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FIFA considers scrapping 3-D coverage of World Cup

Discussion in 'Sports Programming and Events' started by Athlon646464, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. Athlon646464

    Athlon646464 Gold Members DBSTalk Gold Club

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    FIFA considers scrapping 3-D coverage of World Cup

    FIFA is considering scrapping 3-D broadcasts of the next World Cup, describing ESPN's decision to abandon the format as another setback for the technology.

    The sports network said earlier this week that there weren't enough viewers in the United States to make 3-D broadcasts worth the investment, and ESPN's dedicated channel will close by the end of the year.

    "We know that the technology has had a few setbacks in recent days, if you refer to some of the statements by (ESPN),'' Niclas Ericson, FIFA's director of television, said Wednesday at a briefing during the Confederations Cup.

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  2. RAD

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    ESPN says they're pulling the channel because there wasn't enough viewers. Maybe it would have helped if more systems would have carried the channel as part of a regular programming package, like DIRECTV did, or made the price to get it affordable. TWC here offered it but it was $10/month extra for just that one channel, even hard core 3D fans would balk at that price.
     
  3. harsh

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    With the very large stadiums, soccer really isn't a very good match for 3D that begs for lots of close-up activity to get the best results.
     
  4. harsh

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    If only 6% of the viewing population is able to utilize the content, it doesn't really matter how you package it.
     
  5. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    With the very large stadiums, soccer really isn't a very good match for 3D that begs for lots of close-up activity to get the best results.


    Not really the case, I watched a few months back a soccer game on 3D and it was awesome and I am not a big fan of 3D
     
  6. joed32

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    It didn't have enough content either, mostly just repeats of 3 or 3 year old events.
     
  7. RAD

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    Could be the old chicken and the egg problem. There weren't enough systems that carried the channel, so there wasn't enough potential views. Lack of potential views means lack of advertisers to help offset the costs of creating new programming.
     
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    Or there just isn't a market.
     

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