Discovery Channel is planning to screen its first 3D content in the UK after signing deals with BSkyB and Virgin Media.
The two platforms have agreed to run commissions including 3D Safari, a ten-part series produced by Renegade Pictures, and filmed at Woburn Safari Park. A second series, Beautiful Freaks, will be filmed in Namibia by Tigress Productions.
Susanna Dinnage, general manager of Discovery UK and Ireland, said: “These are substantial and ambitious deals that will enrich the 3D experience of anyone who has Sky and Virgin Media’s 3D services.”
Discovery programmes from 3NET, its US joint venture with Sony and IMAX, will also be shown on the channel.
Last August Discovery Channel received a Digital Television Programme Service (DTPS) from Ofcom to run a dedicated 3D channel in the UK, but no subsequent announcements have been made.
Earlier this month a 3D preview channel was launched by Discovery on UPC in the Netherlands.