DON’T go rushing out to buy a 3D television to watch tonight’s State of Origin – it will be of no use at all.
Despite being widely promoted as the opportunity for viewers to catch their first free-to-air 3D television experience, tonight’s Origin will not be broadcast in 3D to viewers in the Clarence Valley.
In NSW it will only be available in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong.
Channel Nine’s broadcast of Origin I will be relayed to North Coast viewers through NBN, which confirmed yesterday it would not be broadcasting in 3D.
Digital engineering manager Steven Brown said the transmission was a Channel Nine test, and transmission sites were limited.
He said the 3D signal could not be broadcast from regular transmitters, and Channel Nine, together with other partners, had set up special test transmitters for trial broadcasts.
“You have to have permission from the Australian Communications and Media Authority and buy a licence,” he said.
The Channel Nine test would last for nine weeks.
To watch in 3D, viewers need a special television, such as those being demonstrated at Harvey Norman stores. Those with regular digital televisions tuning into the 3D broadcast (channel 40), will only see a black screen with “test transmission” or similar on it.