3D Summer on BBC


The BBC are continuing their trials of 3D distribution in the UK. The Planet Dinosaur series will available to viewers on the BBC HD channel, as will Last Night of the Proms. Selected coverage of Wimbledon and the Olympics was also be part of the "BBC's two-year trial experimenting with 3D production and distribution".

Adapted from the award winning Planet Dinosaur, Planet Dinosaur 3D will air on BBC HD in August. According to the BBC this is one of the most ambitious animated programmes ever attempted for broadcast TV in 3D.

On the 8th of September 2012 BBC will broadcast Last Night of the Proms in 3D. Eight specialist cameras will be used for the production. A remote camera will be based within the orchestra that rotates to 180 degrees and can pan and tilt.

This week end starts the 3D experience on BBC with selected coverage of Wimbledon in 3D, this builds on the success of last years finals, which were also broadcast in 3D.

The BBC will provide 3D coverage of the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games in London 2012. They will also broadcast the Men's 100m final and highlight packages at the end of each day in 3D.

Kim Shillinglaw, Head of BBC 3D, says: “Our recent announcement around Wimbledon and the London 2012 Olympics will provide a test-bed for what works around major sporting events, but we were keen to build our experience across a selection of genres. Bringing Planet Dinosaur and The Last Night of the Proms to audiences enable us to test the technology across various genres and establish where 3D really enhances the viewers’ experience.”