Cablevision jumps into 3D programming space

Cablevision Systems kicked off the sports in 3D era with the N.Y. Rangers blanking the N.Y. Islanders 5-0 in a hockey game shown in 3D on the MSG Network last night. To accomplish the historic feat of making what was reportedly a dull hockey game at least a little exciting, the MSO used 3D technology from RealD which it now says it will license for future 3D programming.

RealD lets Cablevision send its programs in 3D using current broadcast systems and existing set-top boxes. The catch, and it's a big one, is that consumers need a 3D-compatible TV because 2D-only sets can't be upgraded to 3D and, of course, 3D sets aren't cheap.

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