Sky to show final pre-season test in 3D

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Paul di Resta, Daniel Ricciardo, Jerez, 2013Sky have announced they will show the final pre-season test of 2013 live and in 3D.

Footage from the four-day test at the Circuit de Catalunya from February 28th to March 3rd will be broadcast from 2pm on the Sky 3D and Sky Sports F1 channels. Coverage on the final day will start at 1pm.

The coverage will be presented by Simon Lazenby with commentary from David Croft. It will also be shown in HD for those without 3D televisions.

Sky’s director of 3D John Cassy said: ??It?s proved a huge success with other sports, and now for the first time ever, 3D will bring TV viewers a new perspective on Formula 1.

Sky F1 commentator Martin Brundle said: “3D will show us the real challenges of the race track with added depth and perspective. It will be a new, immersive experience for viewers and I can?t wait to see what F1 action in 3D will reveal.”

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45 comments on Sky to show final pre-season test in 3D

  1. maxthecat said on 6th February 2013, 13:59

    Should be great. F1 races will never be fully broadcast in 3D though, the cost per track would be too much. Sky are at least bringing something to the sport but they’ll have an uphill struggle to do too much. I remember it took FOM until mid 2000’s to even broadcast in widescreen!

  2. SPIDERman (@spiderman) said on 6th February 2013, 18:53

    i hope am not missing something..but let me ask does it mean those with no 3D capable HD tv will not be able to watch this test? or wil SKY transmit both 3D and normal HD broadcasts for this test?
    anyway me thinks sky being a heavily commercial driven entity is just trying to boost sales by blasting out adverts while selling/hoping to get more customers onto their platform.

  3. Peter_GH said on 6th February 2013, 20:19

    While its good to get some coverage of the test, My concern is that the coverage will be tailored for the 3d so that those without in hd end up watching a sub-par broadcast.

    i say this as i now that 3d tends to require very specific camera locations & the cameras need to be operated a different way to ensure that the 3d effect works. this is why the 3d coverage of football uses different cameras/locations to the standard hd broadcast, same was true at wimbledon last year.

  4. skipgamer (@skipgamer) said on 7th February 2013, 4:34

    I can’t imagine the 60fps 3d cameras being able to capture good results for fast-moving shots such as the scenery from the in-car camera, or low-fov shots following a car. Worth a try though, I’m sure they’ll be some shots that are just spectacular in 3d.

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