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3D Formula 1 isn't racing to Germany

German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland isn't currently planning to screen Formula 1 races in 3D.

"There are currently no 3D Formula 1 transmissions planned at Sky Deutschland," spokesman Ralph Fürther told Rapid TV News. The German subscription broadcaster will therefore not follow its UK sister company BSkyB into 3D coverage at this stage.

BSkyB will show the Formula 1 live in 3D as a world premier this year. Coverage kicks off at the four-day test race taking place from 28 February to 3 March at the Circuit de Catalunya, a Spanish race track near Barcelona. Although officially labelled as a one-off event, industry observers believe that further races could follow if the debut is successful.

As Sky Deutschland has, in the past, often introduced offerings first seen at BSkyB, it is not unlikely that Formula 1 races could eventually be screened on the German Sky 3D channel. Only recently, Sky Deutschland renewed its Formula 1 rights contract for another three years until 2015.

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