ESPN and Sky are to follow up their collaboration on the 3D broadcast of the FA Cup final by sharing the broadcast of this month’s NBA Basketball finals.
This syndication follows last month’s live FA Cup 3D broadcast that featured ESPN commentators and branding but went out on the Sky 3D channel, which currently has around 70,000 domestic subscribers.
ESPN runs its own 3D channel in the US and has worked with Sky in the UK to broadcast extreme sports competition Winter Games 15 throughout February and March. The two companies say they will continue to explore additional ESPN 3D on Sky 3D sports events.
ESPN’s 3D coverage of the NBA finals begins tonight [Wed June 1] and will feature every game of the best-of-seven series live in 3D for Sky World subscribers with a Sky+HD box and a 3D TV.
The NBA Finals will also be available in the more than 1,500 Sky 3D pubs nationwide. ESPN will feature live HD coverage throughout the NBA Finals as well.
The coverage will feature commentary from ESPN’s Mark Jones, with co-commentary and analysis from former NBA players Bruce Bowen and Tim Legler. Coverage will utilize nine native 3D cameras including an Ultra Slo-Motion camera, a wireless hand held 3D camera and robotic cameras above and below each basket.
“Sports have been the key driver of consumer use and adoption of technology and innovation repeatedly through the years, and that continues today with 3D TV,” said Murray Barnett, vice president, ESPN Media Distribution.
“The NBA, Sky 3D and ESPN 3D are all innovation leaders in the sports world, and this collaboration will benefit fans in homes and pubs around the UK.”
John Cassy, channel director of Sky 3D, added: “In addition to our own world-leading 3D production capability, we continue to work with other 3D innovators like ESPN to ensure we offer the breadth and depth of 3D sports content that our customers demand.”