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3-D NFL in Testing

by November 24, 2008
Couldnt find a picture of the other kind of football

Couldn't find a picture of the other kind of football

While this is not the first time the NFL has filmed a game in 3-D (the Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers was filmed in 3-D in 2004), the technology has finally matured to the point where it can be broadcast, reports the Wall Street Journal. While the event is closed to the public (so call all your friends who might know a guy that knows a guy and start begging), on December 4th, a game between the San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders will be broadcast live in 3-D to theaters in Los Angeles, New York and Boston. You don't have to be a fan of either team (or the sport for that matter) to want to get invited to the screening.

So far, only industry professionals such as NFL broadcasting partners and equipment manufacturers are invited to attend... plus we're sure a few people with the right contacts are getting in as well. No word on which theaters though the selection of 3-D equipped theaters even in the large participating cities is limited so you might just drive around looking for scalpers. If you see someone passing out glasses (attendees have to wear them to get the 3-D effect), you'll know you're in the right place. Reportedly, there will be other displays and technology on hand to show what is possible in people's homes.

There are currently a number of manufacturers that have 3-D capable displays on the market through their usefulness has been limited to date. Since a standard has not been set by the industry as of yet, it is unclear if these displays would even be compatible with and future 3-D technologies. 3ality Digital will shoot the game with special 3D cameras and transmit the footage to the participating theaters via satellite.

There is a lot to get excited about here, though what exact shape the future with take is not yet clear. Will we be paying to see special events like the Super Bowl in 3-D at local theaters (they better start serving beer and hot wings)? Will they come up with a standard and a method of delivery of 3-D content into people's homes? Will they ever get rid of those glasses? Will we be able to watch it for extended periods of time without getting a headache? This could be the savior of local theaters or it could be the next big thing after HDTV. While we don't relish the thought of having to upgrade our TVs again, we wouldn't mind if they could make this a reality.

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