TORONTO -- Great news, Leafs fans: Soon youíll be able to watch your team lose in three dimensions.
This season, the CBC will be broadcasting two Hockey Night in Canada games in 3-D for the first time ever, giving the small percentage of viewers who own 3-D-capable HDTVs a chance to dodge pucks that appear to be flying right out of the screen.
CBC says the Dec. 11 game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens will be offered in 3-D, as will the Feb. 20 Heritage Classic between the Habs and the Calgary Flames at McMahon Stadium in Calgary. A CBC spokesman said the network is in discussions with cable and satellite providers to determine exactly which channels will carry the the 3-D games. The games will also be shown in standard 2-D as well.
CBC is partnering with 3D Camera and TV-makers Panasonic for the broadcasts, but itís an innovation that will be seen by relatively few fans, with 3-D-capable HDTVs just a single-digit percentage of all HDTVs currently in homes. While prices on the high-tech sets have come down slightly, entry-level models start at roughly $1,800, with high-end 65-inch behemoths selling for $4,000 or more.
Most 3-D-capable HDTVs include one or two pairs of the high-tech glasses needed to watch 3-D programming, but additional pairs of the glasses cost between $150 and $250 each. So think twice about inviting the whole gang over to watch the game.