World Darts Championship to get 3D treatment

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Reigning champ Phil Taylor: athletic brilliance.
Reigning champ Phil Taylor: athletic brilliance.

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Athleticism to to be taken to the next level, as the semi-finals and final of the 2011 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship will be broadcast for the first time live in 3D, on the new Sky 3D channel.

Sky Sports' HD broadcast of darts moved to a new level in the summer, with the semi-finals and final of the World Matchplay screened live in 3D on the Sky 3D pub channel in over 1,000 venues across the UK and Ireland.

But while Sky Sports’ regular HD broadcast uses around 22 cameras, a further ten 3D cameras are required for the 3D coverage, including two the size of ice cubes placed above the board to give the view a totally unique 3D experience of the dart coming towards them.

"At the World Matchplay I was ducking and diving when those darts were coming at me in 3D," Sky Sports commentator Sid Waddell told Sportsnews Ireland.

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