New York -- ESPN Executive VP Sean Bratches offered
some perspective on 3DTV's prospects by recounting how his network's HD
channel launched seven years ago.
Speaking May 25 at 3DTV 2010, a conference
co-sponsored by Multichannel News, Broadcasting
TWICE and other NewBay Media
publications, Bratches, ESPN's top distribution executive, noted that
ESPN HD launched in March 2003 on some of the smallest cable
distributors, the likes of Comporium, Service Electric Cable TV and
ESPN 3D will launch on the top cable operator
the top satellite-TV provider (DirecTV) on June 11 with access to more
million homes, much more than the ESPN HD launch, though the 2003
start with some larger operators such as Cox.
"We're very encouraged with the slate of affiliates
going into the marketplace with ESPN 3D" Bratches told Multichannel
News editor in chief Mark Robichaux in a Q&A
opening the event.