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 1.

    Excellent, I can't wait! Credit to the BBC for producing this sort of free-to-air content, always pushing boundaries and experimenting with the latest tech. I'm sure the 3D will be amazing. I really enjoyed the Wimbledon coverage but it could have done with more cameras to produce a better variation of camera angles - I trust there will be far more around the Olympic venues.

    When is the dino doc due to air?

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    Comment number 2.

    Not very good compared with Eurosports 100 hours of LIVE 3D! Considering much more 3D is available to the BBC its a great pitty they can't be bothered to transmit it.

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    Comment number 3.

    Kim said

    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.

    Sky started 3D transmisions on the 3rd April 2010 to pubs and started the full service on the 1st October.

    So why does it take the BBC 2 years to do what Sky did in 6 months. And why do the BBC call it a trial when full 3D services are already available in many countries. In fact the Americans will see much more of the Olympics in 3D than the BBC is providing to UK viewers.

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    Comment number 5.

    The BBC seems to be trying very hard to continue in the ways of the old, their recent move from Bush House i think may provide them the opportunity to expand further into new services. I sincerely hope this 3D test of theirs succeeds.
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    Comment number 6.

    Very much looking forward to the last night of the proms in 3d. Glad i found this page.

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    Comment number 7.

    Good news on the Proms. I have watched all the previous 3D outings on Bbc and look forward to many more. As poster above points out, Eurosport are covering stuff each day in 3D which is available to Sky HD viewers at no charge - so no need for the BBC to duplicate. Hats off to the BBC for the 48 HD & SD streams they have made available to Sky and Virgin. can't wait!

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    Comment number 8.

    Trev's right. The BBC has a responsibility to "push boundaries and experiment with the latest tech" but this isn't it. The BBC have lead the way in 'on demand' services with the iPlayer, but they're severely lagging behind other UK broadcasters in HD and 3D broadcasting.

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    Comment number 9.

    With 24 YES 24 dedicated HD BBC channels, it is unbelievable that not even 1 is a 3D channel:-( If you wanted to 'test' 3D, the Olympics with its massive 3D output would have been the ideal testbed and by only showing lip service, the BBC has really lost out
    For an opportunity.

    Kim, it's great the BBC is showing some 3D but it's really quite pitiful too. 3D hasn't taken off because if lack of programming. I have a 3D tv but am starting to get 'jaded' with the 3D because there are no programs.

    Please try harder!

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    Comment number 10.

    Why don't you make more 3D available through the i-player ?
    (assuming you won't do it on the live broadcast channels)

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    Comment number 11.

    What channel will the 3d be on? Or will it be red button only? This will stop people recording the tiny amount of 3d content to watch when they get home!

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    Comment number 13.

    BBC 3D - Given the growth in 3DTV's, why cannot the BBC allocate a dedicated channel on Freeview & Sky to provide a significanlty larger selection of 3D programs. I'm sure that this would attract a large audience for the BBC, so can someone explain why this is not already being announced. Its not as if the BBC will have to pay extra for programming rights they already own, just the access and EPG. Is there anyone from the BBC who can offer an explantion?.

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    Comment number 14.

    On the 8th March 2008 the BBC, with various industry partners, for the first time demonstrated live 3D coverage to an invited audience at the Riverside Studios in London. The demo was to show that the delivery chain would work, and as one of the audience I can tell you it did. The down the line event was the Calcutta Cup from Murrayfield.

    So here we are more than four years later and the BBC still appears to be in the experimental and evaluation phase.

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    Comment number 15.

    Good to get your comments. Some of them seem to revolve around why aren’t we doing more, or moving faster. Interesting to see, and perhaps a reflection of the fact that anyone reading my blog (and thanks for giving it your time) might be more likely to have a pre-existing interest in 3D. The inevitable answer at the moment is that the BBC has to juggle a heap of priorities and claims on its funding at any one time. Yes 3D production costs are coming down across the board – but its still expensive compared to 2D. Yes take-up of 3D is growing steadily – but its still very small. Yes 3D can be creatively very exciting in different ways in different genres – but still no-one really knows where audience appetite is headed right now. Taking those kind of things into consideration, as a Licence Fee funded organisation, I think our current approach is right. Obviously commercial broadcasters and producers, serving much smaller audiences who pay for consumption, are in a different space. And while I’m online, two other updates: Dino Planet 3D will air on the HD channel weekend of 18/19th August (times tbc) and we’ll be repeating the Olympic Highlights 3D packages 7am – 9am on the HD Channel too, to give those of us who are early birds rather than night owls a chance to sample. Best for now, Kim

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    Comment number 16.

    Isn't it a case of 'chicken and egg', and that people might expect the BBC to leading the way?

    If you had waited until everyone had TV sets first, you would have started broadcasting in the first place...

    Thank god other broadcasters don't have the same attitude. The batton of technology leadership seems to be have been passed from the BBC to the next runner...

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    Comment number 17.

    Another thought... but given this is (possibly) the world's biggest SPORTING event, then why is the 3D coverage only of the ceremonies, and not the sport itself? Bizzare really. 24 channels and you can't find room for some live 3D?

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    Comment number 18.

    Don't forget Sky has given these channels to BBC for free. Any BBC 3D would compete with Skys 3D channel which is transmitting over 12 hours per day live 3D Olympics from Eurosport. The BBC is dragging its feet with 3D just like it is doing with HD and Surround Sound. They like to play with new tech like Super HD but are very reluctant to actualy supply a service.

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    Comment number 19.

    In March of this year I bought a 27" 3D TV which can turn 2D into 3D. All Freeview channels, DVDs and home movies, and photographs (via a USB) can be seen in 3D ~ even black and white versions. Although the 3D effect isn't as good as BluRay, it is, nevertheless, amazing to watch. I haven't watched 2D TV since I bought the set.

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    Comment number 20.

    Actually, speaking of the iPlayer - any word on whether the 3D coverage will be iPlayer-able?

 

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