3net unveils June 3D programming slate

    Consumer Reports News: May 25, 2011 11:06 AM

    3D TV owners who subscribe to a TV service (such as DirecTV) that offers the new 3net channel will get a bump in the amount of 3D content they can watch next month, when the network rolls out a strong slate of new 3D programs.

    Among the offerings that debut in June from 3net—a full-time 3D network from Discovery, Sony, and IMAX—are a mix of new episodes of original 3net series, in categories such as nature and animals, action/adventure, culture, and entertainment.

    In a statement announcing the new programs, 3net President Tom Cosgrove said the June lineup will drive in-home 3D adoption and combat "the misconception that in-home 3D offerings are scarce." Although it launched only three months ago, 3net says it will offer the most extensive library of native 3D content in the world by the end of 2011.

    Here's the June lineup of original 3D shows. All air at 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m./ PCT unless otherwise noted:

    June 1 - African Wild, "Gannets"
    June 2 - High Octane, "Ice Climbing vs. Sandrails"
    June 3 - Experience 3D, "New York Ships"
    June 4 - China Revealed, "Dunhuang"
    June 8 - Feeding Time, "Penguins, Polar Bears, Lemurs and Rhinos"
    June 9 - High Octane, "Surfing vs. Freerunning"
    June 10 - Experience 3D, "Malibu"
    June 10 - Experience 3D, "Road to Hana" (10p ET/PT)
    June 11 - Jewels of the World, "Fiorland"
    June 15 - Feeding Time, "Monkeys, Elephants, Otters and Grizzlies"
    June 16 - High Octane, "Street and Park Skateboarding vs. ATV and UTV"
    June 17 - Building the Brand, "John Deere"
    June 17 - Experience 3D, "Rock Climbing" (10p ET/PT)
    June 18 - China Revealed, "Harbin"
    June 22 - African Wild, "Penguins"
    June 23 - Live Fire, "Army NTC"
    June 24 - Experience 3D, "Racecars" (10p ET/PT)
    June 24 - Building the Brand, "Trek Bicycles"
    June 25 - Jewels of the World, "Santorini"
    June 25 - Jewels of the World, "Rome" (10p ET/PT)
    June 26 - In the Qube, "Red, White and Blue"
    June 30 - High Octane, "Inline Skate vs. Freestyle Motor Bikes"

    The company is also currently in production on a 3D series about the Civil War, which is slated to air this fall.

    If you're a DirecTV subscriber who's been watching the 3net channel, let us know what you think about its shows. We'd also like to know what other TV service providers are offering 3net.

    James K. Willcox


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