom of the screen, e.g. explaining that the dance was dedicated to the victims of 7/7 - rather than the intrusive commentary.

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    Comment number 39.

    1. Not enough publicity about timing of 3D highlights programme. Why do we always have to stay up so late to get the benefit? 11pm til Midnight is way too late for many families. 2. Opening Ceremony in 3D - excellent visuals, but appalling commentary. There is no use getting 1st rate visuals if the experience is destroyed by bottom of the barrel commentators, who talked too much and all over the start of Sir Kenneth Brannagh - and their remarks during the parade of nations showed that they had done no homework on the teams at all. 3. Some sports such as the diving and gymnastics with all the twists and turns of the body are just crying out for 3D coverage. Why could BBC not get their act together to offer a few limited sports in Live 3D coverage during the Olympics? Overall - very disappointing.

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    Comment number 40.

    Thanks for the comments. Just to let you know, you can read more about the 24 channels on Roger Mosey's blog.

 

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