Australia: Nine selected for 3D Olympics trials

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has agreed to issue licences to Nine Network Australia, provided certain conditions are met, to conduct trials of 3DTV featuring daily highlights of the 2012 Olympic Games, ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman has confirmed.

The ACMA has considered Nine’s applications to use unassigned TV channels for 3DTV trials in Adelaide, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

“Viewers with a 3D television should be able to view the trial if they are within the coverage area of the trial services,” Chapman said.

To ensure that viewers understand the month-long transmission will only be available in certain areas, the Nine Network has agreed to implement a range of consumer protection measures.

The ACMA developed the measures in consultation with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission following misleading statements from a number of electronics retailers during previous 3DTV trials.

“Viewers need to be aware these broadcasts are temporary trials of the 3DTV format and that the long term technology is still developing,” Chapman advised.

Detailed information about the coverage areas and other aspects of the trials will be available from the Nine Network before the services are due to commence on 16 July.

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