3D takes a hit as Foxtel closes dedicated channel

A “worldwide lack” of content is behind the closure of Australian pay TV platform Foxtel’s dedicated 3D channel. Foxtel has announced the channel will cease broadcasting and be removed from its EPG slot, 201, on both onscreen and online TV guides on Tuesday 27 August, 2013. This was “due to a worldwide lack of 3D […]

Sky Italia first to air Titanic in 3D

Sky Italia will be the first platform globally to air the new 3D version of James Cameron’s feature film Titanic in 3D. The film will premier on the Italian pay TV operator’s 3D channel on July 14 and will be shown simultaneously on the Sky Cinema 1 HD channel. The 3D conversion of Titanic in […]

JimJam buys Your Family’s Heroes of the City

Kids network JimJam has picked up animated series Heroes of the City from German distributor Your Family Entertainment. The 26-part show will debut on the Chello Zone-owned preschool channel later this month. The 3D series, which was produced by Swedish production company Ruta Ett, follows various emergency and rescue vehicles as they help people and chase […]

3D TV is dead says HBO technology boss

3D TV with glasses is “dead”and 4K TV is highly unlikely to succeed, according to Bob Zitter, executive VP and chief technology officer, HBO. Zitter, who is due to retire in a week, told attendees at the TV Connect event in London that 3D with glasses had clearly failed, and that he was sceptical about […]

US consumers warming to connected and 3D TV

Consumers in the US are registering a sharp increase in 3D TVs and, to a greater extent, connected sets, according to the latest research. IHS polled consumers about their buying plans and 30.7% of those planning to buy a new TV in the year to June will choose an internet-connected set. That stacks against 18.1% […]

Sky Italia launches F1 channel

Italian pay TV operator Sky has launched a dedicated Formula 1 channel, Sky Sport F1 HD. Taking its lead from its sister BSkyB service in the UK, Sky Italia has launched a service that will show live races and a raft of magazine and wraparound programming. A Sky Italia spokesman told TBI that Sky Italia […]

3net forms production and distribution division

3net, the joint venture 3D channel run by Discovery, Imax and Sony, is launching a production and distribution division.   3net Studios will be jointly based at the Sony Pictures HQ in LA and at Discovery’s head office in Silver Spring. It will “employ a worldwide team of creative personnel, utilising the world-class technology and […]