Tennis fans with 3D TVs – you no longer need to spend money purchasing tickets to catch the 2011 US Open. How about watching it from the comfort of your living room instead? The USTA (United States Tennis Association) has announced that it will be working with Panasonic and CBS to broadcast the US Open Tennis Championships in 3D again this year (last year’s tournament was also broadcasted in 3D). From the press release:
This year’s expanded 3D broadcast coverage will include new, 3D-specific positions designed by the telecast partners to provide the best 3D perspectives. The action will be covered by 10 3D broadcast cameras and a high-speed 3D replay system. A pre-production model of Panasonic’s new 3DP1 handheld Full HD 3D professional camcorder (available later this fall) will be used to provide match and grounds coverage for the telecast. And the overall court coverage will again be based around the innovative 3D broadcast camera shadow rigs designed by the Cameron Pace Group and used last year.
The US Open this year will be available on DirecTV’s channel 103, Comcast Xfinity 3D subscribers will also be able to tune in to the matches. More distribution discussions with additional providers are ongoing as well. The finals will also be streamed online in 3D at USOpen.org.
This means that there is no longer a need to be out in the hot sun, next to sweaty, sticky people, and let’s not forget there will be no more need to hunt for a parking spot or deal with the traffic jam after the games are over. You can snack on whatever you want, and your beers will always be cold. How’s that for staying at home? Find out more about the match schedule.