TF1 plans to launch a 3D channel

Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 10-12-2010

At a forum dedicated to innovation Paris, French independent broadcasting TV group TF1 announced that it is planning to launch a 3D channel.

At the “Campus TF1 Innovation”, group presented its strategy and plans in terms of new screens, stressing that new devices and usages do not threaten linear TV but will be e complementary to it.

As reported by French titles Satellifax and Les Echos, the group is having talks with operators CanalSat, Numericable and IPTV networks to get its upcoming 3D events channel distributed. It will carry mostly events such as sports and entertainment and in order to offer rugby in 3D in time for the 2011 World Cup, the group is also in discussion with the French Federation of Rugby.

Up to now, TF1 has tested the 3D broadcast for football, showing five matches from the South Africa FIFA World Cup. A 3D version of sport channel Eurosport is also being studied. Yet before the 3D play, TF1 will launch an iPad app on early 2011.