Ziggo is to carry the new Net 5 3D channel starting in September, according to an announcement by the cableco and the SBS-owned broadcaster. The launch of the Dutch 3D channel had been announced earlier by Eric van Stade, who is in charge of TV activities for the SBS group in the Netherlands (As reported exclusively in Broadband TV News passim). The plan is to upgrade Net 5’s regular programming to 3D, while during the night native 3D programming will be scheduled. At the moment, Net 5’s programming is female skewed with a lot of US and locally produced series. These are not available in 3D.
Ziggo said it will use portions of the Net 5 3D channels for its planned 3D Demo channel (see our report here).
In a related development, Bill Wijdeveld, managing director, Astra Benelux, said the satellite operator would welcome Dutch 3D productions on the satellite operator’s recently launched 3D Demo channel on the Astra position at 23.5 degrees East.