South Korea is the First to Broadcast 3-D Over the Air

Posted Wed May 12, 2010 at 09:00 AM PDT by Dick Ward

Four major networks will begin 3-D broadcasts within the next few weeks.

On May 19th, South Korea will start testing over-the-air 3-D broadcasts. It all kicks off with the 2010 Colorful Daegu Pre-Championships Meeting, which, from the look of it, appears to be a track meet. It may not be the most exciting event to broadcast, but it's live, OTA 3-D.

The South Korean broadcasting company seems to be leading the charge is SBS. They're starting with three hours of 3-D programming a day on May 19th and expanding for the summer, when they'll be showing 25 matches from the FIFA World Cup.

Other broadcasters, like the education oriented EBS, won't be focusing on live 3-D quite as much, and don't know just how much they'll be able to use it. They specialize in documentaries though, which could result in some pretty impressive sights.

Oh Nam-seok is an official from the KCC, which you can think of as a Koran FCC. "This is the first time anywhere in the world that live 3D television will be tested on a land-based network," he says, adding "The participation of all four terrestrial television networks will contribute to accelerating the road toward commercialization."

Source: Korea Times

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