The upcoming royal union between Prince William and Kate Middleton will not be broadcast in 3D as widely expected, Buckingham Palace has revealed.
Despite Sky’s best efforts to secure 3D broadcast rights to the most anticipated Royal wedding of a generation, the Palace has deflated hopes of an extra-dimensional offering with Patrick Harrison, press secretary to the Prince of Wales announcing via email: "I'm afraid I have to say that we have decided not to progress with 3D coverage of the service on this occasion.”
Explaining the decision to forgo the emerging future of broadcast technology Harrison said: "There are a number of reasons for this, most notably the additional camera footprint in the abbey, the relatively small (albeit growing) audience for 3D, and our desire to not be distracted away from negotiating and facilitating the optimal 2D, radio, photographic and online coverage of the day."
With a number of events from the upcoming 2012 Olympics being planned for the 3D treatment in order to archive the footage for future generations it is disappointing that the Palace would deem the emerging tech’s small audience base a reason not to take the opportunity to offer iconic footage for the future.
Harrison concluded: "I know you have all become increasingly enthusiastic about 3D and I'm sorry that this will come as a disappointment.” Adding: "I hope you feel the process we have gone through will be helpful for other live events and of course we do not rule out facilitating 3D at some point in the future."
This teased “point in the future” could well relate to the Queen’s speech which Sky, who filmed a mock wedding in 3D in attempt to seal the Royal wedding rights, will be involved with alongside the BBC and ITV for the first time in 2011.