ESPN 3D is a cable television network that features 3D versions of sports events. Launched on June 11, 2010, it is a member of the ESPN family of sports-related networks. The channel simulcasts live games from other ESPN networks on a semi-regular basis. It began nonstop broadcasting on February 14, 2011. Most programs are reruns of games enhanced to feature 3D.
ESPN 3D launched on June 11, 2010 with a 3D broadcast of the opening match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Other programs broadcasted include the 2011 BCS National Championship Game and various college football and basketball games. Early programming included 25 matches from the 2010 World Cup and the Summer X Games. Up to 85 live events were shown on the network in 2010. ESPN 3D produced 14 games from the National Basketball Association (NBA) during the 2010-11 season, including 7 playoff games. The first NBA game broadcast was between the Miami Heat and the New York Knicks on December 17, 2010. On June 30, 2011, ESPN announced that ESPN 3D would air the first Men's Semi-Finals match of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships live, to be followed by a tape of the 2nd Men’s Semi-Finals. ESPN would also air on July 4, 2011 a recording of the Ladies and Men's Finals. ESPN 3D also broadcast all of the 2011 Little League World Series. games.
DirecTV, Comcast and AT&T U-verse have carried ESPN 3D since its laun Time Warner Cable reached an agreement to carry the channel on September 2, 2010 Verizon FiOS began carrying it on April 5, 2011.
ESPN 3D became available in Australia on July 30, 2010. It started broadcasting in Brazil with the UEFA Champions League 2010-2011 Final in cinemas in nine cities and a special channel of NET S.A cable television. Later, ESPN 3D broadcast the final match the of US Open 2011, final of Roland Garros 2011, and Milan x Barcelona in 5th matchday of group H of UEFA Champions League 2011-2012 in Brazil.
On August 1 2011, while the X-Games where ongoing, AT&T abruptly stopped providing the ESPN 3D channel to its U-verse customers, citing high cost and low demand.
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