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

Michael Skeggs mike@bystander.net mskeggs at gmail.com
Fri May 21 10:56:36 AEST 2010

I think Tom was suggesting using the spectrum for TV, 3d or not, is a
free kick for the TV companies, and it would be better to give it over
to wireless data uses.
I think the best thing about 3D TV is walking past the window of JB
Hi-Fi and laughing at the geese getting a demo instore with their
bulky glasses on.

Michael Skeggs

On 21 May 2010 09:34, Richard Chirgwin <rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au> wrote:
> Tom Worthington wrote:
>> 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.
> To be fair, Tom, the mobile TV trials just didn't go that well. Nobody
> cared; my feeling is that it was already overtaken by what you could get
> on a mobile phone.
> Since IP TV doesn't need wireless spectrum, how does the spectrum
> prevent the competition? All you need for IP TV is a reasonably fast
> Internet connection, and the content.
> Finally, since there are still millions of TV viewers in the country,
> myself included, it is at least reasonable to balance the supposed
> obsolescence of the technology against the interests of the citizen.
> Personally, I can't imagine being bothered with 3D TV. But I don't
> particularly object to the existence of a technical trial. Let it flop
> in public!
> RC
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