March 24 will mark the day that the first sports game ever will be broadcast live in 3-D to a U.S. audience, thanks to a cooperation between MSG and Cablevision. Hockey-loving Cablevision subscribers will be able to catch the Rangers face off against the Islanders on iO TV channel 1300, according to Engadget. New York-based fans will also be able to watch the game live at at the theater at Madison Square Garden. You know, just in case you haven’t spent $3,000 on one of the 3-D TV sets that have only been available for a few weeks.
MSG said that it is currently in discussions with other operators about carrying the game as well, but Cablevision definitely scored a bit of a prize with this one. Comcast announced earlier this week that it will broadcast the Masters Tournament in 3-D, which would have given it the bragging rights for the first 3-D sports event ever broadcast in the U.S. ESPN has said that it would start a 3-D network in time for the World Cup in June, and DirecTV also has some 3-D sports coverage in the works for the coming months.
Rangers vs. Islanders will be shot with technology from 3ality Digital, which also powered BSkyB’s January 3-D Premiere League Soccer broadcast.
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