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January 6, 2010

3D Broadcasts Will Soon Hit the Airwaves - 3D Channels Announced at CES

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by Franz Bicar

If you’re holding out on getting a 3D TV cause you thought they don’t really exist, then you better scramble and get one now. Some of the biggest names in television are announcing plans to begin broadcasting in 3D later this year.

Companies such as DirectTV and Sony are unveiling their 3D channels this week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Though a definite launch date has not been set, its pretty obvious that a full-blown 3D channel will go live real soon.

DirecTV’s model, set to be announced at CES this week, is an all-HD/3D network, courtesy of a new satellite which will launch this March. All programming will be in 3D, including movies, sports, and other programming.

Then there’s the Discovery/Sony/Imax venture, which was announced today and is set to launch in 2011. This station will showcase a mix of sports and other entertainment, including 3D versions of Discovery’s current programming.

But that’s not all, ESPN announced it will launch a 3D network, broadcasting live 3D sporting events beginning in June of this year.

The question now is, are you ready? These channels can’t be enjoyed with normal HD television. Your set would need to have 3D capabilities. If you are someone who’d like to join the bandwagon, then get a 3D set now, if not, then your current HD set will do.

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