3D TV by Christmas, hints Sky
The Queen's Speech... stereoscopically?
Sky subscribers could be treated to 3D TV this coming Christmas, the broadcaster has said.
The firm’s Chief Engineer, Chris Johns, said that there’s the possibility that homes could “see 3D” by the end of the year and it’s aiming to “build a content library over the coming year”.
Sky’s already claimed to have successfully demonstrated 3D TV at its London HQ. And it said back in January that a commercial 3D TV service “could be launched any time in the next two years”.
3D broadcasts will most likely be available through Sky's existing Sky+ HD platform, the company has since said. Early adopters will have to fork out extra for a new telly capable of displaying the stereoscopic images and special specs to separate out the left- and right-eye views. ®
"buy a cheap £4.5K new car and you'll get a plastic dashboard that falls off and a car that sounds like a set of roadworks above 40mph."
I know this is kinda off topic, but if you shop around you can get a new Citroen C1 for little more than that, and that is a well built little motor, and I've never had any problems with it above 40 thats for sure. I have nothing against rants, but rants need to be factually correct :)
hmmmmm luddites Part II
@"I still use an old telly, but plugged into a Windows Media Center (which may well soon become a Mtyh box...) and the 7.1 surround sound system it drives. OK, 7.1 is over-kill and it's just a crappy CreativeLabs system...but wow. What a difference.
I would go far as to say that the sound is more important than the picture. So when will I get 5.1 surround broadcast over the air, huh? That's what I want, not more lines on the screen."
nah - 7.1 is good if the room can handle it. i have a long narrow lounge so my surrounds are behind me and to the side and my 2 surround rears (the 6.1 and 7.1 elements) are at the back of the room. they add a nice depth. not to mention if you have a good amp it will do 7.1 stereo for music... which sounds amazing! (2 walls of stereo, with the center speaker taking the majority of the vocals etc). and as you say, 'wow, what a difference' that is because you are listening to 3d sound.... not just sound coming from 'over there'. the sound is around you. and no, those TVs that claim to give surround sound from a set of stereo speakers dont sound anywhere near as good as the proper thing.... trust me (ok, i havent tried the bose £3,000 ones but my TV has top end speakers built in and sounds nowhere near as good as the separates and speakers)
i would say if you can afford it get rid of that creative laps kit and get some proper speakers and a decent amp. i went with a 5.1 (little sony AV system) first but slowly upgraded to 7.1 yamaha amp and mordaunt short speakers... the difference is as good again from stereo to the sony 5.1 setup. also you find that amps and separates dont make the bloody hum of a PC! and btw - BBC HD channel does 5.1 when it can - so things like blue planet etc are (i think) in 5.1. some stuff definately is (heroes for example) and there was even cat stevens live on at xmas - in 5.1 - it sounded awesome! i just wish i'd waited another year to get the dolbyTRUEHD amps... uncompressed sound... lovely. although im more than happy with my current setup.
remember that 7.1 isnt really used on many films - there are some 6.1 (blade 2 for example) but not many that i have found. i would rather go for a decent amp as mine does lots of config with a mic and it adjusts the reverb etc for your particular room... very impessive!
Don't see the point
Why are Sky wasting money on this? 3D was a fad in the 60s and is still a fad today. Just who do they think is going to be interested in this? The market will be limited to handful surely!
Nuts. Why not concentrate that money on making the Sky+ and Sky+ HD EPG actually decent, i.e. with proper series links that actually link *all* series and across channels, ability to have wish list / keyword / metatag recording, and something infinitely better than Anytime (e.g. like Suggestions on TiVo which is based on your viewing likes and dislikes, not what Sky want to force on you and then find you can't watch because you don't subscribe to the relevant channel, but it'll eat disc space for it anyway) ?
Better still, add support for online content, iPlayer etc.
And why not also concentrate on making Sky+ HD boxes reliable. Stop putting dodgy components in the boxes to save money for a start!
3D! Pah. They're as nuts as Lucas.
All the negative comments on here seem to have missed something crucial here. Yes, no-one's going to buy it and no-one's going to wear the specs and no-one's going to fork out for another telly and no-one's going to watch the invariably crap programs that are produced (i'm excluding the real hardcore gadget freaks here).
The crucial bit you've all missed is - yet.
So it looks stupid now but call me a 'my-glass-is-empty-but-I-know-it'll-get-filled-soon-optimist' if you will but given that the world around is 3D why shouldn't our entertainment be 3D too?
The technological aspects will be solved. The initially microscopic market will expand. And 10 or 15 years from now the next generation that may come across these comments will wonder what the fuck all the fuss was about and just how or why we put up with 2D for so long.
Yes it's shit at the moment but you could say that about any emergent tech. Give it a chance peeps and you never know, mofo holodecks may not be too far away.
Memories of the scene from Jonathan Creek springs to mind.