ACMA has contradicted Nine Network’s claim that it will broadcast the NRL grand final in 3D. They say that no trial licence to broadcast the event has been issued. The matter is now subject to negotiations.
Yesterday the Nine Network claimed that they were set broadcast this year’s NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final live and exclusive in 3D.
The event which was being backed by Harvey Norman was set to be used to give 3D TV sales a lift at the start of what is the traditional peak buying period for TV.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority said: “Nine has not yet delivered a report on its previous 3D TV trial to the ACMA. Providing a report on consumer, reception, interference and technical issues was a condition of the previous 3D TV trial licence.”
“The report was due within 30 days of the expiry of the licence (18 August) but has not been received.”
“The ACMA has indicated to Nine that no further trial licences will be issued before the report is received and considered,” concluded the statement.
The decision by ACMA to knock the network back is an embarrassment to both Harvey Norman the NRL and Channel Nine say observers.
Yesterday Nine’s chief executive, David Gyngell, said, “Nine is thrilled to once again bring rugby league fans the most technologically advanced way to watch their game.”
David Gallop, the sporting code’s chief executive, said, “The speed, skill and excitement of the Telstra Premiership Grand Final has 3.6 million viewers around the country watching every moment and the chance to see it in 3D keeps rugby league and Channel Nine at the forefront of sports broadcasting.”
“The reaction from fans who saw the world’s first live, 3D, free-to-air sports broadcasts during this year’s Harvey Norman State of Origin Series couldn’t have been more enthusiastic and to experience the unique atmosphere of a Grand Final day in 3D will be something many will look forward to.”
“It is another vote of confidence in the game, both from Channel Nine and Harvey Norman, to show the Grand Final in 3D and everyone in the game will appreciate the opportunity they are providing.”