Michelle Clancy ©RapidTVNews | 24-08-2011
The U.S. Open Grand Slam tennis tournament will be brought to TV viewers in the U.S. with expanded 3D coverage in September.
The 3D telecasts of the U.S. Open will again be available on DirecTV's n3D, andt his year, Comcast will also carry the 3D feed on Xfinity 3D. The men's and women's finals will be streamed live in 3D on USOpen.org.
The expanded coverage includes all Arthur Ashe Stadium matches that are broadcast in HD both on Labor Day weekend and on finals weekend, as well as select matches from Louis Armstrong Stadium. The 3D broadcasts will use a separate crew and equipment from the HD broadcasts. Court coverage will again be based around broadcast cameras using the Shadow 3D rigs designed by the Cameron Pace Group, the company co-founded by James Cameron and Vince Pace.
A preproduction model of Panasonic’s soon-to-be released handheld Full HD 3D professional camcorder will be used as part of the match and grounds coverage.
"With our additional cameras and enhanced camera positions, including low, court-level positions, viewers will feel like they’re actually on the court with some of the world’s greatest players," said Harold Byrant, executive producer and vp production at CBS Sports.
Last year’s 3D production of the U.S. Open was recognized with a 2010 Emmy Award for technical achievement.
Content continues to ramp up as capabilitiesbecome embedded within the home: Research firm DisplaySearch projects that about 20 million 3DTVs will be sold worldwide by the end of 2011.