No 3D rugby league grand final: ACMA

By Patrick Avenell

SYDNEY, NSW: The Australian media watchdog ACMA has today contradicted earlier reports that Channel Nine would be able to screen the 2010 NRL Grand Final in 3D. Despite this extraordinary release, it is not a definite ban on the broadcast, just a rejection of the notion it was already approved.

“The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has not issued a licence to the Nine Network to broadcast the NRL grand final in 3D, contrary to the network’s media advisories earlier today,” said an ACMA spokesperson.

“Nine has not yet delivered a report on its previous 3D TV trial to ACMA. Providing a report on consumer, reception, interference and technical issues was a condition of the previous 3D TV trial licence. The report was due within 30 days of the expiry of the licence (18 August) but has not been received.

“The ACMA has indicated to Nine that no further trial licences will be issued before the report is received and considered.”

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