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Canal Plus to launch 3D channel for World Cup

French pay-TV provider Canal Plus is to follow commercial freet-to-air channel TF1 in offering 3D coverage of the forthcoming football World Cup from South Africa.

Canal Plus plans to launch its own 3D channel in advance of the tournament, and to broadcast nine matches in 3D. After the World Cup, the broadcaster will use the channel to distribute a range of 3D programming, including movies, magazine shows, animation and sport.

TF1 reportedly plans to broadcast five matches from the World Cup in 3D, including the final, over fibre, satellite and ADSL networks, although the broadcaster has yet to identify the specific operators. FIFA partner Sony plans to produce 25 matches in 3D in total from the championship.

Separately, Dutch cable operator Ziggo is to broadcast the country’s first live 3D event. Grote Verkiezingsgala, a political debate show ahead of the forthcoming general election on June 9, will air between 18:30 to 24:00 on June 6.

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