Queen's Christmas speech goes 3D

Queen's Christmas speech goes 3D

Summary: Queen Elizabeth II's traditional Christmas Day speech will be broadcast in 3D for the first time this year, it has been revealed.

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The Queen's traditional Christmas Day speech with be broadcast in the 3D for the first time this year, Buckingham Palace has revealed.

The broadcast, which is traditionally written by the Queen and includes her reflections on the past year, will be available in three dimensions to viewers with 3D-capable TVs.

"We wanted to do something a bit different and special in this jubilee year, so doing it for the first time in 3D seemed a good thing, technology-wise, to do," a spokeswoman told The Guardian.

King George V embraced the relatively new medium of radio to give the first Christmas Day speech in 1932. The first television broadcast of the Christmas message followed in 1957. The Royal Family has kept abreast of changing technology since then, making the Christmas message available on YouTube, for example, in 2007, when the Royal Channel was launched. The Queen's official Twitter account began tweeting in 2009.

This year's Christmas message will include a tribute to Britain's Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

Topics: After Hours, United Kingdom

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  • It's a failed Royal PR exercise.

    Everyone knows that 3D TV has been a failure. The Queen only adopts it in a vein attempt to make everyone think she is technically savvy.

    Instead of raving on about her wonderful Jubilee year, I thought the Queen might do something more special, like announce that Britain will hold an election to let the people choose their next head of state.
    Vbitrate
  • I am blind in my left eye.

    I can only see one part of the image. My optic nerve in my left eye is still not developed!

    3D is not for everyone; it even gave my mom a headache when I demonstrated my 47LM7600 that converts from 2D to 3D. It's way too hard to find a $1,000 46-50" television that is not capable of 3D.

    My gosh, would you do something special without all that gee-whiz that can make it impossible for those to view in television? People who find it impossible to view 3D with just one eye will find their feelings hurt if someone were to brag like saying "hey! you must see Queen in 3D! This is cool!!!" People who are visually impaired or don't care to watch it when it comes to getting headaches will react in disappointment.

    It's as if the needs of the few (who care to watch TV in 3D) outweigh the needs of the many (those with 3D or without it).

    But then I came from the United States. Heh. Pardon me for my political speaking, but maybe I like king and queen rather than President and Vice-President, but that is just me.
    Grayson Peddie