Head of BBC 3D Kim Shillinglaw reveals the BBC’s full line-up of Olympic 3D coverage.
As previously reported, the BBC is conducting a two year 3D trial, of which the London Olympics will be a key component of. Due to the BBC’s remit of platform neutrality and protection of license payer’s money, the coverage will be limited in comparison to other broadcasters such as Eurosport, but it will provide UK 3DTV owners the opportunity to see parts of the games in 3D on Freeview, cable and satellite.
As part of the BBC’s 'Summer of 3D’, a 3D dinosaur documentary will air later in August and the 'Last Night of the Proms' will also be given the 3D treatment in September. A scripted 3D comedy drama is planned to follow next year.
Before each evening of 3D highlights, the BBC will also broadcast a one minute long sequence of athletes in action filmed with a Phantom camera.
On her blog, Shillinglaw writes “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.”
BBC 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
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