Is your HDTV not HD enough? 3net Studios announced today production of three original native Ultra HD (4K) television series with the working titles “National Parks Adventure,” “Metropolis,” and “Made by Man.” Ultra HD (also referred to as 4k), is a high-definition format four-times the current standard HD resolution at 3840×2160 (8.3 megapixels).
Late last week Google announced two channels, 3net and ESPN3D, have been added to the Google Fiber service. 3net, a joint venture between Sony, Discovery and IMAX, has been added to the Gigabit + TV package. And, for an extra $5 per month you can get ESPN3D. 3net broadcasts a wide range of 3D content including documentaries, concerts, movies and scripted series. 3net Studios also produces original content in native 3D 4K, 2D 4K, 3D 2K and both 3D/2D HD formats. ESPN3D is a 24/7 sports channel that offers 3D coverage of golf, basketball, soccer, X Games, and other sporting events.
The 3D television network 3net will start airing on Comcast Xfinity TV networks this Monday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. ET, when 3net premieres the original series Storm Surfers, A Year in Africa, and NASCAR: The IMAX Experience. Those shows will have encore presentations on Jan. 31, Feb. 2, and Feb. 3. Xfinity TV subscribers will also be able to get 3net content On Demand. 3net says new shows will air on Mondays, with the original series “Forgotten Planet” starting on Feb. 4. To view the 3D shows, subscribers will need an HDMI-connected 3D TV, 3D glasses, supporting set-top-box, and Xfinity TV service with HD package. Comcast does not charge extra for the 3D service on Xfinity TV.
Service Electric Cablevision customers in Northeastern Pennsylvania can now get the 3D television network 3net, as the company officially launched the full-time channel last Thursday, Dec. 13. 3net broadcasts 3D content in various genres including history, documentary, adventure, travel, family, concerts, movies, and scripted series, with titles such as Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure, From the Basement, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. 3net will also premiere Sony’s animated 3D film Open Season.
Tired of the same old 3D movies and TV shows? 3net is about to change that as the company announced they would start creating 3D content through a new production venture called 3net Studios. 3net partners — Sony, Discovery and IMAX — say the new studio will create content in native 3D 4K, 2D 4K, 3D 2K and both 3D/2D HD formats, making their productions compatible with most current and future broadcast platforms. 3net is expected to reveal their upcoming slate of projects in the coming weeks.
If you thought 3D was going away you might find an argument from Sony, Discovery and IMAX who are loading up 3net with 3D programming on DIRECTV next month. The joint venture calls December “the Most Ambitious Rollout of 3D Programming in Television History” with over 50 hours of new 3D programming slated for airing. Some highlights for December include the 3D documentary “Madagascar: The Lost Makay,” extreme fighting in 3D with “Beatdown: Bamma USA Fight Night,” and “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure” which looks at the Earth’s Cretaceous period in 3D. “We’ve got something for everyone in the family to enjoy,” says Tom Cosgrove, President & CEO of 3net. Unfortunately, 3net is currently only available to families with DirecTV (on Channel 107). Check out 3net’s December highlights below.
For DirecTV subscribers, IN THE QUBE will premiere on 3net this Sunday, April 24 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The one-hour news program is dedicated to 3D news including movies, electronics, video gaming, and even the making of the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Calendar.
DirecTV will be the first television provider to launch 3net, the joint network that includes Sony Corporation, Discovery Communications and IMAX Corporation. The network will kick off at 8:00 PM Eastern on DirecTV’s channel 107 with the premiere of “Into the Deep 3D” and new original 3D programs “China Revealed” and “Forgotten Planet.”