Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. 24/7 Space News .




TECH SPACE
China test-launches 3D TV channel
by Staff Writers
Beijing (AFP) Jan 2, 2012


China's state broadcaster has test-launched a 3D television channel, state media said, in a bid to draw viewers and drive consumption by encouraging people to upgrade to 3D-capable sets.

Viewers in the world's largest TV audience now can watch the China 3D TV Trial Channel with a 3D TV, special glasses and a set-top box, Xinhua news agency said.

The 3D channel broadcasts three daily rotations of four-and-a-half hours of 3D content such as performing arts, cartoons, movies and sports, and promises programming from the upcoming London Summer Olympics.

State-run China Central Television launched the service Sunday, initially free of charge, with partners Beijing TV, Shanghai Media Group, Jiangsu TV, Tianjin TV and Shenzhen TV -- reaching China's biggest viewing and advertising markets.

To make up for current slim pickings in 3D programming available in China, or elsewhere, each partner broadcaster has established specialist 3D production units, Xinhua said.

The channel is due to have its full official launch on January 23 to mark the start of the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, when Chinese traditionally travel home and watch special variety TV programmes together.

In a year when the central government in Beijing has warned about a slowdown in China's economic growth, its head broadcast regulator told Xinhua the 3D channel can create demand for 3D TV sets "worth hundreds of billions of yuan."

"The launch of the 3D trial channel is a significant step in the development of China's television," Cai Fuchao, head of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, told Xinhua.

CCTV has in recent years fought fiercely not to lose viewers to more progressive programming at BTV, SMG and satellite channels such as that from central China's Hunan province.

China has roughly 500 million TV sets, according to Xinhua, and now also is home to more than 500 million Internet users and the fastest growing movie box office in the world, up more than 60 percent last year to $1.5 billion.

With their eyes fixed on the 3D channel test, some retailers of Chinese-made 3D TVs slashed the prices of a typical 42-inch model, often in half, to around 5,000 yuan ($790), the Made-in-China tech gadget blog reported in November.

.


Related Links
Space Technology News - Applications and Research






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





TECH SPACE
Hollywood still struggling to focus 3D technology
Los Angeles (AFP) Dec 21, 2011
Two years after breakthrough 3D megahit "Avatar," Hollywood is still struggling to decide how best to use the new technology, as filmgoers tire of the novelty and say no to annoying glasses. While 2011 ends with a couple of well-received 3D movies - including Steven Spielberg's holiday smash "Tintin" and Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" - filmmakers need to focus on what works in three dimensions ... read more


TECH SPACE
First of NASA's GRAIL Spacecraft Enters Moon Orbit

Twin Spacecraft on Final Approach for Moon Orbit

China to launch orbiters for lunar soft landing in next five years: white paper

Powerful Pixels Help Map The Apollo Zone

TECH SPACE
Arvidson To Be Participating Scientist on New Mars Rover

Wheel Passes Checkup After Stalled Drive

Meteorite Shock Waves Trigger Dust Avalanches on Mars

Opportunity at One of its Two Winter Spots

TECH SPACE
China to push forward human spaceflight projects in next five years: white paper

Journaling the Journey into Space

NASA Conducts Orion Parachute Testing for Orbital Test Flight

Astrophysicist John Grunsfeld to Head NASA Science Directorate

TECH SPACE
China issues white paper on space exploration

China makes rapid progress, breakthroughs in space industry: white paper

China to launch Shenzhou-9, Shenzhou-10 spacecraft next year: spokesman

China lays out five-year space plans

TECH SPACE
New crew arrives at international space station

NASA 'Smart SPHERES' Tested on ISS

Russia sends multinational crew to ISS

As Soyuz Rolls ISS Crew Work On Science

TECH SPACE
Orbcomm and SpaceX Improve Launch Plans for OG2 Satellites

Orbcomm Prepares For Launch Of Second AIS Satellite

Arianespace Completes 2012 With Soyuz Launch Partner Mission For Globalstar

Soyuz poised for Globalstar second-generation satellite launch at Baikonur

TECH SPACE
New Exo planets raise questions about the evolution of stars

Astronomers discover deep-fried planets

Two new Earth-sized exoplanets discovered

NASA Discovers First Earth-Size Planets Beyond Our Solar System

TECH SPACE
China test-launches 3D TV channel

Raytheon Awarded Airborne Radar Contracts at Year's End Worth $320 Million

Tablets, e-readers closing book on ink-and-paper era

Better turbine simulation software to yield better engines




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement