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DirecTV announces details of its 3D channels

n3D to offer 3D programming viewable on 3D TV sets

NEW YORK -- Satellite TV giant DirecTV said Thursday it is launching the nation's first suite of 3D channels.

Among them is n3D, a linear channel powered by Panasonic that is dedicated exclusively to 3D programming and viewable on 3D TV sets, such as select Panasonic models.

In addition, DirecTV is launching DirecTV Cinema in 3D, which is currently offering Imax titles "Deep Sea 3D" and "Under the Sea 3D."

DirecTV previously launched ESPN 3D on June 11 in conjunction with the network's beginning of coverage of the soccer World Cup.

At the Consumer Electronics Show in January, DirecTV and Panasonic announced their plans to launch 3D TV channels and leverage relationships with programmers to obtain new and existing 3D content.