Australia issues licences for 3D TV trials

Friday, May 14th, 2010 
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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is today issuing licences which will allow the Nine Network and the SBS to conduct scientific trials of 3D TV in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Newcastle and Wollongong.

The licences allow the trial operators to test new radiocommunications technologies between 19 May 2010 and 19 July 2010 by broadcasting 3D high definition television to viewers with access to 3D-enabled digital television receivers. The trials will include live telecasts of the three State of Origin rugby league matches.

‘The ACMA supports the development and demonstration of new broadcasting technologies and is pleased to be able to assist with the trialling of 3D TV,’ said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman.

The ACMA understands retailers will be using the trials to showcase the first generation of 3D television receivers.

‘It is important people are aware that these trials have only been approved for this two month period,’ said Mr Chapman.

Information on the 3D TV trials (including the specific licence conditions attaching to these trials) and scientific trials is also available on the ACMA website.