Sky TV in the UK launched Europe’s first 3D channel on October 1, broadcast from the Astra 28.2°E satellites. Opening with live coverage of golf’s Ryder Cup, Sky 3D broadcasts 14 hours a day with an event-driven schedule of the biggest box office 3D films, concerts (such as The Prince’s Trust Rock Gala), landmark documentaries (including Sir David Attenborough’s Flying Monsters 3D), and live sports three times a week (including English Premier League football and international rugby and boxing).
The 3D channel will also include programme contributions from sister broadcasters, National Geographic Channel and History Channel. Sky 3D is available at no extra cost to viewers with a top-tier BSkyB subscription, Sky+ HD receiver, and 3D-ready television.
Close behind BSkyB, sister network Sky Deutschland also started 3D services on October 3. Sky Deutschland’s HD-3D service is offering a mixture of sport, films, documentaries and entertainment programming, and launched with golf from the Ryder Cup.