There's always an argument that watching sports on TV, no matter how large your screen, is never as good as seeing the event first hand. Helping to blur the boundary further during the current Six Nations rugby matches, the BBC is proposing to broadcast the 8th of March match between England and Scotland in 3D as a proof of concept test.
The event will be a limited showing held at the BBCs Riverside studio and is being orchestrated by both the Beeb and a consortium named the3Dfirm. The broadcast will be filmed using three separate camera rigs, themselves comprised of a pair of high-definition Sony HDC950s cameras, transmitted via satellite to Riverside and then shown on a big screen. Viewers will have to wear stereoscopic glasses to see the 3D effect.
The 3D broadcast is set to be a standalone affair, so commentary is likely to be sourced from the main BBC Sports feed. As this is the first time the BBC has trialled 3D broadcasts, the video isn't likely to be as well cut together as standard footage, but those lucky enough to get in on the action are unlikely to have cause to complain.
Aashish Chandarana, BBC Sport Innovations Executive, commented:
"We're trying to do something no-one's tried before and bounce dual HD signals around and re-encode them as a 3D experience. Editorially it will not be a fast-cut TV experience but more the experience you'd get if you were at Murrayfield. We're experimenting with camera positions. There won't be too many fast-cuts, fast pans or zoom close ups. The director will be new to this too."