Sky is kicking off the UK’s first 3D channel with a live Premier League football match to be broadcast from nine pubs around the UK this weekend.
Soccer fans will be able to watch Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Manchester United in 3D at nine specially selected � and secret pubs in � London, Manchester, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Dublin.
Sky will produce both a high definition and a 3D edit of Sunday�s broadcast from Arsenal�s Emirates Stadium. Eight specially engineered 3D camera rigs will house sixteen of Sky�s high definition cameras, to provide multi-angle stereoscopic coverage. A purpose-built 3D outside broadcast truck will enable live mixing between shots, slow motion replays and the inclusion of 3D graphics. A dedicated commentary team will also support the 3D transmission.
From April, Sky will screen at least one 3D Premier League match in hundreds of pubs across the country in an attempt to drum up public enthusiasm before launching a dedicated 3D channel beamed into homes in the autumn.
The 3D channel will initially be available to Sky’s 1.6m HD customers at no additional cost to the �57 per month they currently pay. The Sky HD box will be compatiable with Skys 3D TV Service, and all users will need is a 3D TV.
Viewers need to wear a special pair of glasses to watch the content
Earlier this month mobile operator O2 said that it intended to screen two of England’s rugby matches in this year’s Six Nations tournament in 3D in 40 Odeon and Cineworld cinemas.
And the 2010 World Cup will also be filmed in the 3D format, but no details ahve been made available about whcih broadcsaters will transmit the World Cup in 3D, apart from ESPN in America.
In 2008 the BBC broadcast one of the world’s first live matches in 3D when it beamed back the Six Nations match between Scotland and England to a cinema in London.
The Sky 3d TV channel frequency is:
Symbol Rate 29500
This Sky 3D channel frequency is on the Astra 2A satellites North beam frequencies, which can be difficult to receive at certian times of the day in Spain.
It is only available on Sky HD receivers.
It may not be available for general public subscriptions yet.