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May 15 2012

Freesat to offer BBC’s 24 HD Olympic ChannelsNews taken from BBC Sport website

The BBC has announced details of the digital services that will offer viewers the most comprehensive coverage ever of an Olympic Games. The broadcaster will provide live coverage of every London 2012 sport from every venue throughout the day.

An enhanced video experience will give access to up to 24 live HD streams and 2,500 hours of coverage via the BBC Sport website on PC and laptop. A free Olympics mobile app will allow audiences to access content on the go.

The BBC Olympics mobile browser site, accessible across all mobile devices, will mirror much of the desktop experience, while audiences can also access coverage through tablets and connected TV.

The BBC’s Red Button service for the Olympics on Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media will offer audiences access to up to 24 live streams, while there will be an additional 24-hour channel of extra BBC Olympics content available via the BBC Red Button for audiences with Freeview and BT Vision.

The BBC Sport app for connected TVs will give audiences access to the BBC’s interactive coverage, while Virgin Media TiVo users will be able to access this content via the BBC Red Button.

The BBC Sport website will offer a page for every sport, country, athlete and venue. The coverage includes live updates, Twitter visualisations and comments from across social media.

Roger Mosey, BBC Director said:

The London 2012 Olympic Games is likely to be the biggest sporting event in the UK in our lifetimes,

The BBC’s coverage will ensure that our audiences need never miss a moment.

As the nation’s broadcaster, we are committed to ensuring that viewers get the most from their Olympic experience and our comprehensive coverage will deliver on that promise.

We will be bringing live coverage of every Olympic Sport from every venue, through a combination of BBC One and BBC Three and up to 24 simultaneous streams live online on PC, mobile, tablet or connected TV.

These services will be complemented by coverage on Radio 5 live, mobile and tablet.

The majority of cable and satellite viewers will be able to access the 24 channels on their providers’ platform through the BBC Red Button.

Alongside our sport offering, our news services will be providing impartial news coverage on all the big Olympic stories.

The flagship Olympic channels, BBC One, BBC Two (when BBC One switches to the news), BBC Three, BBC HD and BBC One HD will be dedicated to the event over the 17 days of competition.

A 24-hour digital radio station, Radio 5 live Olympic Extra, will complement BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra for the duration of the Games.

These stations combined will bring round-the-clock news, commentary and coverage with the majority of the stations’ output coming live from Olympic venues around the UK.

Dave Gordon, BBC Sport’s Head of Major Events added:

It’s serving audiences in a way we’ve never been able to do before,

From even more extensive coverage on TV, radio and online to mobile phones and tablets there will be unlimited content available. The technology is now in place to offer the ultimate choice for our viewers and there will be times when we will have up to 24 screens of sport.

76 Responses to “BBC Olympics coverage details released”

  1. roger mellie Says:

    I guess there will be no hiding place from the olympic games then! To be fair the coverage should be unsurpassed, and all Free to watch. Fair enough

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  2. Phil ver. 1.0 Says:

    They seem to have everything covered, surprised they’re not sending a chap out to paint the Olympic rings on our Satellite dishes…..

    All sounds good though….. Good work…

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  3. Ian Vallender Says:

    I wonder what events are 3d or how many of the 25 streamsare are 3d?

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  4. Fitzy Says:

    From what I believe of 3d coverage the opening ceremony & closing ceremony 100m final & just highlights every evening. As to what event will be covered in highlights show there is no clarification yet, I believe all 3d footage will be on bbc hd channel ! I personally would have liked more 3d coverage !!!

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  5. Neil Says:

    Excellent stuff and a great marketing/awareness opportunity for freesat which I’m sure will raise the platform’s stakes somewhat. There’s no mention of these 24 ‘streams’ being on the EPG as was previously mentioned? I thought they were all going to be added to the guide so people could record various things directly??

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  6. qsley Says:

    Good news, but the problem with putting lots on red button is that rb channels can’t be recorded – certainly on a Humax recorder. The channels are transmitted with a ‘data’ flag, which means that the Humax box doesn’t recognise them, even as ‘non-Freesat’ channels. Don’t suppose there’s a chance this could be suspended?

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  7. admin Says:

    Can’t remember which official told me now but they did confirm these would be EPG channels so recording won’t be a problem for the majority of the content.

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  8. Soldierboy 001 Says:

    Who cares anyway? And I was an athlete in my time. I get bored with room to room coverage even for the time of the Olypics. Hands up who is interested in ballroom dancing and do they still have it?
    Not a bit like ancient Greece, And is Beckham still in the running for a place in the Team GB football team? Load of balls.

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  9. admin Says:

    Soldierboy 001 said:
    Who cares anyway? And I was an athlete in my time. I get bored with room to room coverage even for the time of the Olypics. Hands up who is interested in ballroom dancing and do they still have it?
    Not a bit like ancient Greece, And is Beckham still in the running for a place in the Team GB football team? Load of balls.

    Those of us that work have essentially paid for the Olympics anyway, so might as well embrace it, but in reality, it is a good opportunity for Freesat to promote themselves with all these channels for the sports fans out there.

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  10. Conor Says:

    I think BBC have to do the euro 2012 football in 3d to cater for the football lovers and not only the olypics I thing that this is has to be done wee are only country witch will not sea any of euro 2012 in 3d the rest of europe will some of the matches in 3d but as per normal the bbc has shot it self in the foot and not doing 3d for euro 2012 football and only doing a wee bit for the olypics they need to do more 3d on freesat virgin and sky and freeview when the band with comes I pay a tv licence I will not watch any of the olypics so to me that is why bbc need to do some of the matches in 3d EURO 2012 FOOTBALL THIS JUNE

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  11. admin Says:

    Conor said:
    I think BBC have to do the euro 2012 football in 3d to cater for the football lovers and not only the olypicsI thing that this is has to be done wee are only country witch will not sea any of euro 2012 in 3d the rest of europe will some of the matches in 3d but as per normal the bbc has shot it self in the foot and not doing 3d for euro 2012 football and only doing a wee bit for the olypics they need to do more 3d on freesat virgin and sky and freeview when the band with comes I pay a tv licence I will not watch any of the olypics so to me that is why bbc need to do some of the matches in 3d EURO 2012 FOOTBALL THIS JUNE

    So just to be clear, you think the BBC should show some of the euro’s in 3D :D

    (does anyone actually see value in 3D!!!!)

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  12. fitzy Says:

    Hi admin, having only recently aquired a 3d tv it would be nice to see some content on tv, i have a lg with passive glasses so i think i paid an extra 99p over the standard led tv, saying that i have recently watched some football in 3d & was disapointed as most of the footage we watch of tv is from above, its only when you see the match from the side lines in 3d you get any benifit. Things like the cycling during the olympics would look pretty good & im sure other sports would benefit from 3d. Having said that i cant see 3d in its present form ever going mainstream!!!

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  13. fitzy Says:

    Whilst we’re on the subject of future technology admin do we know of any plans for super high def on freesat, jumping the gun i know, would there be enough room on freesat for several of the channels ?

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  14. admin Says:

    fitzy said:
    Whilst we’re on the subject of future technology admin do we know of any plans for super high def on freesat, jumping the gun i know, would there be enough room on freesat for several of the channels ?

    Freesat has no limitation on room, after all, it is just an EPG. The limitations would be broadcasters space on the birds.

    Not aware of any development into this area yet, but think we might be quite a while off yet anyway, broadcasters can’t even get anywhere close to HD perfection!

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  15. Kevin Ver1 Says:

    I am currently stocking up on TV DVD box sets. Problem is TV is pretty poor at the moment so I have already watched half of the box sets purchased recently!

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  16. Richard Crichton Says:

    Kevin Ver1 said:
    I am currently stocking up on TV DVD box sets. Problem is TV is pretty poor at the moment so I have already watched half of the box sets purchased recently!

    Pretty poor is right. listen to the radio or read a book is my solution if I have no films on disc to watch.

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  17. Russ Says:

    admin said: So just to be clear, you think the BBC should show some of the euro’s in 3D
    (does anyone actually see value in 3D!!!!)

    As most Freesat IDTV’s are at the high end of the range they also tend to be 3D enabled. I agree with Conor and Fitzy it would be nice to see more 3D coverage. I own several 3D blu-ray movies and yes I do feel 3D enhances your viewing pleasure. You cannot compare todays technology with the old red/blue 3D. The 3D picture quality on my Samsung D8000 is stunning.

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  18. Jerry Says:

    “The majority of cable and satellite viewers will be able to access the 24 channels on their providers’ platform through the BBC Red Button” – what about viewers just receiving FTA without a FreeSat of Sky box?

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  19. admin Says:

    Russ said: You cannot compare todays technology with the old red/blue 3D. The 3D picture quality on my Samsung D8000 is stunning.

    Not comparing it against the old tech, I’ve tried out the vast majority of the latest 3D showings, largely from Samsung and Sony (using different systems) and it just doesn’t appeal; the picture quality remains blurred (back to SD) and unless you sit very close (which makes the pq worse), the illusion of 3D is immediately ruined the second the picture tries to overlay the outer frame of your tele.

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  20. Fitzy Says:

    Should have gone to spec savers admin !! alot of 3d depends upon the quality of film & obviously the directors & films staff utilizing the technology, there are lots of poor 3d films out there. Active glasses are prone to giving people headaches & are poor in bright rooms ! I believe toshiba have a glasses free 3d tv out & this is the way 3d should & will go !!

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  21. Muzer Says:

    Jerry said: Freesat has no limitation on room, after all, it is just an EPG. The limitations would be broadcasters space on the birds.
    Not aware of any development into this area yet, but think we might be quite a while off yet anyway, broadcasters can’t even get anywhere close to HD perfection!

    Well, obviously not through the red button, but you’ll be able to tune the channels directly like everyone else…

    (And, yes, it was in the past confirmed that the channels would get EPG entries on Freesat and Sky).

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  22. roger mellie Says:

    Not a fan of 3D myself, glasses give me a slight headache feeling, HD is the way forward for me.

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  23. JayW Says:

    I too cannot see any reason for 3D. I have a new Samsung TV ( with FREE (!!!) glasses). Utter waste of time & money. Glasses have already been binned. Hope the BBC don’t waste much money on this – or any more 3D

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  24. Barrie Says:

    So when is someone going to bring a law suit against all of the broadcasting companies and tv manufacturers complaining that their 3D media is a lie, as at best it can only be virtual 3D ?
    Can’t be long now, surely!

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  25. SL Says:

    I cant wait until 3d finally dies.

    Yeah, lets change the camera angle for football so .01 of viewers can somehow validate the money they wasted on 3d so 99.9% of viewers have to put up with a rubbish camera angle.

    I hope the channels are still EPG entries and it would be a waste not allowing us to record, this is what really annoys me about F1 practice sessions at 4am in the morning. Why cant they give an EPG number to red button streams?

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  26. qsley Says:

    Jerry said:
    “The majority of cable and satellite viewers will be able to access the 24 channels on their providers’ platform through the BBC Red Button” – what about viewers just receiving FTA without a FreeSat of Sky box?

    Post-switchover, ‘FTA’ presumably means non-Freesat, non-Freeview & non-cable. If that means you have a straightforward satellite tuner, you can tune the red button feeds as individual channels on your box. Info available at digital spy and elsewhere.

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  27. Martin Says:

    What will happen to the channels after the Olympics
    Have finished it would be a shame to go back to the norm after the Olympics hope thease channels will be filled with a movie channel not the joke movie channels we got now movie s for men and true movies can go as soon as possible anyway I am going off topic here sorry for that

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  28. admin Says:

    Martin said:
    What will happen to the channels after the Olympics
    Have finished it would be a shame to go back to the norm after the Olympics hope thease channels will be filled with a movie channel not the joke movie channels we got now movie s for men and true movies can go as soon as possible anyway I am going off topic here sorry for that

    They will simply be removed from transmission and the EPG again; BBC don’t have any plans for any other channels at the moment.

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  29. Fitzy Says:

    Wow lots of people slating 3d on here, yea it has its limitations & really the technology is in its infancy. But you’d best get used to it as the next gen of TV’s will be glasses free 3d TV. When the technology is sorted out it will offer a depth to TV that is more realistic, not every program will suit 3d, who wants to watch Dot Cotton coming out the screen? But in time you critics will learn to embrace new technology, lets face it, it will only be a mater of time before holographic TV is in the shops, I jest thee not Sony already have produced a prototype! Meanwhile I shall look forward to BBC’S 3d coverage with my seven pairs of passive glasses (that don’t give you a headache & are dirt cheap) .

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  30. dave Says:

    everyone is going on about olympic channels .what we really want on freesat is some new quality channels
    do you think FREESAT COULD GET A CHANNEL EXCLUSIVE TO FREESAT JUST LIKE SKY DO ….
    think that would be good

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  31. admin Says:

    dave said:
    everyone is going on about olympic channels .what we really want on freesat is some new quality channels
    do you think FREESAT COULD GET A CHANNEL EXCLUSIVE TO FREESAT JUST LIKE SKY DO ….
    think that would be good

    Like what, broadcasters just aren’t producing new channels at the moment, nor do Freesat have the finances to support a channel in the same way Sky do; for that, you’d need to subscribe to Sky.

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  32. films3d Says:

    On the subject of 3D the quality largely depends on how the films was shot, either in real 3D or converted from 2D. The BBC’s overall approach to 3D has been very much on the lines of an experiment around special events like Wimbledon and Strictly Come Dancing.
    The BBC is also developing a 3D comedy drama as part of a two-year trial across multiple genres. They are looking to test the medium in “as many genres as we can”, with arts and science 3D programming likely to follow.

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  33. Kevin ver 1 Says:

    Richard Crichton said: Pretty poor is right. listen to the radio or read a book is my solution if I have no films on disc to watch.

    I listen to radio a fair deal of the time. Now I have smartphone I can listen to the radio programs on iPlayer throughout the house. Reading books I tend to do when I am on holiday.

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  34. Muzer Says:

    I am very interested in 3D. If I were older than I am, I’d have one already ;)

    As it stands, I have a 3DS, and converting video to it sometimes works, but it doesn’t always work and it’s low-resolution and limited to ten minutes.

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  35. Conor Says:

    if they can put all this extra hd on to freesat and sky why can they not put all bbc regions in hd know also on freesas and give ulster tv space for hd on freesat because i will not watch the olyimpics ar any time so bbc are not doing what i want and i am a licence payer also it is time bbc learned that and a full time 3d channel also

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  36. Kevin ver 1 Says:

    Don’t forget that we are set to lose BBC HD when they introduce BBC 2 HD. A great loss to me as I like the fact they show some of the best repeats.

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  37. ian Says:

    Getting sick of the 3D c*** already…
    If it wasn’t something that caused your head to almost explode and eye ache, not to mention you are not supposed to watch more than 45mins at a time.
    The BBC could better spend the money on better quality PQ on the HD channels before this nonsense.
    Half-a**** 1080i is not what you expect from the BBC.
    Even ITV has a better HD PQ and bitrate than the BBC, what the hell is the world coming to!!!!
    3D, let it stay with $ly..waste subscribers money..

    Not sure where that rant came from, but glad its out there now :)

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  38. admin Says:

    You let it all out ian, just without the naughty words!!! ;)

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  39. Russ Says:

    For those singing the praises of HD tv and slating 3D, just remember it was the BBC that started the HD ball rolling. Yes we had one part time channel starting at 6:00pm and I am sure there were those who were complaining about licence fee payers money being wasted on that channel. Most tv’s being sold then were HD ready, not full HD, so a set top box was still needed to receive a HD signal. However the BBC still embraced this new technology.

    I find it hard to understand why anybody would hope something fails, just because they personally are not interested.

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  40. Howard Says:

    i wonder if the Beeb will testing any new technology such 3D broadcasts or super HD or anything else on the media horizon? Excellent idea to utilize BBC 3 & 4 to allow extra capacity.

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  41. Fitzy Says:

    Well said Russ, obviously some people expect TV to stop two dimensionally for eternity, cant they see the potential of 3d, we just need to get rid of the glasses, if it was down to some of these people we’d still be watching black & white in mono !

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  42. admin Says:

    Fitzy said:
    Well said Russ, obviously some people expect TV to stop two dimensionally for eternity, cant they see the potential of 3d, we just need to get rid of the glasses, if it was down to some of these people we’d still be watching black & white in mono !

    It needs to make massive advances (no glasses etc) before it will take on. For me personally, if I want 3D, I look away from the television.

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  43. Derek B Says:

    I was watching some HD stuff on my daughters Sky HD box and 720p TV the other day and the PQ was far superior to my LG 1080p with Freesat Humax HD box. Why??

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  44. Mark Aberfan Aerials Says:

    Derek B said: I was watching some HD stuff on my daughters Sky HD box and 720p TV the other day and the PQ was far superior to my LG 1080p with Freesat Humax HD box. Why??

    Hi Derek,

    The only thing I can think of is that something is wrong with your setup, recent LG TV’s are well regarded & the Humax is widely said to have a much better picture than any built down minimum price sky HD box, I have a 1tb sky hd box here, a Echostar freesat box & a motorised Technomate TM5402 all connected to panasonic plasma’s all are good but the sky hd has the worst picture & the Technomate has the best.
    Check all your settings leads etc & check your TV with another hd source such as a blu ray if you can to make sure your tv doesn’t have a fault.

    Mark Aberfan Aerials

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  45. Russ Says:

    admin said: It needs to make massive advances (no glasses etc) before it will take on. For me personally, if I want 3D, I look away from the television.

    Thats fine admin, we are all entitled to our opinions, my wife for example is not a 3D fan. Those who feel 3D is not for them are not obliged to go out and buy 3D equipment or watch 3D programming.

    I just cannot understand why some 3D critics seem to think because they do not approve of the format, nobody else should have access.

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  46. Fitzy Says:

    I don’t deny your response admin, wearing glasses is an of-putter but your last comment said it all, when you want 3d you look away from the screen. But wouldn’t it ad more realism to a action, or war film if it was more realistic, as in real life we see things in 3d, the technology isnt isn’t there yet but as I have recently stated Toshiba have now a non-glasses 3d TV, other manufactures have also started to jump on the passive glasses band wagon, cheaper & less prone to headaches.
    During the next couple of years hopefully the little bugs that but people off will be ironed out !

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  47. Fitzy Says:

    I shall now refrain from commenting on 3d any further, as I have said to much on the subject as it is. But bring on the Olympics in HD, & 3d for those of us that embrace new technology !

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  48. Phil ver. 1.0 Says:

    I’m with admin 100% on the 3D TV thing. But it’s up to the individual, some will love it and some will loathe it, me being in the loathe group.

    I think staring through glasses other than ones prescribed can’t do your eyes any good, especially the the type of glasses used to view 3D TV..

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  49. Rosco Says:

    The in store demonstrations of 3D have to improve for starters. I was in our local Tesco a week or so back and they had a 3D TV set up for shoppers to have a look at. So I had a gander. For starters as I wear glasses the 3D specs didnt fit, but even allowing for that the experience was awful. There was terrible jitter on the picture, (low quality components in the tv maybe?) and the continual swooping of the camera angles to accentuate the 3D experience made me feel sick after a few seconds. It put me right off. I didnt even find the 3D terribly realistic. Certain shots looked good, but it changed between scenes. I certainly wont be wasting my money on 3D anytime soon.

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  50. ian Says:

    admin said:
    You let it all out ian, just without the naughty words!!!

    Opps, sorry, i didn’t realise they were considered bad words on here. Not intentional, sorry :(

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  51. ian Says:

    Supposed to be a sad face, it looks angry lol

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  52. Al (Original) Says:

    SL said:
    I cant wait until 3d finally dies.
    Yeah, lets change the camera angle for football so .01 of viewers can somehow validate the money they wasted on 3d so 99.9% of viewers have to put up with a rubbish camera angle.

    Well that’s just selfish and shows a total lack of understanding of 3D. 3D is filmed using a camera with twin lens a set distance apart. For 2D you just use 1 video stream for 3D you use and combine both.

    So the camera angle is exactly the same for both 2D and 3D tv as the same footage comes from the same camera. So 2D isn’t in any way compromised by having to use separate cameras in other places in the stadium to make way for 3D as you implied.

    Fitzy said:
    Wow lots of people slating 3d on here, y

    Yeah and most of them who’ve never auditioned a decent 3D tv (admin apart).

    There’s a lot of prejudice from people who remember the old red / green glasses effects or go down their local poundo cheap store and audition a no brand £300 3D tv and think they’re seen it all.

    The difference ou see from a top quality £800 tv makes all the difference. I’ve auditioned top Samsung passive and Panasonic 3D Active Shutter Passive, both tv’s costing well over the £1K mark and was blown away by the quality of the effect. What’s more neither gave me headaches or any after visual effects.

    Rosco said:
    The in store demonstrations of 3D have to improve for starters. I was in our local Tesco a week or so back and they had a 3D TV set up for shoppers to have a look at. So I had a gander. For starters as I wear glasses the 3D specs didnt fit, but even allowing for that the experience was awful. There was terrible jitter on the picture, (low quality components in the tv maybe?) and the continual swooping of the camera angles to accentuate the 3D experience made me feel sick after a few seconds. It put me right off. I didnt even find the 3D terribly realistic. Certain shots looked good, but it changed between scenes. I certainly wont be wasting my money on 3D anytime soon.

    No arguments there and supermarkets are often the worst places to audition Tv’s.

    My local TV store has a dedicated room set up for 3D tv and the assistant came and made sure the active shutter glasses fitted nicely before leaving me to watch. That and a well calibrated tv with a good 3D disc makes all the difference.

    BTW admin, I do agree about 3D outbound effects enchroaching on the TV frame. Luckily most good discs send the 3D picture back into the wall not out into the room.

    Other than that, I’d say 3D tv is best suited to a large tv 42″ min and 50-60inch ideal.

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  53. Phil Says:

    Al (Original) said:
    The difference ou see from a top quality £800 tv makes all the difference. I’ve auditioned top Samsung passive and Panasonic 3D Active Shutter Passive, both tv’s costing well over the £1K mark and was blown away by the quality of the effect.

    Well there’s my problem with 3D right there. If you need to spend between £800 and £1000 on a decent 3D setup, then I’m priced right out.

    My wife has resisted buying a HD TV as she couldn’t see the point in junking a working SD model. I convinced her to get one, but even then could only afford to spend £250. For that price I got an excellent 32″ LG model, which I am very pleased with. The size of my lounge made a larger set unnecessary.

    A 3D set was out of my price range, and even if I managed to scrape together a few extra £100, it would only be a lacklustre performer in 3D.

    I will live with my HD set for now, as I am certain we will get more HD on Freesat than we will 3D.

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  54. Phil Says:

    Al (Original) said: The difference ou see from a top quality £800 tv makes all the difference. I’ve auditioned top Samsung passive and Panasonic 3D Active Shutter Passive, both tv’s costing well over the £1K mark and was blown away by the quality of the effect.

    Well there’s my problem with 3D right there. If you need to spend between £800 and £1000 on a decent 3D setup, then I’m priced right out.

    My wife has resisted buying a HD TV as she couldn’t see the point in junking a working SD model. I convinced her to get one, but even then could only afford to spend £250. For that price I got an excellent 32″ LG model, which I am very pleased with. The size of my lounge made a larger set unnecessary.

    A 3D set was out of my price range, and even if I managed to scrape together a few extra £100, it would only be a lacklustre performer in 3D.

    I will live with my HD set for now, as I am certain we will get more HD on Freesat than we will 3D

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  55. Richard Crichton Says:

    I dare say 3D is great on high end sets and I have no problem with people who are excited about it but where is the programming coming from to justify the costs? Certainly not from the financially constrained BBC who are cutting costs as much as they can to make ends meet. The only issue I have with 3D is having to wear glasses although (hopefully) technology may overcome that problem.

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  56. Fitzy Says:

    Admin, can I ask on the next generation of freesat boxes, I believe if I am correct we will be able to access Eurosport. Now I presume this will be accessed via a subscription (I currently subscribe on my pc) now will the Eurosport HD channel be avaliable with this method ?

    Thought it try to change the subject as people seem to still be going over the same old territory with 3D!

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  57. Films3d Says:

    Simple:

    1. Cinema – Choose to watch the movie in 2d or 3d

    2. Television – if a programme is broadcast in 3d, if you dont like 3d flick the 2d
    option

    You have a choice

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  58. dave Says:

    hi admin when will the info on freesat g2 boxs be released i am sure you said during may and before anyone say i know theres still a week left :-)

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  59. admin Says:

    dave said:
    hi admin when will the info on freesat g2 boxs be released i am sure you said during may and before anyone say i know theres still a week left :-)

    Haven’t had much in the way of communication from Freesat so unsure. I believe there are some delays and Freesat were keen to only issue info just before launch to get ahead of the alternative platforms rival features.

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  60. Roger Says:

    Oh well – I’ve stacks of stuff recorded onto DVD.

    It SHOULD last through the Olympic season…….

    All I want is just ONE Olympics-free channel on the BBC suitable for adults. All the best stuff from BBC 2 and BBC 4, a nightly news broadcast (at say 9PM?) that has NO mention of the Olympics either, though I’ll make an exception if its a report that the entire IOC has met a terrible terrible fate ~ say extraordinary rendition to a US General Population jail. AND its got to be HD.

    8-)

    Not going to happen, is it.

    ps 3D? Put the camera in the Javelin target zone!

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  61. admin Says:

    Roger, with so much hatred for the Olympics you must be seeving knowing that your tax payers money is going towards paying for 150 staff to carry a cigarette lighter 7000 miles around the country :D ;)

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  62. films3d Says:

    Just read on another site that 4seven the new channel from channel 4 is being launched on July 4th

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  63. Matthew Says:

    Personally I think the next gen of TV will be Holographic. Forget the gimmicky 3D aspect, Holographic TV will be much more immersive.

    That or at the very most, glasses free 3D that allows you to view the screen from any angle in the room and still get a decent picture.

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  64. Russ Says:

    films3d said:
    Just read on another site that 4seven the new channel from channel 4 is being launched on July 4th

    Well they could not have had a more appropriate date for the launch.

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  65. Neil Says:

    Russ said: Well they could not have had a more appropriate date for the launch.

    As they are on LCN 47 on Freeview I wonder if they’ll appear on 147 on Freesat? I think 127 is earmarked for the channel but we’ll have to wait and see. Clever marketing there on the date as it was potentially going to be June.

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  66. Roger Says:

    @admin:

    Its not just the Olympics (although I deplore the waste of money and the Professionalism of the Olympics in particular), any sport that clogs up the general channels is a waste of space too. In some ways I’m glad that SKY is becoming a monopoly supplier of sporting events, it means I don’t have them rammed down my throat so thoroughly!

    As for the “cigarette lighter”, the most amusing thing is all the examples being ebayed in order to make a quick bob or two. Whilst some of the proceeds may be going towards charity, some most certainly won’t be, and there have been cases of torches being put up before the vendor has jogged their few hundred yards…..

    Greed and cupidity. An awesome combination *sigh*

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  67. admin Says:

    Roger said:
    As for the “cigarette lighter”, the most amusing thing is all the examples being ebayed in order to make a quick bob or two.Whilst some of the proceeds may be going towards charity, some most certainly won’t be, and there have been cases of torches being put up before the vendor has jogged their few hundred yards…..

    Paid for by us, sold by them! I thought the passing of the torch was meant to be a form of relay; surely that means passing it on, not keeping it!

    It amusing me that on the 31st, none of the residents of our development will be able to get their cars in or out because they are blocking the only road for the whole day so a BMW (German, why couldn’t they use a UK build car!) vehicle can drive pas!!!

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  68. Richard Crichton Says:

    admin said: Paid for by us, sold by them! I thought the passing of the torch was meant to be a form of relay; surely that means passing it on, not keeping it!
    It amusing me that on the 31st, none of the residents of our development will be able to get their cars in or out because they are blocking the only road for the whole day so a BMW (German, why couldn’t they use a UK build car!) vehicle can drive pas!!!

    BMW build cars near Oxford called Mini. All cars built in UK except Morgan, Caterham and such like are foreign owned so I don’t see that it makes much differance. It’s not as if we have a UK owned car industry any more.

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  69. admin Says:

    Richard Crichton said: BMW build cars near Oxford called Mini. All cars built in UK except Morgan, Caterham and such like are foreign owned so I don’t see that it makes much differance. It’s not as if we have a UK owned car industry any more.

    Try, the mini is built in Oxford, but they are using BMW’s built in Germany; seems a bit ironic doesn’t it that they go on about it being the British games, then don’t celebrate what we still have left (not much!). Also it seems we are lacking celebrities too, all the ones I’ve seen have been American!!!

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  70. Richard Crichton Says:

    Russ said: Well they could not have had a more appropriate date for the launch.

    Don’t suppose its HD even though all new tellys are HD. Its like launching a 405 lines channel after 625 lines was available to use. Will it be colour ;-)

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  71. Richard Crichton Says:

    admin said: Try, the mini is built in Oxford, but they are using BMW’s built in Germany; seems a bit ironic doesn’t it that they go on about it being the British games, then don’t celebrate what we still have left (not much!). Also it seems we are lacking celebrities too, all the ones I’ve seen have been American!!!

    BMW build cars in 24 locations in 13 countries (2009 data) so how do you know they were built in Germany.

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  72. admin Says:

    Richard Crichton said: BMW build cars in 24 locations in 13 countries (2009 data) so how do you know they were built in Germany.

    As far as I’m aware, the majority of the BMW pace cars being used are 3-series and they are mainly built in Leipzig, with some in Munich, Dingolfing and Regensburg, all Germany. Then the US and SA for the rest of the world. But irrespective of this, BMW are sponsoring the event which seems a little odd, even if we have little in the way of British business ownership these days (thanks Conservatives!)

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  73. Fitzy Says:

    Maybe we should have got the Jeremy Kyle show to have sponsored the event, with security following on in electric wheelchairs. That way we could have celebrated Britishness in its current glory !

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  74. admin Says:

    Fitzy said:
    Maybe we should have got the Jeremy Kyle show to have sponsored the event, with security following on in electric wheelchairs. That way we could have celebrated Britishness in its current glory !

    Yeah, thinking about it, probably a good move promoting other countries successes, we don’t have many.

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  75. Rosco Says:

    Indain channel Aaj Tak will be going fta on June 1st, so get hassling them for a Freesat launch :D

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  76. Richard Crichton Says:

    admin said: Paid for by us, sold by them! I thought the passing of the torch was meant to be a form of relay; surely that means passing it on, not keeping it!

    That would make the gas tank needed too heavy to carry as it would be dangerous to keep on refilling the tiny tank in the torches during the relay.
    They do pass it on in a way;on the web by selling it. :-) :-)

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