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BBC to ramp up 3DTV output

April 12, 2012

By Chris Forrester

The BBC is planning a considerable increase in its 3DTV output. An – as yet – unnamed drama shot in 3D is being planned. This could refer to the widely anticipated 3D version of Doctor Who, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2013 and where ‘multiple specials’ are known to be under consideration.

The BBC’s head of 3D, Kim Shillingshaw, speaking to trade magazine Broadcast, said the BBC was even considering broadcasting a dedicated 3D channel, and would be testing various content including arts and science programming in 3D.

The BBC has already offered VoD material in 3D on its iPlayer OTT service, and has recently experimented with flagship programming such as Strictly Come Dancing and Antiques Roadshow in 3D.

This year’s Wimbledon tennis championships will also be carried in 3D, as will special transmissions from the London Olympics. There have also been strong hints that the BBC will cover some aspects of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in 3D. BSkyB captured some aspects of last year’s Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton in 3D.


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