Advanced Television

Sky broadcasts UK's first live 3D TV

April 6, 2009

Sky has successfully broadcast the UK's first live event in 3D TV to a domestic 3D TV set, via its satellite network and existing Sky+HD set-top boxes. The broadcast was part of a 3D music event co-produced by Sky, specialist 3D production company Nineteen Fifteen Productions and Island Records to coincide with Keane's live performance that saw a 3D webcast of the gig via the band's website.

Sky broadcast a simulcast of Keane's live gig and transmitted it over a high definition satellite transponder and displayed the event on a 46 inch high definition 3D TV screen. The VIP audience were able to view the full live Sky transmission in the Abbey Road studio in London next door to the live gig. A separate 3D webcast over the Internet using the traditional anaglyph (red/green) glasses was made available to Keane fans internationally. A live test was also broadcast via a satellite downlink to a Vue cinema kitted out with 3D equipment.

Using polarisation technology, this is the first time a live event has been broadcast to a domestic 3D TV screen in the UK. The content was delivered using Sky's digital satellite broadcast platform and existing Sky+HD infrastructure (including cameras, transmission facilities and satellite uplink / downlink). Playback, via a Hyundai3D Ready TV, was direct from a standard Sky+HD set-top box.


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