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#61795 24-May-2010 11:52
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Does anybody know if and when Kordia will test 3D Broadcasts over Freeview?

Channel nine and Fox Sports are about to start testing 3D Broadcasts over their DVB-T platform, mostly with upcoming sporting events. I imagine they have already done some serious testing before they launch into a commercially paid sporting event.

From my understanding Aussie broadcasts are on a temporary spectrum, which means its still very much in the trialing phase, before it becomes a permanent channel and the government gives it the thumbs up.

Surely someone in Kordia NZ or Freeview NZ group are looking into this, I would like to hear from anyone that’s involved, and their opinion on the subject, Not to mention other geekzoners that have and want to share their opinion on this.

Some questions from me:

Are additional Transmitters/hardware required, or is a SW upgrade all that’s needed to enable 3D Broadcast?

When is it likely?

Will you involve the public with trials and testing?

Is their even a 3D broadcast standard?

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  #333986 24-May-2010 12:29
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langi27: Does anybody know if and when Kordia will test 3D Broadcasts over Freeview?

Is their even a 3D broadcast standard?

There is no international broadcast standard for 3D, so sinking money into trial broadcasting on Freeview in NZ  would seem a trifle indulgent when there are still reasonably large pop centres without standard Freeview HD


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  #334023 24-May-2010 13:20
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Agreed. Still waiting for some confirmation from the government as to when Nelson/Marlborough will see freeviewHD.. I'm hanging out for it! I've tried getting a signal from Wellington in blenheim, it doesn't work out so well, massive drop outs and macroblocking

However back to the question. I believe you will see it on Sky long before freeview, they will want to charge you for the privilege too

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#334123 24-May-2010 16:34
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I don't believe we will ever see 3D TV here, and if we do I will use my quadraphonic stereo system to better hear the sound Wink

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  #334839 25-May-2010 23:15
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I reckon until 3DTV becomes not only cheaper but a common standard, not only will it be a gimmick but it'll also be a total mess.


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  #335803 28-May-2010 14:44
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Looking at the article posted below, the last State of Origin game was broadcast in MPEG 4 using H.264 Codecs. Which just happens to be the same digital broadcast system we use here in NZ.

Australia currently uses an older MPEG 2 standard. I assume there is no 3D broadcast kit that uses MPEG 2.

This in theory would (should) make the transition for freeview NZ to broadcast in 3D no problem at all.

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  #335814 28-May-2010 15:25
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I think it's important to remember that broadcasts in Australia are for testing only at this stage over a 2 month trial which just happens to coincide with Origin and the Fifa World Cup, with the channel provided by the ACMA, and the content provided by Channel 9 and SBS.

No permanent agreement has been made for spectrum which apparently 3D uses a heck of a lot more of (funny that). I would think that available spectrum (and someone willing to pay for it) is probably more of a killer than the technicalities.


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  #335826 28-May-2010 16:01
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I was just pointing out that the Aussies are using a broadcast standard for 3D that we have already adopted.

To acheive this they would have required a whole new platform to be installed in their transmission towers, I'd be interested to know if Freeview did adopt 3D would they need new hardware or just software upgrades.

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