Sky 3D TV
Sky has broadcast its first 3D TV event using its satellite network and a Sky+ HD set-top box

Sky last night successfully broadcast the UK's first live event in 3D TV to a domestic 3D TV set, via its satellite network and using 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 at Abbey Road Studios in London.

Sky broadcast a simulcast of Keane's live gig and transmitted it over a high-definition satellite transponder, then displayed the broadcast on a 46in Hyundai, 3D-Ready high-definition TV.

A separate 3D webcast over the internet allowed fans using traditional anaglyph red and green glasses to watch the gig in 3D on Keane's website.

UK's first live 3D TV broadcastA test broadcast was also sent via a satellite downlink to a Vue cinema fitted out with 3D equipment.

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Using polarisation technology, Sky says this is the first time a live event has been broadcast to a domestic 3D TV in the UK.

Gerry O'Sullivan, Sky's director of strategic product development, says: "Being able to broadcast a live event in 3D is a real breakthrough, as previous demonstrations have relied on recorded material."

The 3D content was delivered using Sky's existing Sky+ HD infrastructure, including cameras, transmission facilities and satellite uplink/downlink. Playback was from a standard Sky+ HD set-top box.

Last December Sky broadcast recorded demonstrations in 3D of Sky 1's Gladiators, an England vs New Zealand rugby match and a Liverpool vs Marseilles Champions League match.