Sky, the broadcast channel of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, has announced plans to televise the Royal wedding in 3D, Reuters reports.
“This is the kind of big-event TV that would definitely be a contender for our strategy of offering 3D coverage,” said a source from Sky, but a Buckingham Palace insider claims no set plans have been made saying “We haven’t gotten into the logistics of how all the media feeds will work.”
If plans do go ahead for a 3D broadcast, it has been suggested that millions across the UK may rent event spaces and hold themed parties, whilst watching the event in HD 3D. According to TechWatch, the figures for those investing in 3D televisions is expected to shoot up once plans are cemented, given that the event has an expected audience of approximately one billion.
This is by no means a new venture for Sky, who has shown a range of events in 3D – including Premier League football matches, operas, ballet, concerts and even the election leaders’ debates. The announcement by Murdoch will only fuel the global scramble of television broadcasters to get their coverage in order for the April wedding.
Jana Bennett the BBC’s director of vision, said “I think it is going to be a major event for many, many people in this country and around the world; it could be a bit like the Coronation, when TV sets were turned on for the first time in so many millions of households.”
Royal events have a long-standing history of being popular with audiences across the globe, with the funeral of the late Princess Diana attracting 2.5 billion viewers and her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981, luring in one billion Royal fans.