Channel 4 to go 3D
Plans week of 3D shows, films and magic tricks
Not to be outdone by Sky, Channel 4 has broadcast plans for a week-long series of 3D TV programmes.
Instead of broadcasting everything from John Snow’s news announcements to Hollyoaks re-runs in 3D, Channel 4 will only air selected shows in three dimensions.
For example, several movies and a Darren Brown magic hour - 3D Magic Spectacular - have been prepped for a 3D makeover. A rundown of the best ever 3D moments will also be shown.
Channel 4 has even obtained some apparently rare footage of the Queen from around the time of her 1953 coronation, which the channel’s planning to broadcast in 3D.
Perhaps the show will even give the Queen herself a few ideas on ways to jazz up her annual Christmas speech?
The channel has opted to use Danish ColorCode technology for the broadcasts, requiring viewers to wear special glasses with amber and blue filter lenses. The amber filter relays colour information and the blue filter helps create that 3D depth of field.
Specs will be punted out free-of-charge through supermarket chain Sainsbury’s, with the first 3D programmes set to be shown this autumn.
Channel 4’s announcement follows a similar – but better – unveiling by Sky, which has inked plans to launch a subscription-based TV channel dedicated entirely to 3D programming. ®
Does anyone remember Magic Carpet?
Never seen it before or since, but Magic Carpet on the PC had a 'dynamic' Magic Eye 3D mode where you could (try to) play the game by staring cross-eyed at a mass of moving swirly patterns.
The 3D effect worked about as well as any static Magic Eye pic, but made playing the game absolutely impossible and was entertaining for about 4 seconds. It also had a coloured lenses 3D mode but my PC wasn't fast enough to run that....
The BBC also did a 3D week, maybe 20 years ago now, where the glasses simply used one clear lens and one tinted one. The effect only worked on shots panning in one direction, and was something to do with dark images taking slightly longer for the brain to process hence the parallax in the footage led to a mild 3D effect.
I can see a future where there'll be 4 different sets of 3D specs technology lined up next to all the remote controls.
Re: Hold on.....
"The Restaurant at the End of the Universe" (1st ed.) has "tired TV producers".
Can we see him in 3D?
3D Time Team!
As the only "real" programme on C4 that gets any decent viewing ratings surely 3D Time Team would be the most successful collaboration.
That way you will get most benefit from when the camera man slips in cheeky bosom and cleavage shots of the female archaeologist!??
of course the downside, is you might get dust in your eyes?
another Sainsbury's exclusive
WTF do these companies go for Sainburies?????
They're not nationwide - the nearest one to me is over 30 miles away and the one after that is another 30 miles away.
Like comic relief, they're going to lose out on a big part of the market if they stick with this bunch of losers (helping the entire UK with their BBQs my a**e)