will launch ESPN 3D on April 5, in time to bring sports fans outstanding 3D content including the Masters Golf Tournament and the NBA playoffs. ESPN 3D, the industry’s first 3D network, will be viewable for FiOS TV customers who have a 3D television set, 3D glasses and a high-definition set-top box. The channel will be included at no extra charge for FiOS TV customers who subscribe to the Ultimate HD package, or on its own for $9.99 per month.
“The launch of ESPN 3D on FiOS TV marks an exciting addition for our customers, giving them 24/7 access to 3D programming for the first time,” said Terry Denson, vice president of content strategy and acquisition for Verizon. “We continue to enhance our FiOS TV offering, with interactive applications, online video programming, and more and more 3D programming. And with the addition of ESPN 3D, our customers will get exciting sports programming that includes the Masters and NBA playoffs – all in 3D.”
With the addition of Verizon, ESPN 3D is now available in more than 63 million homes. The network is on track to feature nearly 100 events in its first year. Upcoming programming highlights include:
Date Time (ET) Event
Wednesday, April 6 3 p.m. 2011 Masters Par 3 contest
Thursday, April 7 5:30 p.m. 2011 Masters First Round
Friday, April 8 5:30 p.m. 2011 Masters Second Round
Saturday, April 9 5 p.m. 2011 Masters Third Round
Sunday, April 10 5 p.m. 2011 Masters Final Round
Saturday, April 16 TBD NBA Playoffs (Game 1 – First Round)
Saturday, April 23 TBD NBA Playoffs (Game 4 -- First Round)
Thursday, May 5 TBD NBA Conference Semifinal (Game 2)
Tuesday, May 17 TBD NBA Conference Finals (Game 1)
Thursday, May 19 TBD NBA Conference Finals (Game 2)
Wednesday, May 25 TBD NBA Conference Finals (Game 4)
ESPN 3D has featured two college championships crowned on the new network (Bowl Championship Series in January and the BIG EAST tournament) and will feature the upcoming NBA Finals in June. ESPN 3D has also highlighted college football, college basketball, Winter and Summer X Games and more during the first year. It began showing 3D content 24 hours a day on February 14.
ESPN 3D joins FiOS TV’s broad collection of programming, which offers a growing number of 3D movies on Video on Demand as well as more than 520 all-digital channels including up to 145 HD channels. ESPN programming is also available online to FiOS subscribers, with live streaming of ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN Buzzer Beater/Goal Line available at www.verizon.com/fiostvonline
. FiOS also provides next-generation interactive services including an advanced interactive media guide; social networking, news and entertainment widgets; remote DVR management via broadband or cell phone; and more.