Dodge Retort: Sports in 3D-The 2nd Best to Being There in Person

By John Dodge

news@cisco.com

Most Americans probably know what 3D video is, but few have experienced it as the latest step in the 60-year evolution of television.

3D TV has been with us for about 12-18 months and has been a major topic at the last two Consumer Electronics Shows, the premier venue for the introduction of new digital technologies. So it was with great anticipation on Sept. 2 that hundreds of season tickets holders, Verizon FIOS customers and media types (me) enjoyed the opportunity to watch the first NFL game broadcast in 3D.

The broadcast was courtesy of the Verizon FIOS folks who aired the Sept. 2 pre-season game between the New England Patriots and New York Giants. Guests were invited to view the broadcast in each team’s respective stadiums and a sports bar in both Providence, R.I. and New York.

The viewers gathering at Gillette Stadium, home of the Patriots, were not disappointed.

“It’s very cool. The field goal shot is incredible. You pick the ball right out of the air,” said Phillipston, Mass. resident Jim White.

The camera shot is key to the 3D experience. For instance, if the quarterback is throwing the ball toward the camera, the viewer gets the sensation that the ball is coming to them. White picked up on that immediately.

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