First 24/7 3-D TV Channel Launches Sunday
DirecTV has announced it will launch 3net, the first round-the-clock 3-D channel, to its subscribers this Sunday, Feb. 13 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Sunday's lineup includes hour long premieres of "China Revealed" produced by Natural History New Zealand, "Forgotten Planet" from Flight 33 Productions, and "Into the Deep 3-D" from IMAX. 3net will broadcast on channel 107. Throughout February, the network will rollout original 3-D TV series and movies, debuting a new program every night at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Based on last month's announcement, viewers can expect to see "Attack of the Giant Jellyfish," Sony Pictures' "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," "Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D," and "The Haunted." At this point, 3net will present a revolving schedule to fill its 24 hour daily programming.
3net is a joint venture television network between Sony Corporation, Discovery Communications and IMAX Corporation that began development last July.
DirecTV HD customers have received a free software upgrade that enables them to have access to the 3-D channel on DIRECTV.
On a smaller scale, the set-top box maker, Roku this week announced that WealthTV will air a handful of 3-D programs along with its regular programming. WealthTV made headlines last month when it was the first cable channel to offer its programming separate from big cable packages. WealthTV subscription costs $2.99 a month through the Roku online store.