Verizon FiOS TV will launch ESPN 3D on April 5, in advance of The Masters Golf Tournament and the NBA playoffs. Verizon FiOs is the fifth cable/satellite provider to feature the 24-hour 3D network, joining Comcast, DirecTV, Time Warner Cable and AT&T U-verse TV. With the addition of Verizon, ESPN 3D is now available in more than 63 million homes.
ESPN 3D will be available to FiOS TV customers who have a 3D television set, 3D glasses, and an HD set-top box. The channel will be included at no extra charge for FiOS TV customers who subscribe to the Ultimate HD package, or on its own for $9.99 per month.
The agreement to carry ESPN 3D is part of a larger carriage deal between Verizon and ESPN Media Networks that was announced in October 2010, which also allows FiOS customers to live streaming of ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN Buzzer Beater/Goal Line.
“The launch of ESPN 3D on FiOS TV marks an exciting addition for our customers, giving them 24/7 access to 3D programming for the first time,” said Terry Denson, vice president of content strategy and acquisition for Verizon. “We continue to enhance our FiOS TV offering, with interactive applications, online video programming, and more and more 3D programming. And with the addition of ESPN 3D, our customers will get exciting sports programming that includes the Masters and NBA playoffs – all in 3D.”
ESPN 3D’s programming schedule can be found here.