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Sony 3D FAQ

11 June 2010

Why are SBS doing 3D?

3D is the latest broadcasting technology and with the support of commercial partners Sony and Harvey Norman and technical partners Broadcast Australia and Optus, SBS can be the first to bring the largest sporting event in the world in 3D to Australians.

What channel will the 3D broadcast be on?

Channel 40. To watch 3D, viewers must have a High Definition Television set with 3D capabilities. To most viewers without a 3D TV the signal will appear as a black screen.

What programs will be available in 3D during the trial?

There will be 15 live World Cup games and 3 State of Origin games available for the duration of the trial. Click here to view our 3D broadcast schedule. In between the live games, replays of the games in addition to demonstration material will be provided.

Will this interfere with the standard definition and high definition broadcasts?

No. SBS will be broadcasting all of the matches during the World Cup live on SBS ONE, SBS TWO and SBS HD. SBS will also be streaming the matches online at www.sbs.com.au/theworldgame and broadcasting some matches on SBS Radio. It will also be available on Optus Mobile.

Why did you require some events to be temporarily removed from the anti-siphoning list?


All of the matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ are listed on the Government’s anti-siphoning list which requires them to be premiered on SBS’s main channel SBS ONE before they appear on SBS’s other channels. In the early rounds of the World Cup (in particular the group match stage) some of the matches were being played simultaneously, meaning only one match would be able to be broadcast live. The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has given SBS special permission to premiere some World Cup matches on SBS’s second, digital only channel SBS TWO. This means that all matches from the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ will be shown live and free-to-air to Australian audiences.

Does this mean they won’t be shown on free-to-air television in the future?

No. The events will be re-listed for the future. SBS already holds the exclusive and official rights for the 2014 FIFA World Cup to be held in Brazil.
SBS will broadcast 15 live World Cup 2010 games in 3 Dimensional Television, this is in addition to the 2 Dimensional which will be available to view on SBS ONE and SBS TWO.
The 3D test transmission commenced on 19th May 2010 and will continue until 19th July 2010 (temporary licences have been provided by ACMA). Prior to the World Cup (11th June 2010), viewers can watch 3D demonstration material and State of Origin replays.

Where can I receive the 3D signal?

The SBS 3D TV test transmission will be broadcast terrestrially in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Wollongong.

How can I watch the 3D Television?

In the cities mentioned above, terrestrial transmission is available with the exception of Newcastle. If you are currently receiving the SBS services from those sites, you should be able to receive the 3D signal.
Consumers in Brisbane area may experience some difficulties, as some of the receive antennas installed there may not satisfactorily receive channel 50.
Viewers outside these cities can receive only if they install a satellite dish pointing to Optus C1 with an MPEG-4 satellite receiver connected to their 3D television set. The Optus C1 satellite is in the same orbital slot as the Aurora, Austar and Foxtel satellite services. Your local satellite installer can provide you with more information on how to access the service.
Consumers with MPEG-4 HD capable, which includes "Freeview certified", receivers will have a display of "side by side" pictures in which both pictures are almost identical. This is how the 3D information is transmitted, one for the left eye and the other for the right eye. The picture can only be viewed in 3D format using a 3D TV set.

Can I use my TV set after the trial?

You can continue using your High Definition 3DTV set after the trial, as the sets are designed to work in both 2D and 3D mode.
FTA have initially only been granted a 2 month licence to broadcast in 3D and it will be necessary to lobby the government to make more spectrum available beyond that 2 month period. More spectrum will be made available when we move to Digital.

Who do I contact if I have problems?

If the 3D test transmission causes interference to other radio communications or you have problems with your digital television tuning or reception, please contact SBS on 1800 500 727.

Where can I get more information on 3D Television?

You can visit the following websites:
Sony 3D World
Harvey Norman

How do I install my 3D TV?

Let Tech2home install your new TV, and you will have the best seat in the house before the finals! Tech2home makes life easy by installing your TV and guaranteeing the best possible picture and sound available. They will come to your home, set up your 3D TV, fix any reception issues, remove all that packaging and even give you some quick lessons if you need it, all in the comfort of your own home! Simply call 1300 83 24 24 or visit www.tech2home.com.au or go to your nearest Harvey Norman outlet for more information.

Why may I not be able to view the SBS 3D transmission?

The Brisbane 3D transmitter is running much lower power than the SBS Digital transmitter so coverage will be limited to people with clear line of sight to Mt Coot-tha. Viewers with antennas pointed to Mt Tamborine (Gold Coast) or Bald Knob (Sunshine Coast) are unlikely to receive the 3D. A more powerful transmitter may be available next week.

Sydney viewers with antennas pointed at Gore Hill or Artarmon who can view the SBS Digital service should be able to get the 3D service. Viewers with antennas pointed towards Kings Cross, North Head (Manly) or Bouddi translators are unlikely to be able to receive the 3D.

Melbourne viewers with antennas pointed towards Mt Dandenong who can view the SBS Digital service should be able to get the 3D service.  Viewers with antennas pointed towards Como Building (South Yarra), Ferntree Gully, Upwey Selby, Rosebud or Arthurs Seat translators are unlikely to be able to receive the 3D.

Adelaide viewers with antennas pointed towards Mt Lofty who can view the SBS Digital service should be able to get the 3D service. Viewers with antennas pointed towards Grenfell Centre (Adelaide Foothills) or Makin (Elizabeth South) translators are unlikely to be able to receive the 3D.

Perth viewers with antennas pointed towards Bickley who can view the SBS Digital service should be able to get the 3D service. Viewers with antennas pointed towards Roleystone or Toodyay translators are unlikely to be able to receive the 3D.

Newcastle viewers with antennas pointed towards Centenary Lookout (Kotara) or Cooks Hill (Merewether) and who can view the SBS Digital service should be able to get the 3D service. Viewers with antenna pointed towards Mt Sugarloaf are less likely to be able to receive the 3D unless they are located close to Centenary Lookout or Cooks Hill.

View coverage maps by geographic location.

Melbourne
Sydney
Perth
Adelaide
Newcastle (Cooks Hill)
Newcastle (Kotara)
Wollongong
Brisbane: The coverage map is unavailable


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