Sony, Discovery and IMAX’s all-3D network 3net will go live on February 13 via its first distributor, satellite TV service DirecTV, execs announced Thursday. Beginning at 8pm EST, the channel will air one-hour specials: China Revealed, produced by Natural History New Zealand Inc., and Forgotten Planet, Flight 33 Productions’ look at ghost towns around the world, followed by the premiere of the feature-length IMAX film Into The Deep 3D.
New series and specials will roll out during the month of February, with new programming premiering at 9pm daily.
Previously announced original series set to air on 3net include Experience 3D, Arena Films’ hour-long “thrill-ride” program that promises to put viewers in the driver’s seat on land, sea and air; the Leonardo DiCaprio-narrated Hubble 3D, corproduced by IMAX and Warner Brothers Television in cooperation with NASA; In the Qube 3D, a magazine-style series from Sony Pictures Television, Chomp Productions and Jump! Creative, and the natural history program Wildebeest Migration, produced by Electric Sky for Discovery.
The day after 3net goes 24/7, ESPN 3D will begin airing 3D sports programming around the clock, including 3D commercials.