Cablevision, MSG Drop Puck on 3D NHL Coverage With Help of 3ality, Game Creek Video, and Harris

Last week, we reported that Comcast’s delivery of the Masters in 3D would make golf the first sport to reach consumer homes in 3D. Well, that turned out to be short-lived. Next week, Cablevision and MSG will deliver the March 24 National Hockey League game between the New York Rangers and New York Islanders to Cablevision subscribers. So (at least for now) it appears that hockey will be the answer to a future trivia question about 3D to the home. But as we learned this week that very well could change.

The game will be shot using five 3ality Digital camera rigs and Game Creek Video will provide a separate HD mobile video production unit for the game for the production. Harris NetVX encoders and signal processing gear will be used to help get signals out to cable subscribers while in the Theater at Madison Square Garden, RealD’s 3D stereoscopic Cinema Processing System will enable the audience to view the game in 3D via eyewear, screen and filtering technology.

The Rangers will host a special viewing party of this historic telecast at the Theater at Madison Square Garden that will include appearances by popular Rangers alumni Mark Messier, Adam Graves, Ron Duguay, Nick Fotiu, Ron Greschner, Dan Blackburn and others, as well as fan contests and giveaways. Tickets to the 3D screening are $20 and available at newyorkrangers.com via Ticketmaster. MSG HD subscribers with 3D compatible televisions will be able to watch the telecast on a separate channel offered by Cablevision, and MSG is in discussions with other providers. For more information please visit msg.com/3D.

MSG is planning a renovation that will be a comprehensive top-to-bottom transformation of the arena that will enhance the experience for customers, athletes, entertainers, fans, and marketing partners. The state-of-the-art facility will also include the most up-to-date technology throughout the arena for fans attending events.

Longtime Rangers voice Kenny Albert will call the play-by-play, former Ranger Dave Maloney will serve as analyst, and Al Trautwig will serve as television host for the evening.