Nine secures trial 3D licence ahead of Olympics

The Nine Network has secured a trial 3D licence from the Australian Communications and Media Authority ahead of the London Olympics. The 3D channel will broadcast up to five hours of Olympic coverage on top of what will already be broadcast on Nine and digital channel, Gem.

The announcement:

The Nine Network has secured an exciting addition to its comprehensive free-to-air coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games: a trial 3D licence from the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

The trial 3D licence will allow viewers with a 3D-enabled television within the five city metro areas – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, and on the Gold Coast – to enjoy up to five hours of 3D Olympic Games action daily, provided by the host broadcaster.

The exclusive 3D package will complement Nine’s extensive coverage of the Olympic Games, bringing the network’s daily on-air commitment to London 2012 to almost 24 hours of continuous daily coverage across Nine, GEM and the dedicated 3D channel.

The 3D package will follow London Gold at 11.00am on an allocated 3D channel. It features the Opening Ceremony and events including the Swimming finals, Gymnastics, Athletics, Canoe Slalom, Synchronised Swimming and Diving, and concludes each day with a one-hour highlights program.

“Wide World of Sports continually employs state-of-the-art sports broadcast technology to provide the best television event for our audience. The addition of a 3D package to the Nine Network’s coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games ensures Australians will get the very best television coverage at no charge to our viewers,” Nine Network Managing Director, Jeffrey Browne, said.

Source: Nine Network press release

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