2010 FIFA World Cup in 3D
The world’s most popular sporting event kicks off today and for the first time in the history of the FIFA World Cup, several games will be broadcast live in 3D. So, does this mean England’s Wayne Rooney, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and other prominent international football stars will be bending balls to your couch? Well, sort of, if you have the right TV and cable/satellite set-up.

The new 3DTVs from Panasonic, LG and others are designed to let you experience depth in the picture when wearing their specially-made 3D glasses. The goal of the technology, no pun intended, is to immerse you in the action onscreen. However, instead of having footballs and yellow flags flying off the screen towards you, broadcasters hope to present an experience that provides you a window into the game, making you feel like you are on the field.

“For years, TV makers have talked about the realism in their pictures. The addition of 3D takes them one step closer to putting you on the pitch,” said Rick Dean, Sr. vice president at THX and Chairman of the 3D@Home Consortium. “This 2010 World Cup represents one of the milestone events that will define how 3D will be broadcast in years to come, and the early adopters of 3D-ready TVs will be the first to experience the World Cup like never before.”

What Do You Need to Experience 3D?

In order to view any of the World Cup games in 3D you will need to have the following:

  • 3D-ready TV
  • Either “passive” or “active shutter” glasses specific to your TV – often bundled with the TV itself
  • Subscription to one of the satellite or cable services carrying the games, such as Time-Warner Cable, Comcast, DirectTV and AT&T U-verse
  • An HD Set-top Box or HD DVR compatible with your cable/satellite provider
  • Correct Set-up— make sure your cables are hooked up correctly and the 3D-ready TV is in the appropriate 3D playback mode
  • In the U.S., ESPN 3D will be the exclusive cable broadcaster with some games being broadcast on ABC. Channel numbers will vary depending on your cable/satellite provider and some may charge an additional service fee for 3D.

    The FIFA World Cup in South Africa runs June 11-July 11. The first 3D game will feature Mexico vs. South Africa on Friday, June 11 at 10am (EDT).

    Here is a complete list of games scheduled to be broadcast in 3D. Click here for more details.

    World Cup Matches in 3D

    • June 11, 2010 – Opening Game & Ceremony: South Africa vs. Mexico
    • June 12, 2010 – Argentina vs. Nigeria
    • June 13, 2010 – Germany vs. Australia
    • June 14, 2010 – Netherlands vs. Denmark
    • June 15, 2010 – Brazil vs. North Korea
    • June 16, 2010 – Spain vs. Switzerland
    • June 17, 2010 – Argentina vs. South Korea
    • June 18, 2010 – Slovenia vs. United States
    • June 19, 2010 – Netherlands vs. Japan
    • June 20, 2010 – Brazil vs. Ivory Coast
    • June 21, 2010 – Spain vs. Honduras
    • June 22, 2010 – Nigeria vs. South Korea
    • June 23, 2010 – Ghana vs. Germany
    • June 24, 2010 – Slovakia vs. Italy
    • June 25, 2010 – Portugal vs. Brazil
    • June 27, 2010 – Round of 16 match
    • June 28, 2010 – Round of 16 match
    • July 2, 2010 – Quarterfinals
    • July 3, 2010 – Quarterfinals
    • July 3, 2010 – Quarterfinals
    • July 7, 2010 – Semifinals
    • July 7, 2010 – Semifinals
    • July 10, 2010 – 3rd place match
    • July 11, 2010 – World Cup 2010 Final