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China Trials Its First 3D TV Channel

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the smell-o-rama-next dept.

Businesses 48

rtoz writes with the news that Chinese viewers will soon be able to watch a 3D TV channel service, to be opened in late January. Excerpting: "The first stations for the 3D trial are China Central Television, Beijing Television, Tianjing Broadcasting TV, Jiangsu TV and Shenzhen TV. 3D programs will be offered daily from 10:30 am to midnight. The programs include animation, sports, documentaries, TV dramas, entertainment and live broadcasting of big events, such as CCTV New Year's Gala and the London 2012 Olympic Games. The stations will charge no viewing fees during the early phase of operation."

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48 comments

First show getting great reviews (4, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 2 years ago | (#38572634)

It's roughly translated to "Woman Read Chairman Mao To Inspirational Music In Front of Picture of Chairman Mao." And I hear it looks *amazing* in 3D.

Well They Had Something Better But ... (2)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 2 years ago | (#38572846)

Well, there was a Chinese film crew that had seen Primer [imdb.com] and been influenced to re-write it into a Chinese version (the biggest difference being that the men in the movie were actually very successful and content and auspicious electronics line workers at a nearby Foxconn plant). But then China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television finally read the screenplay and were pretty sure there was some form of time travel involved [slashdot.org] . The film crew has been reassigned to film a documentary at the China/Afghanistan border where a team of ill equipped officers fight drug traffickers with nothing more than the irrepressible spirit of the People's Republic of China. The twist? The film crew are the officers!

Re:First show getting great reviews (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38572880)

the real list is here [hc360.com] . The first show is the ceremony of the new 3D channel.

Re:First show getting great reviews (1)

sakdoctor (1087155) | more than 2 years ago | (#38572902)

The only three programs on Chinese television are dramas set in Ancient China, dramas set during the cultural revolution, and sappy Korean soaps.
Although it's no worse than anyone else's programs.

Re:First show getting great reviews (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38574826)

What about the anti-Japanese propaganda films that look like they were made in the '50s - and not Hollywood '50s? How about making those 3D?

Re:First show getting great reviews (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38575726)

Just great.

Expect 24 hour a dat coverage of paddle ball demos
and the 'skycam coverage' for table tennis coming your way.

jr

Re:First show getting great reviews (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38575818)

Cool, when will it be available to watch in Number 1 Country USA?

Re:First show getting great reviews (1)

Synerg1y (2169962) | more than 2 years ago | (#38576340)

Do you really have to ask the obvious?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/16/3d-tv-health-risks-7-peop_n_540227.html#s81731&title=People_Who_Are [huffingtonpost.com]

Smell a class action from these ppl? It would need an opt out / in kind of service, so a dedicated channel, can't opt out of hbo 10:30 pm to 12:00 AM, so we can't do it like the Chinese period.

You bring shame to /. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38581790)

/. has become a place for China (and Chinese) bashing.

Shame on you !

Just a fad (0)

what2123 (1116571) | more than 2 years ago | (#38572718)

I'm still waiting for my 3D Sound experience and smell-o-vison.

Re:Just a fad (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38572908)

I'm still waiting for my 3D Sound experience and smell-o-vison.

Smell-o-vision will be so great! Now when you see another fat American on TV you can also enjoy the sour-milk smell coming from their pores. Fat people cannot properly clean themselves, you know. Too many rolls of fat and crevices for bacteria to hide in.

You can ponder life's mysteries. Like, why does a big fat disgusting woman bother spending a lot of time and money getting her hair permed? Does she think she can polish a turd? Was she hoping to pick up a turd by the clean end? Did she think men will notice the curls in her hair and ignore the gut that's much bigger than her tits?

Speaking of fat women and tits... how do so many fat women have such tiny tits? You think some of that lard would go in her breasts but noooo...

A woman who takes care of herself is hard to find. Obesity: what a waste of a perfectly good vagina.

Re:Just a fad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38574228)

When smell-o-vision arrives, someone is going to have fun combining that, Broadcast signal intrusion [wikipedia.org] , and a nature film involving skunks...

Re:Just a fad (1)

Jeremy Erwin (2054) | more than 2 years ago | (#38574354)

3D Television is great. You can have a great big TV blaring away in your living room, and all of your flatmates, not having goggles of their own, will think it's a blurry mess. They'll leave you in peace.

3D Sound is easy, as long as you can avoid tripping over the speaker wires.

when (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38572766)

When will we start treating China like we treated Kim, or Hussein, or the Taliban? China isn't just some tin-pot dictatorship: it's well organised and its oppressive influence is global.

Are we really at the stage where we abandon morality to technocracy? Are we all so full of ourselves that we think we will come out of this as the slave-driver rather than the slave?

Re:when (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38572864)

China is bad, but compared to Kim, Hussein and the Taliban it is saintly.

Re:when (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38572918)

Hell, compared to Obama, Hu Jintao looks like Ron Paul.

Re:when (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38573052)

Neither you nor I know much about how the Kims behaved: information coming out of NK is so tightly controlled that we are basically relying on western propaganda.

The Taliban - the religious fanatic element is insane, but the majority of the Taliban comprise people who are worked up against occupying forces.

Hussein - no, I'd put China on a par with Hussein: both corporate secular dictatorships with little notion of freedom; brutal to dissenters; keen to preserve ownership of various previously autonomous regions despite loud objections. Well-educated, rich, silent individuals can go about their business fairly freely in China, just as they could under Hussein.

The difference is that Hussein was successfully contained and his sphere of influence was relatively small. His position maintained regional stability, tempering Iran. China, on the other hand, is a military bully to its neighbours and an economic bully to the world, and its position comes precisely from the fact that it is a nation of slavedrivers and slaves, able to manufacture cheaply because it treats the majority of its citizens as subhuman. We must reject China before we become as China.

Re:when (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38573162)

I never understand how can someone claim that China (or anyone else for that matter) is a nation of slavedrivers and you don't consider yourself one, since you (and everyone else) knowingly but cheaper products manufactured in China precisely for that reason.

Re:when (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38573448)

Have you ever actually been to China?
I mean I don't love their government either, but seriously? Normal people there live normal lives for the most part.
There are no slave-drivers or slaves. A lot of the "horrible" things they allow, like 16 year olds able to work in a factory, were common-place in the US not long ago.

The Chinese government may not be a leader in human rights, but nor are they close to Hussein.

Re:when (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38573838)

I have been to China and about 45 other nations across the globe. You go to any dictatorship and the right parts of the right towns everywhere show people living "normal lives for the most part". You miss the greater proportion living as peasants or whose lives consist of walking a few metres between dormitory and factory line. You miss the prisons. You certainly miss what simply isn't there: people hearing and speaking freely; the access to humane, independently administered and proportional justice; the opportunity to do business of any significance without palm-greasing the local officials.

The middle class under Hussein weren't tortured or locked away for years either, providing they didn't suddenly feel like speaking out of line.

In twenty years since the fall of the USSR we are finally at the regrettable stage where people in the West talk neutrally or positively of its ideological sibling. The USSR post-Stalin was far from the worst behaving state as far as human rights are conerned, but we recognised that it was dangerous not because the average man had the worst time there but because its great power and organisation had the potential to dominate the world and impose a far worse regime than the West enjoyed during most of the latter half of the twentieth century. We would have saved an awful lot of time and money if, rather than supporting China now, we had simply decided kneel to the Soviets 50 years ago.

As to whether I consider myself a slavedriver: of course I benefit from Chinese slavery, but I try to avoid buying from China except when I have no alternative. IOW I follow the RMS philosophy on interacting with bad things.

Re:when (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38586690)

The limit of free speech in China is, as it is everywhere else in the world, set at the point at which it poses a threat to the government and the stability of the nation -- ie spreading notions of rebellion. It's not an unnatural position for a government to take. I would argue that the fundamental "ideology" of all nations today agree on this point moreso than Cold War-era textbook definitions would have us believe.

Re:when (2)

interval1066 (668936) | more than 2 years ago | (#38573882)

The Chinese government may not be a leader in human rights, but nor are they close to Hussein.

No, they just occupy other 1000 year old countries like Tibet and claim they're just waiting to be "freed" by the PRK. Oh, and there was that thing in Tianamen Square.

Re:when (1)

isorox (205688) | more than 2 years ago | (#38575196)

The Chinese government may not be a leader in human rights, but nor are they close to Hussein.

No, they just occupy other 1000 year old countries like Tibet and claim they're just waiting to be "freed" by the PRK. Oh, and there was that thing in Tianamen Square.

What, the big TVs saying "PEACE" and "TRANQUILITY" and music playing, or the metal detectors on the way in?

Re:when (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38575540)

No, they just occupy other 1000 year old countries like Tibet and claim they're just waiting to be "freed" by the PRK. Oh, and there was that thing in Tianamen Square.

following that retarded logic, United States should return its lands to the American Indians.

Re:when (1)

halofan_sd (683327) | more than 2 years ago | (#38576108)

I thought you get to own a country after you occupy it for a few hundred years, or does that only work for certain countries?

Re:when (1)

aix tom (902140) | more than 2 years ago | (#38578644)

A lot of the "horrible" things they allow, like 16 year olds able to work in a factory

Well, I'm from Germany, and I started to work at 16 in 1986, which worked great for me since I was completely fed up with school.

It wasn't until 10 years later that I decided to go on to college for a few years. With a lot of "real live" experience already accumulated. I think something like that makes far more sense than being "educated" outside the real world until almost 30, like in some cases I have seen, and then let loose into the job market.

Re:when (1, Informative)

clickclickdrone (964164) | more than 2 years ago | (#38572888)

it's well organised and its oppressive influence is global.

What, like the US?

Re:when (2, Informative)

Gaygirlie (1657131) | more than 2 years ago | (#38572926)

When will we start treating China like we treated Kim, or Hussein, or the Taliban? China isn't just some tin-pot dictatorship: it's well organised and its oppressive influence is global.

Are we really at the stage where we abandon morality to technocracy? Are we all so full of ourselves that we think we will come out of this as the slave-driver rather than the slave?

You could just as well replace 'China' with 'the United States.'

Re:when (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38575640)

I find the fact that someone moderated moral equivocation "Informative", to be highly entertaining.

Re:when (1)

toutankh (1544253) | more than 2 years ago | (#38573100)

Here's a hint: it is not in anybody's interest to annoy China too much. The keyword here is "interest", just as it was with Iraq and Afghanistan.

3D? What about tactile feedback? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38572868)

3D won't be worth a hill of beans until you can feel the..... ummmmmmm....

Lets say that the adult movie industry are gagging for this feature, without it, 3D is incomplete!!!

Re:3D? What about tactile feedback? (0)

ae1294 (1547521) | more than 2 years ago | (#38573586)

3D won't be worth a hill of beans until you can feel the..... ummmmmmm....

Lets say that the adult movie industry are gagging for this feature, without it, 3D is incomplete!!!

I can't wait to be bent over and raped by a huge black cock.

Re:3D? What about tactile feedback? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38573768)

There you go again, forcing 3D down people's throats.

Great! (3, Insightful)

webanish (1045264) | more than 2 years ago | (#38572934)

Big-time censorship in three dimensions.

Re:Great! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38573350)

In 3D it's easy to circumvent by looking around the side of the black rectangles.

Re:Great! (1)

Ramin_HAL9001 (1677134) | more than 2 years ago | (#38582324)

I wonder what pixelation looks like in 3D.

I wonder if they can do a volumetric cut of "offensive" images, so they can for example, cut off the image of a guy's dick so you don't see it when it is broadcast. Might be easier to cut it off in real life first though, especially if he is a political dissident.

Even better, broadcast a 3D image of the police coming to arrest you if you say anything treasonous to scare potential dissenters. They will never know if it is a 3D projection, or the real police, Like Arnold in Total Recall, "HA HA HA HA! You think this is the real Quade? ....It is! [shoots everyone]."

As if US has no censorship (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38581962)

Why whine on censorship in China when US has SOPA?

Before you throw rocks please check if you are staying in a glass house yourself

will it be called (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38572946)

Free d rather than 3d?

China is the new savior of 3D? (1)

HumanEmulator (1062440) | more than 2 years ago | (#38574056)

They have to be aware that 3D is failing in the marketplace around the rest of the world (looking at 3D movie attendance, Nintendo 3DS sales numbers, 3D TV sales figures, etc.), so my question is: Why are they jumping on this ship now?

Re:China is the new savior of 3D? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38575244)

Odd to point to 3DS sales as a sign of failure on the same day that Nintendo announces 4 million units sold in the U.S. since it's launch 9 months ago.

Big Cost, little demand (1)

Waltre (523056) | more than 2 years ago | (#38574262)

The 3D trial in Australia was a real non-event [http://www.acma.gov.au/WEB/STANDARD.PC/pc=PC_312131] since the cost of broadcast was excessive when considering the small amount of interest in watching 3D TV [http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/hometech/3d-tv-falls-flat-as-broadcasters-tune-out-20110902-1jp0u.html]

slitty eyes (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38574780)

does 3d work with slitty eyes?

Trails? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38574876)

What's it trailing behind?

how about upgrading from ie6 first (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38574936)

>2012
>Still using IE6

Jiangsu (1)

Balthisar (649688) | more than 2 years ago | (#38579482)

Oh, neat. I'm in Jiangsu. Except for some reason all of my channels come from the Philippines. I'm getting good at Tagalog, which doesn't really help me in China.

Re:Jiangsu (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38582978)

Oh, neat. I'm in Jiangsu. Except for some reason all of my channels come from the Philippines. I'm getting good at Tagalog, which doesn't really help me in China.

seems you don't go to the same bars i do.

Sweeeet... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38582758)

I can't wait until all channels are offered in 3D. Until a few months ago I wasn't all that psyched about 3D TV. What changed was that I realized TV in general is largely about the experience, and the addition of 3D really does create a whole new experience. Technology comes in fads/increments and we can't get to the next fad/increment until we've accepted the current one. Maybe we should just stop being so picky about what 3D really provides, and just take it as a fun new way to watch TV?

Not to be a GN... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38583972)

But "trial" is NOT A VERB. The verb form is "to try".

Try it.

"China tries its first 3d tv channel." A trial is not the same as the act of conducting a trial... one's a noun, the other's not.

You sound like a damned idiot when you say it wrong! (That's why.)

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