Sky goes 3D with Man Utd game

Sky will open the first European 3D channel on April 3, starting with a Premiership football game between Man Utd and Chelsea.

It also means that Sky has the privilege of being the first TV company to show a live 3D TV sports event to a public audience, as well as opening the way to a 3D World Cup.

Companies like Samsung, LG, Panasonic and Sony have all made a concerted push towards bringing out 3D TVs, but Rupert Murdoch’s backing and the popularity of football could have a big impact towards its acceptance.

Sky has already claimed that more than 1,000 pubs and clubs across the UK have signed up for the TV channel, and there will be other programming available. 

In the future you could well see pub goers wearing the expensive glasses throughout the country – expect theft or drunken breakages as these won’t be the same throwaway glasses that you get at the cinema.

TechEye previously visited Vienna to see Samsung’s 3D TVs first hand and were very impressed by the results, although we were worried about whether viewers could watch it for a long burst of time without their eyes and brains blowing up like in Scanners.

But a Premiership football game or movie lasts about 90 minutes, and the success of the even longer Avatar shows that people can sit or stand, be entertained, and have a great experience.