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BSkyB sets up 3DTV test card

December 5, 2011

By Chris Forrester

BSkyB has created a 3DTV ‘test card’ to help its subscribers correctly set up their 3D equipment. Featuring ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ host Zoe Ball, the new Three-Dimensional test card comes with a series of high-quality video on-screen instructions, in 3D, showing viewers how to get the most from their kit.

Sky’s chief engineer Chris Johns says it is time the old standard ‘Test Card 2F’, used by the BBC since 1967, was updated. “This guide brings the test card into the 21st Century, using the latest 3D technology to make something which seems technically complicated, clear and simple – allowing you to get the best pictures from your HD 3D screen. Watching Zoe steer you through the tutorial, whether in the 2D or 3D version, gives the ultimate user-friendly guide to getting the best viewing experience from your 3DTV.”

Sky’s new 3D test card will come on air in the early morning hours at 24.45 and repeat daily on Sky 3D, channel 528. Sky 3D viewers can record the test card using Sky+ to watch back whenever suits them. The test card will also be available via Sky Anytime and seen online (in 2D) at




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