CULVER CITY, Calif., Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 3net, the joint venture 24/7 3D network from Sony, Discovery and IMAX, will bring its unique brand of original, immersive 3D entertainment to Xfinity TV from Comcast. Beginning Mon., Jan. 28, Xfinity TV customers eligible to receive 3D services will have access to three hours of unique television available at least five days per week, including award-winning original 3D television series and specials in a wide variety of genres. In addition, select 3net programs will also be available for these customers on Xfinity On Demand in the near future.
"With 3D televisions already in nearly 25 million U.S. households - and industry predictions of dramatic in-home 3D growth in 2013 - today's announcement further solidifies our ongoing commitment to meeting the ever-growing consumer appetite for high-quality, original 3D television content," said Tom Cosgrove, President & CEO, 3net. "We're proud to make this special 3net programming sampler available to Xfinity 3D customers nationwide, and we look forward to working with Comcast to grow the in-home 3D market by exposing their audience to the very best in 3net content."
The 3net channel content sampler will premiere on Xfinity 3D Monday, January 28 at 7PM ET, followed by encore presentations Thursdays at 7PM ET, Saturdays at 3PM and 8PM ET, and Sundays at 11AM ET. New content from the 3net channel service will premiere on Xfinity 3D each Monday at 7PM ET, with exclusive themed weeks premiering from February 11 onward.
Monday, January 28:
Storm Surfers (3net Original Series) – This groundbreaking native 3D series follows surfing legends, best friends and larger-than-life personalities Ross Clarke-Jones - a Australian Surfing Hall of Fame inductee - and two-time surfing World Champion Tom Carroll as they work with genius surf-forecaster Ben Matson to hunt down Mother Nature's biggest waves and surf the planet's most dangerous breaks.
NASCAR: The IMAX Experience (IMAX) – In this special, viewers take the wheel for a hot lap with America's favorite spectator sport to experience the excitement of NASCAR racing and feel the roar as 750-horsepower stock cars are unleashed.
A Year in Africa (3net Original Special) - Witness what it takes to survive the elements and to outwit natural enemies. Travel with a herd of elephants in search of water, and go on a guided Big 5 Safari. Visit Africa's largest aquarium to learn about sharks and camp out on a beach to investigate growing up in a seal colony. This is life in the African Wild.
Monday, February 4:
Forgotten Planet (3net Original Series) – This unique 3D series crosses the globe to reveal some of the strangest places on earth - once vibrant cities now completely devoid of all humanity. Enter the emptiness of the city of Chernobyl, walk the halls and streets of abandoned Hashima Island, the Old West ghost town of Bodie and the transplanted German village of Kolmanskop - abandoned in the Namibian desert.
River Monsters 3D (3net/Animal Planet Original Special) - In southern Africa there are rumors of a deadly fish that lurks unseen in the eerie waters of the Okavango. A killer with shark-like teeth, there are stories of hunting in packs, feeding frenzies on schooling fish...and even human bodies. Jeremy Wade is on a mission to see if he can track down and identify this terrifying river monster.
China Revealed (3net Original Series) - China's beauty is little seen, often hidden and always surprising. This hour-long series explores the thronging cities, epic vistas and spiritual heartlands of this huge and mysterious country in stunning 3D.
Monday, February 11 – "Construction Junction:"
Building the Brand (3net Original Series) – This series explores amazing factories, following the creation of some of the world's most iconic products. From handcrafted Gibson guitars, luxurious Rolls Royce cars, awesome Pierce fire trucks and the U.S. Army's Apache helicopters, viewers can follow the build process from blueprint design to the end of the assembly line.
Super Systems (3net Original Series) – This series pulls back the 3D curtain on some of the most complex systems on the planet, revealing the incredible people, machines and processes that keep the world around us ticking.
Hillbilly Blood: A Hardscrabble Life (3net Original Series) - This series follows the exploits of two experienced mountain men as they demonstrate the kind of backwoods ingenuity required to live off the land and survive the hardscrabble life deep in the mountains of Appalachia.
3net, the joint venture of Sony Corporation, Discovery Communications and IMAX Corporation brings together three of the world's leading media, technology and entertainment companies to provide the nation's first and only fully programmed, 24/7 3D network available to millions of satellite, cable and IPTV subscribers in the U.S. The three partners deliver an extraordinary collection of award-winning 3D content, technology and production expertise, television distribution and operational strength to the project, with a mission to bring viewers the highest quality and most immersive in-home 3D viewing experience possible. The channel features the most extensive library of original, native programming in the world, featuring genres that are most appealing in 3D, including natural history, documentary, action/adventure, travel, history, kids and family, lifestyle and cuisine, concerts, movies, scripted series and more. The company recently announced the formation of 3net Studios, with a goal of producing the highest quality native 3D and 4K content source possible for both its flagship 3net channel as well as partners around the globe. For more information, please visit www.3net.com.