Production Vendors Primed for Launch of ESPN, DirecTV 3D Channels

With DirecTV and ESPN planning to launch 3D HD channels in June, production vendors are moving quickly to help bring 3D content to the home. Live sports will be the backbone of the ESPN 3D service and will also be a large part of DirecTV’s three 3D channels. As a result, mobile production vendors and 3D camera specialists are working to bring new stereoscopic 3D production trucks to the field as quickly as possible.

According to Broadcasting & Cable, PACE and All Mobile Video are already hard at work on 3D mobile units and expect to have them ready for the launch of the ESPN and DirecTV channels later this year.

The networks also are also continuing to develop 3D production techniques in advance of 3D HD’s commercial launch. ESPN will produce a Harlem Globetrotters game in 3D on Feb. 25 at its new Wide World of Sports facility in Orlando, where it will experiment for the first time with using a single truck and crew to produce both 2D and 3D HD broadcasts. CBS is already exploring 3D production of some of its marquee sporting events, including the NCAA Men’s Final Four basketball championship and The Masters golf tournament, both in April.

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