Sky 3D confirmed for April launch
With all the Apple iPad hype of last night, we’d almost forgotten about our other big trend for 2010 – 3D. Luckily Sky has piped up to remind us, with the big news it will be launching its 3D service in April.
But there’s good news for those who don’t want to wait. We’ll be able to get a preview of the service this Sunday, when the Arsenal vs. Manchester United football game will be filmed and broadcast in 3D to a select number of pubs in the UK and Ireland.
The event will mark the first time any TV company in the world has broadcast a live 3D TV sports event to a public audience.
Nine pubs in London, Manchester, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Dublin will be kitted out with the UK’s first 3D-ready TVs, and punters will be dished out glasses on the door to allow them to see their teams in an extra dimension.
Sky has even promised football fans that once the service has launched, there will be the opportunity to watch at least one live Premier League match in 3D every week.
If you’re not a sports fan though, worry not. Sky has promised a wide range of 3D content from movies to documentaries, and that the service will be compatible with all 3D TVs so it won’t matter which brand you go for when they hit the shelves.
Sky 3D will be made available to all Sky+HD customers at launch, and will work with all existing Sky HD boxes so you’ll just need to upgrade your TV.
The best news is that it will be initially introduced as a freebie for those on Sky’s top package and those on the HD pack. Hurrah!
Let us know if you’ll be getting behind Sky 3D in April below.