Turner Sports and The PGA of America announced that they will offer coverage of the 92nd PGA Championship in 3D on a number of cable and satellite outlets carrying TNT. The 3D coverage of the preliminary rounds will air Thursday, August 12th and Friday, August 13th.
The 3D telecasts will be available on PGA.com and through TNT’s television distributors Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications, DirecTV and Time Warner Cable. The 3D coverage will focus on the par-3 12th and 17th holes at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm ET each day. Host Vince Cellini, who will be joined by 2002 PGA Champion Rich Beem, will provide commentary and analysis on the holes. Beem also will provide analysis throughout the weekend during PGA.com’s extensive 2D online offerings.
The final rounds Saturday and Sunday, August 14th and 15th, will air 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on TNT and 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm on CBS.
The 3D production by TNT on Thursday and Friday will utilize eight cameras produced specifically for 3D that will provide a unique look at course action and give fans a one-of-a-kind visual experience to watch the world’s best golfers play the course’s challenging par-3s. In order to experience the event in 3D, viewers will need a 3D TV or PC display with matching 3D glasses. Fans can visit http://www.pga.com/pgachampionship/2010/3d to get more information about the hardware and software used to view the 3D production online.
In addition to 3D coverage, Turner Sports will also offer 20 hours of television coverage on TNT, live 2D coverage on PGA.com and on mobile devices.
“At Turner Sports we continually look to provide the fan with an innovative viewing experience through our ability to test and explore new opportunities,” said Lenny Daniels, Turner Sports EVP and COO.
“The PGA Championship has perennially been the source of many of the game’s most special moments. The addition of 3D television and online technology unfolding at Whistling Straits, a spectacular venue for viewers, is yet another new level of excitement for fans to follow the world’s premier players,” said PGA of America Director of Broadcast & New Media Casey Morton.