Royal family reject 3D coverage of wedding

The British royal family has rejected plans to broadcast the wedding of William and Kate in 3D as they don’t want the “additional camera footprint” in Westminster Abbey.

Actress leaving Private Practice

Actress Audra McDonald has announced that she will depart Private Practice at the end of the current season. McDonald plays fertility specialist Naomi on the medical drama.

Underbelly actor returns to clinic

Former Underbelly actor Matthew Newton is back in a Sydney rehab clinic following a charge of breaching his AVO. The actor, who featured as Terry Clarke in the second season of Underbelly, was dropped from his hosting gig on The X Factor last year due to drug/alcohol-related issues.

Bilson to reunite with OC creator

Rachel Bilson will reunite with The OC creator Josh Schwartz on a new pilot for an American network. The actress will play the lead in the comedy-drama which centres on a young New York doctor who takes over a medical practice in a small backwater.

Singapore’s Beach House Pictures and its major shareholder New Zealand based NHNZ, have joined forces with the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) to produce a 3D television series – comprising ten one hour episodes – for international distribution.

Beach House Pictures and NHNZ have a long standing relationship with the MDA and this will be the co-production partnership’s first venture into 3D.

Beach House Pictures managing director Jocelyn Little says given the long history of the successful partnership between the three organisations, it is only apt that they should embark together on this new direction. “We are delighted that the MDA is investing in our first 3D production,” she says. “MDA has made a concerted effort to develop 3D capabilities for Singapore’s media sector, which has enabled us to expedite our involvement in 3D content. It is great to be at the forefront of developing programmes for a new media on the cutting edge of technology.”

Over the last year NHNZ and Beach House Pictures have also focused strongly on developing their 3D capabilities and both companies have acquired the technology and the skills to enable them to cater for the expected demand in 3D productions.

NHNZ managing director Michael Stedman says 3D has captured the attention of audiences worldwide and making shows in 3D is a natural progression for NHNZ and its co-production partners. “We expect to see enormous growth in the 3D market and being this early out of the blocks will give us an advantage when the demand for 3D starts to swell.”

Dr Christopher Chia, Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Media Development Authority says, “We are heartened to see one of our homegrown companies take the initiative to be an Asian pioneer in 3D production for the international TV market. This collaboration will further enable us to deliver high quality 3D productions with global appeal, whilst capitalising on Singapore’s recognized strength in factual documentaries.”

Singapore’s foremost post production company and experts in 3D post production, Blackmagic Design, will be handling some aspects of the final post production process for this series.

(From a press release)

Hybrid Television Services (ANZ) Pty Limited, the creator of CASPATM On-Demand and the exclusive licensee of TiVo® products in New Zealand and Australia and DDD Group plc (DDD) are delighted to announce that TiVo customers who own a 3D television will be the first in New Zealand to enjoy 3D content delivered over broadband to the TV via CASPA.

From today, CASPA On-Demand offers 3D content, following a distribution agreement with DDD to deliver 3D content to the CASPA On-Demand platform for TiVo customers with 3D TVs to enjoy. The CASPA offering now includes DDD’s Yabazam™ 3D animations and short films.

In coming months, the CASPA 3D Fun category will grow to include a diverse range of 3D content from DDD’s Yabazam™ catalogue, featuring everything from animation and extreme sports, to documentaries, indie shorts, comedy and music videos.

The introduction of DDD’s Yabazam content to the ever-growing CASPA portfolio further reinforces Hybrid TV’s commitment to becoming the leading provider of high quality 3D content delivered direct to the TV.

In June, Hybrid TV announced that Australian TiVo customers could timeshift 3D broadcasts and launched the first 3D on-demand content on CASPA, featuring a range of Disney 3D movie trailers for upcoming cinematic release films. Now Hybrid TV is delivering on its promise with DDD providing CASPA customers across the Tasman with a growing assortment of pay-per-view 3D short films and animations, ranging between five minutes to one hour in length.

 “We are thrilled to be providing the first 3D video on-demand content over CASPA to all our New Zealand TiVo customers. We are extremely proud that our very first offering is a diverse range of 3D content which allows TiVo customers in New Zealand with 3D TVs, to get a real taste of 3D entertainment.

“It’s been a mammoth year for 3D – even bigger for CASPA customers with a 3D TV! Gone are the days of driving to the video store and paying late fees, CASPA delivers quality entertainment direct to your living room, giving you the freedom to watch what you want from the comfort of your lounge. With the ever- growing CASPA content offering, open to all TiVo customers regardless of their Internet provider, there is every reason to get a TiVo,” said Robbee Minicola, Chief Executive, Hybrid TV. 

“Since November of last year, owners of the latest 3D notebook computers have been able to enjoy DDD’s library of high definition 3D content offered at Yabazam.com, and thanks to Hybrid TV a whole new audience of 3D television owners will be able to experience that same quality 3D programming through the CASPA platform,” explained Jay Wiskerchen, General Manager of DDD’s Content Group.  “Compelling 3D content is an important component of a successful consumer 3D market and we’re very proud to be working with Hybrid TV to deliver this to TiVo subscribers.”

DDD’s Yabazam content will be available for download via CASPA through TiVo on a pay-per view basis. Prices range between $2.95 and $6.95 and can be viewed as many times as the viewer wishes for 48 hours after the download commences. The Yabazam 3D content will add to the existing CASPA portfolio of more than 475 on-demand movies, 2000+ hrs of TV shows, music videos, artist interviews, concerts and more.

To access and enjoy the DDD Yabazam 3D content on TiVo, go to TiVo Central>CASPA On-Demand>Movies>3D Fun.

Visit the mytivo.co.nz website now for a special TiVo offer. Purchase online to get a TiVo and wireless adaptor for only $750, saving $238 (RRP).

The ad is designed to be seen on both 3D and 2D TV sets; the idea behind viewing it in 2D is that it gives viewers the chance to imagine what the advert will look like in 3D. Watching football in 3D is going to totally redefine the experience of watching the game at home; Sony are giving you a taste of what it will be like.

If you did want to see it in full HD 3D, you can visit selected Sony Style stores from June 12th onwards.

Introducing the world’s first full LED backlit 3D television to New Zealand – LG Electronics [LG] is proud to announce today the release of their first LED 3D TV, the LX9500, which is set to lead the global 3D TV market.

As the world’s first Full backlit LED 3D TV, the LX9500 uses an innovative backlight structure to deliver spectacular pictures for the ultimate 3D experience. Illuminated by panels of LEDs directly behind the screen [the 55-inch model boasts 1,200 LEDs], the Full LED display provides images of exceptional brightness and clarify for unrivalled picture quality. Complemented by a 10,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and TruMotion 400Hz, the LX9500’s mesmerizing 3D picture transports viewers right into the heart of the action.

Along with all the advantages of Full LED, the LX9500’s innovative exterior is also geared toward creating the ultimate 3D experience. With its slim and sleek INFINIA design, the LX9500 not only draws attention with its 22.3mm slim body but also boasts a 16mm super-narrow bezel that allows for fuller and more expansive 3D images that draws viewers in.

LG Electronics Marketing Manager Kane Silcock says that “the release of the 3D TV validates LG’s position as global leaders in the 3D department”. “By building a full line-up of 3D TVs and cultivating alliances with content and device providers, LG will set a higher benchmark in the global 3D TV industry,” he says.

In another first for the industry, the LX9500 supports the Multi Picture Format, the 3D picture standard that enables users to create and enjoy 3D content effortlessly. This means viewers can immediately see images snapped with 3D cameras without having to first convert them on their PCs.

Watching the latest Hollywood 3D movie is no longer a thing of the past, you may never need to go to the theatre again with the launch of LG’s first LED 3D TV. The LX9500 has a plethora of features on offer, a choice between Full HD 1080p, Invisible Speaker [10W + 10W + 5W], Full HD 1080p, Full backlit LED Slim with Spot Control [Local Dimming] and so on.

The LX9500 employs shutter glasses [model: AG-S100] that adds depth by alternatively blocking one lens at a time in sync with the screen’s refresh rate. The glasses are comfortable and stylist enough to wear for an extended period of time and recharge via USB for up to 40 hours of uninterrupted viewing pleasure.

The company launched its 3D sets in Korea a month ago and they have only recently been made available in the U. S. and European markets.

LG’s strategy includes plans to offer a diversified line-up of products in screen sizes from 42 inches to 150 inches utilizing both polarized and shutter type glasses and to launch a family of 3D products including LED LCD TVs, Plasma TVs, Blu-ray disc players and the world’s first Full HD 3D projectors.

The LG LX9500 is set to provide the most vivid 3D visual experience on the market, and has just launched in June 2010 for RRP $6999. It is available now for viewing at the Lily & Louis showroom, so please set up a time to come in to see TV in a new dimension.