What the Hell is This About the New York Rangers in 3-D?

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What the Hell is This About the New York Rangers in 3-D?
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It was announced this week that next week’s Rangers-Islanders game on March 24 will be broadcast in 3-D.

My first thought was that they would just be showing us an episode from Home Improvement circa 1994 and hope that the Rangers are so bad that we wouldn’t mind. It turned out to be something else though.

Apparently there are new HD televisions that broadcast a special kind of 3-D technology different from what we saw on Home Improvement years ago.

Unfortunately, this means most of us will not get to see how badly, or I suppose how good, this turns out.

It doesn’t seem like this was even an idea that the NHL came up with, the glowing puck reigns supreme. This is an entirely new thing that TV execs think will catch on and that next week’s Rangers game is going to be the first test run during a live event.

I guess that is one benefit of rooting for a team whose owner also owns a shitty cable company.

Here’s more info from Emily Laerner of Crain’s New York Business :

This game will be the world’s first home-broadcasted, live 3D event, said Michael Bair, the president of MSG Media. In order to film this game for a 3D audience, MSG had to purchase special cameras, change their filming techniques and hire a new director.

The audience viewing the telecast in 3D is expected to be tiny, however, as 3D high-definition televisions have only been on sale for about a week.

The Consumer Electronics Association does predict that a million of the high-tech sets will be sold nationwide by the end of the year.

In order to expand the audience size, MSG will host a viewing event with 2,500 guests.

Although most of the attendees will be sponsors, season ticket holders and youth groups, about 600 of the tickets will be on sale for the public for $20.

“We wanted to do it before the end of the season because next year there will be plenty of opportunities to do 3D events,” Mr. Bair said.

If you want to see the game in 3-D and don’t have enough money to shell out for top of the line TVs then your best bet is to go to the Garden to watch it. If you pay $20, did you really think this would be free?, you can get a ticket for the Theater at Madison Square Garden for their viewing party.

It would probably be fun to watch the game alongside so many other skeptical Ranger fans who shelled out $20 to get a chance to see this newest gimmick. Personally though, I’d rather pay a bum on the street $20 to let me kick him in the nuts.

They also plan on televising this season's Home Run Derby that takes place during the MLB All-Star weekend. Maybe I’ll know somebody who dropped down the money for a new TV by then.

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