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The 2012 Summer Olympics in 3D

The 2012 Summer Olympics in London start on July 27th. On July 20th, reports surfaced regarding the games to be televised in 3D to over 80% of the households in the USA. AT&T U-Verse, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS, and eleven other cable providers will broadcast these games via NBC with 3D technology courtesy of Panasonic. .

Due to the time difference in England, all televised games in North America will be delayed. However the 3D coverage will be delayed by an extra 24 hours. Panasonic states NBC decided to delay the 3D broadcasts for business reasons, not technical issues. Olympics enthusiasts who must watch the games right away may not want to wait an extra 24 hours to watch these events in 3D. Since the 3D games will be shown on a different channel, we don’t understand why they can’t play both the 2D and 3D broadcasts simultaneously.

The events scheduled to be broadcast in 3D are:

  • Opening and Closing Ceremonies
  • Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics
  • Selected Indoor Swimming and Diving Events
  • Bicycle Racing
  • Track and Field Events from the main Olympic Stadium

The total running time for the 2012 Olympics is 242 hours, (12 hours per day).  The opening ceremonies will take place on July 27 while the closing ceremonies will be on August 12. A full listing of each sporting event can be seen here.