[LINK] Fwd: MR59-10: ACMA issues licences for 3D TV trials [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Tom Worthington tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Fri May 21 09:17:30 AEST 2010

Antony Barry wrote:
> Begin forwarded message:
>> ... 14 May 2010 1:16:37 PM AEST ... The Australian Communications
>> and Media Authority is today issuing licences which will allow the
>> Nine Network and the SBS to conduct scientific trials of 3D TV  ...  live telecasts of the three State of Origin rugby league
>> matches. ...

"Scientific" trials of 3D TV for rugby league sounds like a spoof worthy
of Professor Klerphell.

The real science in this is the small number of current broadcasters 
seeing how much valuable spectrum they can get for free, or at least tie 
up as long as possible, to prevent competition from IPTV.

The spectrum was previously planned to be used for mobile TV. It will be 
interesting to see what non-product the broadcasters come up with after 
3D TV, to tie up use of the spectrum.

The Australian Government has a policy to provide Internet access widely 
across the community and the country. The best use of this spectrum is 
therefore likely to be to provide Internet access. If video content 
companies (ie: "broadcasters") want to provide wireless access, they can 
pay to use that communications mechanism for 3D TV, mobile TV, 
smell-vision, or other throwback from the 1950s.

The spectrum should not be locked into one narrow use, such as one way 
video transmission from a small number of companies who have an 
ologolopy, due to previous technical restrictions which applied to now 
obsolete analogue transmission technology.

Tom Worthington FACS CP HLM, TomW Communications Pty Ltd. t: 0419496150
PO Box 13, Belconnen ACT 2617, Australia  http://www.tomw.net.au
Adjunct Lecturer, The Australian National University t: 02 61255694
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