Nascar speeds onto the 3D track
The first-ever Nascar race to be broadcast in 3D will be presented on July 3, available on TV exclusively through DirecTV, but it will also be streamed live in 3D on Nascar’s Web site.
The Coke Zero 400 race in Daytona will be the first major sporting event to be streamed live in stereoscopic 3D online. Users will need a specific 3D computer, as well as active shutter glasses, to enjoy the 3D event. Those with only a 3D TV, though, can also watch as long as they have DirecTV, which is proving itself as an innovator in 3D broadcasting much in the same way it did with a huge adoption of HD content.
“One of our goals here at NASCAR is to continuously explore ways to improve the viewing experience for our fans. Offering the Coke Zero 400 in 3D on NASCAR.COM and select television distributors is a great example of that consistent exploration. Our fans have been asking us about 3D for several months, so we’re excited to deliver that to them for the first time ever in what will likely change how NASCAR is consumed moving forward,” said Nascar Media Group COO Jay Abraham in a statement.
Nascar joins a growing list of sports names that have made the jump to 3D. FIFA is providing unparalleled 3D coverage of the World Cup at this moment, the Yankees have decked out their stadium with 3D equipment, and even golf, with the Masters tournament earlier this year, has gotten the 3D treatment.
The online 3D stream will be available at nascar.com/racebuddy3D
The fans of NASCAR have a reason to be happy as on July 3, 2010 at 7:30 pm EST from Daytona International Speedway the NASCAR Coke Zero 400 race will start and it will be broadcasted online for the owners of 3D Vision. But unlike with the 3D streaming of the Masters Gold Tournament that required you to use the 3D Vision Video Player or the Stereoscopic Player, this time the broadcast will be based on the 3D streaming technology developed with Microsoft’s Silverlight and announced earlier this month. The side effect of using the new technology for streaming is that the broadcast will be available only if you own a 3D Vision equipped PC as on other 3D setups it will most likely not work.
The requirements for watching the live 3D stream of the NASCAR race is that you have a 3D Vision PC, the latest NVIDIA Driver (257.21 GPU and 3D Vision driver), and the latest Silverlight plug-in installed (v4.0.50401 or newer) as you’ll be watching the event trough your browser. Currently it seems that there is an issue if you have SLI running with two or more video cards, so if you have trouble watching the 3D video stream just disable SLI for the moment and then reenable it after you finish watching. It sounds very easy, and the good news is that there is even a demo of the 3D streaming with the Silverlight already available, so that you can try if everything works fine before the actual live streaming in 3D starts. And hopefully there will be some recorded footage after the event to watch if you happen to miss the actual race.