DirecTV Can't Offer Masters In 3D, But It's Still Competing

Posted: Apr 5 2010, 3:21pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 8:23pm CDT, in Home Entertainment


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The Masters golf tournament will be the first televised program to be broadcast with new 3D technology, but satellite companies haven't had time to put in a working infrastructure. So DirecTV is offering a "multi-channel" interactive experience instead.

DirecTV will offer a package of coverage for the Masters tournament that includes four dedicated channels, each broadcasting the event with a different angle - one is a feed from ESPN, while the others are live, raw coverage feeds. One master channel displays all channels simultaneously, with users able to choose which audio feed they want to hear.

Additionally, users can bring up interactive scoreboards and statistics, and can answer golf trivia questions.

It's the kind of service that would normally win the headline of the day, but this year it's stunted because of the fact that cable companies will be broadcasting tournament coverage in 3D.

Comcast, Cox, Time Warner, and Cablevision have all announced plans to air at least some coverage of the competition on a dedicated 3D channel, which will be the first time ever that an entire 3D channel has been launched in the US.

DirecTV has long held the crown for having more HD channels than any cable competitor, but when it comes to 3D, satellite is behind the curve.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/6" rel="author">Mark Raby</a>
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