We've definitely caught Olympomania here in the 3Droundabout office and being in London, it's very hard to tear ourselves away from the sporting excellence taking place on our doorstep. If you've been lucky enough to attend any of the events, or have gone out to watch any of the road races, then you'll know that
the atmosphere is amazing. The only disappointment is that the 3D coverage is very poorly promoted, there are hardly any public screenings and no 3D streaming via the BBC iPlayer. At the Panasonic Showcase in the Olympic Park we saw 3D clips of the Opening Ceremony, kayaking and gymnastics, but with the queues taking an hour to get through and with limited capacity in the theatre, that's a drop in the ocean. And with NBC getting heavily criticised for choosing to add a 24-hour delay to its 3D broadcasts, unfortunately the London 2012 Olympics are turning out to be a missed opportunity for 3DTV. The Opening Ceremony UK average viewing figures from BARB say it all - 111,000 (0.39%) watched the 3D simulcast on the BBC HD channel. This might be an increase on what the BBC has achieved previously, but it's not exactly going for gold!
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