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Sky 3D to show ESPN's Winter X Games

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ESPN and Sky have jointly announced that coverage of the Winter X Games 15 will be aired on the Sky 3D channel throughout February and March.

The event, which took place last month in Aspen, marked the first time that ESPN has produced coverage of the ski and snowboard competition in 3D.

The Disney-owned broadcaster used 15 different 3D cameras for the coverage, including ultra slow-motion, flycam, crane-mounted and wireless skier-mounted 3D camera rigs.

The camera set up was designed to give viewers "a unique perspective on the speed, distances travelled and feats of acrobatic athleticism displayed by the world's premier winter action sports athletes".

Among the around 200 top athletes to attend Winter X Games 15 were medallists Shaun White, Lindsay Jacobellis, Kevin Rolland, Torstein Horgmo and Britain's Jenny Jones.

"The spectacular action and gravity defying tricks of some of the world's greatest action sports athletes are all featured in Winter X Games 15," said Murray Barnett, vice president of sports channels and syndication at ESPN.

"There can be no better technology than 3D to showcase their stunning ability. ESPN is proud to team up with Sky 3D to bring this unique event to viewers, and expect it's just the first of many great sporting events in 3D that ESPN can serve to UK sports fans."

Sky 3D channel director John Cassy added "It's great to be working with broadcasters like ESPN who are embracing what 3D can do for different genres of TV entertainment.

"Adding an exhilarating event like the Winter X Games to our channel lineup shows how we are building on our ambition to make Sky 3D the home of great 3D from Sky and a host of other broadcasters."

Coverage of the Winter X Games will premiere on Sky 3D tomorrow at 9am - marking the first time that ESPN's 3D content has aired in the UK - and run until March 30.

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