In an announcement at NAB today, Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) and several partners that include MicroSoft will demonstrate three dimensional HD streaming over its CDN network, Silverlight, and IIS Smooth Streaming. The 3D streams work both on the PC and on newer televisions over HDMI, so long as you wear the right kind of special glasses of course. So does this have a near term practical application? It does according to Level 3's Peter Neill:
This technology opens up a world of content to 3D streaming and offers new possibilities for event delivery starting as early as this year – major live sporting events or concerts streamed right to your television or computer in 3D.
Hmmm, if one combines this news with Friday's Vyvx HD upgrade, one inevitably has a vision of Superbowl Sunday next February in 3D HD by a hundred million households. We can't be ready for that already, can we?
Other partners in this demonstration include the TVN Group which captured live 3D content, Inlet for encoding, and of course THX which amongst other things specializes in making all the seats (and their occupants) vibrate in theaters before a movie actually starts.
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