Astro to screen World Cup final in 3D

KUALA LUMPUR: Astro will be creating history on July 12 when it broadcasts the first-ever 3D live telecast of the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa to a local audience.

The satellite TV operator said that its B.yond high-definition service customers with the Sports package can tune in to a free temporary channel 830 for the final match at 2.30am on the Monday.

However they will need to have a 3D TV at home that is set to enable 3D with the 3D shutter glasses activated. Subscribers without 3D TVs will not be able to watch the match in 3D, instead they will only see a blurry image on the screen.

The company announced this at a private screening of the first semi-final match between the Netherlands and Uruguay in 3D for the media last night where the Dutch progressed to the final with a 3-2 scoreline.

In conjunction with World Cup 2010 matches being recorded in 3D by Sony, the match was shown on Sony Bravia HX8 3D TVs that will be available in the local market in September.

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