ESPN on Tuesday announced that it will launch the first 3D television network.
ESPN 3D will air a minimum of 85 live sporting events in its first year, beginning with the first match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup on June 11, the network said in a news release.
“ESPN’s commitment to 3D is a win for fans and our business partners,” said George Bodenheimer, Co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and President of ESPN and ABC Sports.
Other events in the lineup will include 25 World Cup matches, the Summer X Games, college basketball and college football, including the 2011 national championship game.
ESPN has been testing its 3D product for more than two years. Last fall, the network produced a 3D version of the USC vs. OSU college football game last fall, which was distributed to select theaters.