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Sky tests F1 3D

March 1, 2013

By Colin Mann

f1-lotusIn what it describes as a “one-off experiment”, Sky is transmitting the second pre-season Formula One test in Barcelona in 3D.

Sky has the rights to show live all Formula One races in the UK, with 2013 marking the second year of its coverage, launching a dedicated Sky F1 HD channel in 2012. The test sessions, which continue up until March 3rd, are being shown on the digital satellite service’s Sky 3D channel.

“It’ll be fascinating to see what it looks like,” said John Cassy, Head of Sky 3D, who noted that F1 was the 14th different sport that Sky had covered in 3D.

Observers present at a Central London screening of the live coverage noted a number of shots that gave a better perception of distance between cars on the track, and work in the pits, than in 2D – but other shots with objects such as tyre barriers in the foreground were considered distracting. Ex-Grand Prix driver turned Sky F1 commentator and expert analyst Anthony Davidson said the format gave a clearer indication of action that was often afforded by some circuit commentary monitors.

The live coverage was made possible with the co-operation of broadcast rights holder Formula One Management, controlled by Bernie Ecclestone.

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