FIFA and Sony agree rights for World Cup in 3D

4 Dec 2009

The world’s first 3D FIFA World Cup media rights have been agreed between FIFA and consumer electronics giant Sony.

Up to 25 of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa matches will be produced using Sony’s 3D professional cameras, which will provide coverage of the action that is unprecedented in depth, vividness and excitement to people around the world.

FIFA will utilise Sony’s experience and know-how of 3D content production to spread the passion inside the stadiums at the greatest sport event in the world to more people than ever before.

New technology drivers

“Global sporting events such as the FIFA World Cup are very important drivers of new technology, particularly in the TV market,” explained Tom Morrod, senior analyst, TV Technology at Screen Digest.

“The news that the FIFA World Cup will be filmed in 3D for the first time will certainly increase the uptake rate of 3D TVs in the home and develop the installed base earlier than would otherwise have been the case.

“As a result of this news, and an increasingly bullish industry outlook on 3D, Screen Digest has increased its forecast, and now estimates that 13.6m 3D TV sets will be installed in Europe by 2013.”

During the 2010 FIFA World Cup, FIFA will host the ‘International FIFA Fan Fest™’ public viewing events in seven cities around the world: Berlin, London, Mexico City, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome and Sydney.

For the fans

At Sony’s commercial displays located within the ‘Fan Fest,’ people will be able to enjoy and experience promotional highlight trailers of the FIFA World Cup in 3D.

In anticipation of the Official 3D Film, viewers will be able to watch promotional trailers for the film of the World Cup in 3D at retail outlets (including Sony stores) that sell Sony products around the world.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment plans to produce and distribute the Official 3D Film on the Blu-ray Disc 1 and other formats.

“3D will undoubtedly transform the way we enjoy content in the living room,” said Fujio Nishida, president of Sony Europe.

“At Sony, the 3D entertainment experience will not only focus on the 3D TV alone, but from 2010 will also encompass a range of 3D compatible products such as Blu-ray Disc players, VAIO notebook computers and PlayStation 3.

“During June and July 2010 we will provide our European consumers with the most compelling 3D content to enjoy and experience firsthand, for example at the FIFA International Fan Fests,” Nishida said.

By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years