Sky is to screen a new show called Sky Arts Theatre Live! featuring six plays shown live in high definition (HD).
The satellite TV provider will screen the productions from a theatre studio with a live audience, starting on 8 July.
The television audience will receive live coverage on Sky Arts 1 and HD1.
To watch programmes in high definition, you’ll need an HD service and an HD-ready TV.
Our review on LCD and Plamsa TVs has the latest HDTV models. Our review on Freesat has information on free HD content.
Sky says it aims to involve both TV and theatre audiences as much as possible in the Sky Arts Theatre Live! shows.
Spectators in the theatre studio and the live television audience will be encouraged to give feedback and respond to each production.
TV viewers will get to see backstage footage of the making of each performance. Both theatre and TV audiences will be able to take part in a live post-show discussion with the actors, writer and director.
Sky Arts Theatre Live! host Sandi Toksvig said: ‘Now Sky Arts brings back genuine “reality” television – drama as it happens, whatever happens’.
To watch Sky Arts in high definition, you’ll need to subscribe to Sky’s Style and Culture pack and the HD pack at a total monthly cost of £25.25. The Sky+HD set top box costs £49.
Sky offers the most comprehensive HD service in the UK with up to 30 channels showing programmes in high definition. An additional monthly fee of £9.75 applies for the HD service, on top of a standard subscription.
For more information on HD services, see our guide to high definition TV explained. Our guide on digital TV options has more information on Sky, Virgin Media, BT Vision and all the major digital TV providers.
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