AFL and NRL finals to air in 3D

By Peter Allott

Sep 01, 2010

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Channels Seven and Nine are set to broadcast the AFL and NRL in 3D after the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) agreed to issue trial licences on September 1.

The announcement comes only days after the ACMA refused to provide Channel Nine with a new trial licence, following a failure to file reports from the first trial runs.

Nine has since resolved this omission, allowing the ACMA to proceed with issuing licences.

The trial licences are to be issued to networks Seven and Nine, following applications submitted in April 2010, which will enable them to begin trial broadcasts of the competition in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Newcastle, Adelaide and Perth.

The new trials are intended to be a progression of the initial trials that occurred earlier in the year during the FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010 and Rugby League State of Origin competitions.

The reports from the first 3D broadcasts can be found on the ACMA website, and cover a range of issues from broadcast reception to consumer interest. The trials of the technology were deemed to be a success by both broadcasters and audience alike.

"There is still much for the industry in Australia and internationally to learn about 3D TV production, transmission and reception," said chairman of the ACMA, Chris Chapman, about the trials.

"Accordingly, the ACMA is pleased to facilitate these additional trials by the Seven Network and the Nine Network."

The use of the ground-breaking technology is currently only available for short-term periods, due to restrictions placed on major broadcasters during non-essential trials.

"Vacant spectrum is only available on a temporary basis and technical standards are still evolving. The discussion paper released by the ACMA today is designed to assist interested parties to address these policy issues and to offer views on the future of 3D TV, as well as other emerging technologies," said Chapman yesterday.

The broadcasts will commence on September 18 and cease on October 8.

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  • VConn Sep 02, 2010

    Good old government agencies won't break with the age old tradition of changing their minds so quickly, 3D football broadcasts just make me want to run out and spend (sic WASTE) thousands of dollars on technology that for the most part will just do nothing but gather dust for the other 365 days of the year....NOT