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Thursday Night Football Raiders-Chargers On Local Network in 3D

December 2nd, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

On December 4, the Raiders will travel to San Diego to face the Chargers for Thursday Night Football. The game will be simultaneously broadcasted on the NFL Network as well as each team’s local networks. For us local Raiders fans, either Fox 2 or CBS 5 on 5PM.

But more interesting, this Thursday’s game will be the first NFL game ever to be partially broadcasted in 3-D. Yes. You heard it, 3-Dimensions (with those stupid red and blue lens glasses) as in in your face football. 3ality Digital LLC based out of Burbank California will be shooting the game with special 3-D cameras that will only broadcast on select theatres in L.A., New York, and Boston. So for now, we won’t be able to catch the 3-D’ness. 

But here’s the excerpt from the Wall Street Journal:

Next week, a game between the San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders will be broadcast live in 3-D to theaters in Los Angeles, New York and Boston. It is a preliminary step on what is likely a long road to any regular 3-D broadcasts of football games.

The idea is a “proof of concept,” says Howard Katz, NFL senior vice president of broadcasting and media operations. “We want to demonstrate this and let people get excited about it and see what the future holds.”

As HDTV has just took hold in the recent years, early developers are experimenting with 3-D capable television sets. A handful are available in stores that are compatible with HD-enabled DVD players. But 3-D televisions are purely experimental at the time. We’ll see how 3-D works this Thursday as the Raiders face off with the Chargers.

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