Feb 032014

Almost four in five people who buy a 3D TV regret it, according to a new study.

1,172 3D TV owners were asked by the study in the UK.

The study showed 79% of 3D TV owners responded to the question “Are you glad you purchased a 3D TV?” by saying “no – I regret doing so”.

When asked why they regretted it, the answers broke down as follows :
•There isn’t a wide range of 3D films and channels – 61%
•Had to purchase 3D extras (3D glasses, 3D source device, etc.) – 57%
•Causes symptoms of nausea, headaches and/or dizziness – 31%
•Dislike wearing glasses whilst watching 3D TV – 24%
•Unable to see 3D – 5%


Jul 032013

BBC Sport have confirmed that the ladies’ and gentlemen’s singles finals and semi-finals will be available to watch in 3D.

The BBC TV 3D broadcasts are part of the corporation’s two year trial of 3D TV.

The ladies’ and gentlemen’s singles finals and semi-finals will be available to watch in 3D for those who have access to a 3D TV and the BBC’s HD Red Button service.

So Freesat HD users will be able to watch these finals in 3D.

However, Sky HD users will not, as the BBC HD Red Button services is NOT available on the SkyHD boxes.

Previous 3D broadcasts have been carried on the BBC HD channel, but with the channel being replaced by an HD simulcast of BBC Two, coverage will instead be seen via the Red Button.

Now that the BBC HD channel – the previous home of BBC 3D – has closed, viewers will be able to go 3D with a compatible 3D TV on the BBC Red Button HD channel, available on Freeview, YouView, Freesat, Virgin Media but not Sky.

Live TV Coverage of Wimbledon 2013 BBC will be covering Wimbledon on BBC1, BBC1HD, BBC2, BBC2HD, BBC Red Button, Radio Five Live.

BBC Red Button Frequencies

TV coverage in Spain will be by Canal+

Jan 272013

It was not so long ago that we had to exchange our old box televisions for flat-screens.   And then there were the endless upgrades to high definition and screens that could show 3D images.   But it seems it could all have be in vain as the technology is already out of date through the arrival of the 4K picture.

The ultra-high quality definition is four times as sharp as standard quality high definition and is close to that viewed only in an Imax cinema.   However, for those wishing to view the latest picture in their own living room, they must have plenty of room available for the 84inch screen and plenty of spare cash.   Sony has brought out a model that is more than 7ft wide and can play the new technology. Costing £25,000, only Harrods in central London currently sells the television.

The giant screen can convert ordinary television into 3D, and comes with five pairs of glasses for viewing the pin-sharp images.   Even without 3D, the ultra-high definition images are 16 times sharper than those on a normal television.

Experts say the television’s picture is so technologically advanced that few broadcasters can yet take advantage of its full potential.

It may also solve family arguments. The screen is so large that it can be split, allowing viewers to watch two movies at once – and it has voice-activated and motion controls, putting an end to fruitless searches for the remote.

Those preferring something more discreet might wish to wait for the 65-inch version or even the dinky 55-inch, which will be in the shops this summer.

The emergence of 4K comes as the BBC is preparing to film it’s next meerkat natural history programme using the new technology.   The series, being made by the BBC’s Natural History Unit in Bristol, will show how animals go through the same basic life stages as humans.   ‘We are looking at six ages of man as seen through animal lives,’ Mike Gunton, creative director of the NHU, told The Independent.   ‘It’s looking at the trials and tribulations that animals face at different stages of their lives and how different species have different solutions – from birth, to growing up, to adolescence, to finding their first home, to finding their place in the social hierarchy, to getting a mate and finally having offspring of their own.   ‘There’s a new reality which those images give. I think it makes the images more engaging. You feel you can almost touch them and get into the heads of the animals.’