01.02.2010

Fans view world"s first 3D sports game

Fans view world"s first 3D sports game

By Adrian Galbreth

Football fans have watched the first ever live 3D broadcast of a sports game.

Fans crowded into nine pubs across the UK and donned 3D glasses to see Arsenal take on Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in north London.

Sky Sports delivered the pioneering service, with commentary, camera shots and editing being separate from the traditional Sky Sports coverage of the match.

Ex-Gunner Alan Smith and commentator Alan Parry provided the voices for the world first and, as the match got underway, Parry said: "It"s a moment of television history. You"ll see every shot, every tackle and every save in a way you"ve never seen before. I"m sure it will revolutionise the way we watch live sports."

Sky Sports took two years to develop the system and even went to the length of visiting James Cameron, director of the recent 3D film Avatar, which has topped the US box office for the seventh week in a row.

The broadcaster says it will increase coverage both at a greater number of UK pubs and to its Sky+HD customers.

by Emily Tait


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