DirecTV Bringing ESPN 3D To Sports Fans This June

This is it. It's really happening. 3D is taking over our lives, and there's nothing we can do about it. But is it really such a bag thing? There's no question that consumers have yet to truly speak on their acceptance or rejection of 3D in the home, but if there's any programming that could really spearhead things, it's sports. Sports is arguably the main reason that HD took off so quickly, and we're guessing that quite a few major organizations are hoping that sports can do the same for 3D.

Starting this June (that's just a few months away), DirecTV will begin to broadcast ESPN 3D. ESPN 3D is easily the flagship 3D channel, and at the moment, we can't think of another 3D channel with as much clout. June is a great time to kick things off, as the FIFA World Cup 2010 also begins that month, and yes, those soccer matches will definitely be in 3D.

ESPN 3D will showcase a minimum of 85 live sporting events during its first year, beginning June 11 with the first 2010 FIFA World Cup match, featuring South Africa versus Mexico. Other events to be produced in 3D include X Games 16, 2010 college football ACC Championship, 2011 BCS National Championship game, college basketball and NBA games in 2011, and best of all, DirecTV subscribers will get the channel at no extra cost.

Now, if only we knew when all of those other cable providers would get it, we could decide whether or not we need to switch to the dish.
Via:  Business Wire
Tags:  TV, 3D, DirecTV, Sports, espn, espn 3d
Inspector 4 years ago

Nice, does this require you to have a 3D TV first? If it doesn't it would be nice but if it did... not much people is going to be watching this.

la_guy_10 4 years ago

This looks to be gaining traction I remember reading about 3D television sales and I was baffled thinking we just made the switch to digital, and HD now appears to be catching on. I could maybe see the benefit of this watching sports and the combination of HD with 3D could be an surreal experience from home.

animatortom 4 years ago

OK, Dish and Direct are the same company since like four years ago?

They just keep Duping people into thinking there is actual competition :P

I can understand how much fun this could be for sports fans, although this might save people money. they wont have to pay crazy ticket prices, or wait in traffic. they can just sit at home and get as drunk as they want without having to worry about driving.

But, FIFA World Cup 2010? Even in 3D, I don't think it can make it more exciting! At least now they can sit at home and DVR it, then play it back at double speed to really make it interesting. All the while, getting the feeling of being there. At least until they throw a chair through the screen during the riot :P

To Bad ESPN doesn't carry Formula one! This would be really cool if they had one of these cameras replace the on-Track ones :o

RyuGTX 4 years ago

That is a huge amount of 3D viewing material. Just what is needed to really get this thing going and give people a reason to buy new TVs and subscribe to DirecTV. What good is a 3D TV without any good 3D content to choose from?

For me, I'll stick with 2D for a good while.

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