NFL in 3D: Good technology overcomes bad entertainment
Simmer down athletic supports, we didn’t just call your beloved NFL boring. But Thursday night’s matchup between the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers wasn’t going to generate this much interest on its own. As described by the LA Times who attended the 3D broadcast of Thursday night’s “football” game at Burbank’s 3ality Digital cinema,
“The experience wasn’t jaw-dropping, but it was noticeably better than a conventional broadcast. The game was drama-free, yet the novelty of 3D made it hard for me to take my eyes off the screen… The effect was subtle at times, but just as compelling as in “U2 3D,” 3ality’s concert film of the Irish rockers. The most striking thing in both cases was how much more you could see in three dimensions than in two.”
The event wasn’t glitch free, however. Two hiccups caused the satellite feeds to go black in Boston, New York, and LA. and a few quick camera pans and poorly executed transitions had viewers convulsing behind their polarized glasses. As a proof of concept though, viewers generally seemed impressed which means more of this in the future.