Friday, 5 July 2013

No more 3D BBC programming

So, a much-publicised multi-Doctor 3D anniversary special is going to be a one-off technical exercise for the BBC...again. Let's hope that the 50th anniversary exercise goes better than "Dimensions in Time".

Ahem. The BBC has announced that they're coming to the end of a two-year trial for 3D technology and shaln't continue with it for the indefinite future: "A Doctor Who anniversary special in November will be among the final shows televised in 3D as part of the trial." They've been testing out such programming for a couple of projects, mostly sports, but the viewer uptake is still quite low, and with the recession on the BBC isn't finding it profitable or practical. Even Kim Shillinglaw, head of 3D technology, apparently wasn't enthralled with the new tool. "I have never seen a very big appetite for 3D television in the UK...I think when people watch TV they concentrate in a different way. When people go to the cinema they go and are used to doing one thing - I think that's one of the reasons that take up of 3D TV has been disappointing...It's the right time for a good old pause". (She had a proper serious job as head of science and natural programming and will be returning to that at the end of the year, so hurrah for her at least.) You can read all about it in the Radio Times.

4 comments :

derekfff said...

GOOD! I hope the DW 2d version doesnt suffer from 3d either, i really dislike 3D

Ingold Inglorion said...

What a waste of time and money...how much more could have been added to the 50th if they hadn't wasted money on 3D? I'm sure the vortex effects will look spectacular to those three people that actually own a 3D telly...

Guywhothinksstuff said...

In my experience most don't even want it at the cinema, but it's an option we're often without there. No-one wants to be sitting at home to watch their favourite show and have to dig around for their 3d specs.

Dr. Omega said...

FYI - Shaln't isn't a word. I believe you are looking for shan't