Sony and FIFA to show 25 World Cup matches in 3D

Following the announcement to broadcast the World Cup in 3D, Sony and FIFA have revealed that 25 matches in total will be filmed and broadcast in 3D, including the opening South Africa vs Mexico game on 6 June and the crowning final game on 11 July.

3D filming will take place at five out of the ten FIFA World Cup stadiums: Soccer City and Ellis Park in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

No England matches will be shown in 3D unless the team reaches the quarter finals of the competition. All final stages of the competition will be broadcast in 3D.

"The 3D feed from these 25 matches will be made available for broadcast on 3D channels, which can be enjoyed by consumers on their 3D-compatible TV sets in the comfort of their home, almost as if they were in the football stadium themselves," said Niclas Ericson, Director of FIFA TV. "Whilst discussions with major broadcasters are ongoing, I am very pleased to announce the first confirmed partners for the 3D live broadcast, who are ESPN in the US and Sogecable in Spain. We expect further announcements to be made shortly," he added.

Eight matches will be fed live to digital cinemas and selected venues in 3D HD quality to around 26 countries.

DTG Staff  |  08.04.2010

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