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Viewing football in 3D kicks off

06-06-2010 09:17 BJT Special Report: World Cup 2010 |

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Football fans will be able to enjoy a new way of watching the matches at the upcoming FIFA World Cup broadcast in 3D for the first time ever. The new viewing experience has generated plenty of excitement and interest in the technology. But as Cui Lingnan finds out, there are still a few hurdles to surmount.

Gone are the days when football fans stood in the pub without sophisticated eyewear.

The new viewing experience is no longer confined to the exclusive space of the cinema - it's arrived in our living rooms.

3D filming will be at five out of the ten FIFA World Cup stadiums. 25 FIFA matches, including the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final, will also be available in 3D.

The feed will then go to selected channels around the globe.

With a high-definition 3D television like this 50 inch model and a pair of 3D glasses... viewers can feel like they are turf-side from kick off to the final whistle.

But at the moment there is no standardized signal for 3D glasses.

John Kempner, 3D TV Buyer, said, "The signal that's sent by the Panasonic TV can only be read, received, by the Panasonic glasses and with the Samsung it's the same, you can only read the Samsung signal on the Samsung glasses. So they will not work with each other's TV."

This poses a problem for the wider 3D glasses market, which doesn't know what will become the dominant signal in the future.

The market's growth will be hindered as long as signals remain incompatible.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source:

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