Sky 3D channel launched, but parade is rained on

Darren Allan
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Today Sky officially switched on its new 3D channel, which offers a range of programmes in three dimensions, although mostly sports and movies to begin with.

To watch the new channel, you need to be a Sky World subscriber, although the good news is it’s free of charge otherwise. Of course, you’ll also need a 3DTV set and the requisite glasses (both passive and active work fine with the service).

The first event to be covered was the Ryder Cup which began today, but the tournament was rained off, which was rather an anti-climax. Well, even more of an anti-climax than golf normally is, we should say… (just kidding, nine iron fans).

A Which report also raised the issue that rain drops on the two lenses needed to film 3D content looked worse than on a normal camera lens. It makes you wonder what other problems will rear their heads that we haven’t anticipated with 3D viewing.

Still, you can’t go wrong with the movies, and the three dimensional films which will be out on Sky 3D on the run up to Christmas include Alice in Wonderland, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Coraline, Fly Me To The Moon, Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince and My Bloody Valentine.

Virgin Media launched its own on-demand 3D film service earlier this week, although Sky is unlikely to be too concerned about this, given that it only offers the one movie at the moment: Street Dance 3D, a showcase of British street dancing talent. Don’t all rush at once now.

Comments in chronological order (6 comments)

  1. Richard Watters says:

    Its not free unless you are a SKY world subscriber not just a SKY +HD Subscriber.

  2. Root Ginger says:

    It doesn’t just have to be a Sky+ HD subscriber you must be a Sky World Subscriber with HD. Sky World means you have a subscription for everything and that costs £61 a month. There is currently no other way of getting 3D.

  3. Brian Turner says:

    I’ve edited the piece to reflect that a Sky World package is required, not just Sky HD.

  4. Darren Allan says:

    My bad, apologies for the error.

  5. Burner says:

    Ok, I take it Sky have actually priced it for the middle class. £61 per month or a few 3D channels is a rip off.

  6. Simon says:

    Sky World doesn’t cost £61 per month either. It’s £48.50.

    Sky HD is then £10 more per month.

    Being pedantic I know, but if you’re gonna knock a company, probably should look at facts…

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