Sky to launch Europe's 'first' 3D channel in Oct
on Jul 29, 2010

UK-based Sky will launch a 3D TV channel on October 1 this year, the satellite broadcaster has announced.

The service – Europe’s first 3D channel, according to Sky – will kick off with a line-up of movies and live sport.

It will be available to any home that has an HD set-top box and a 3D-capable TV.

The launch weekend highlights will include this year’s Ryder Cup, with three days of live coverage from Celtic Manor. It will also feature two of the biggest grossing 3D films to date: Bolt and Monster vs. Aliens.

The Sky 3D channel line-up will then continue to expand in the run-up to Christmas.

Movies shown will include Alice in Wonderland; Ice Age - Dawn of the Dinosaurs; Coraline; Fly Me To The Moon; and Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince. Sky has agreed with Disney, Fox, Universal, Warner Brothers, Paramount and DreamWorks to show their films in 3D.

Sky will also offer a range of live sport, including Premier League football.

“As with high definition, 3D is set to transform the way TV is enjoyed in homes nationwide,” said Jeremy Darroch, Sky’s chief executive.

Sky has been transmitting 3D content to selected pubs and clubs since April 2010.

It now seems only a matter of time before OSN launches a 3D movie channel and Abu Dhabi Sports sets up a dedicated 3D channel for Premier League games.