While FIFA made the unfortunate call yesterday to pass on TV replay capability for the upcoming World Cup, there will still be new broadcast technology unveiled this summer in South Africa. According to FIFA, up to 25 games from the competition will be filmed using Sony 3-D technology. There are no specific plans for broadcasting the 3-D games live, but it remains a possibility. And a compilation of footage will be turned into a feature-length film after the World Cup.
The announcement is the highest-profile appearance yet in what's been a steady trend towards 3-D technology for sports. From the live rugby battle between England and Scotland, to the NBA all-star game we reported on last year, to the announcement from SkyTV in England that it will launch a dedicated 3-D channel, get used to wearing goofy glasses (though some versions of the tech, sadly, won't require spectacles).
So let us get this right: with thousands of hooligans gathered in South Africa, FIFA might now have 3-D footage of the next Ireland/France-Thierry Henry-handball-controversy, but will only use it for its highlight reel? Brilliant.
A third dimension? FIFA could provide a parallel universe and the USA would still have no chance versus Rooney et al.
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so despite there being no plans to transmit in 3D you state that the games are to be telecast in 3D is that an oxymoron or just moronic?
It reads that the games will be filmed using 3-D but not transmitted for the live feed, but saved for the post-tournament highlight movie (is the current plan anyway).
so still not telecast then
Why do tech news writers always say that 3D glasses are goofy or silly? Millions of people wear glasses, bifocals, sunglasses. Do these people feel silly all the time?
I went to a 3D IMAX film theater in London 12 years ago. They had bulky goggles with LCD shutters, but the effect was excelent. Current 3D glasses are much lighter. They don't use the two-color lenses that are now obsolete.
It would be great to watch basketball and football in 3D. The cable-mounted camera used in NFL games gives a fantastic closeup view. Having two cameras together would be spectacular.
so still not telecast then !!!!