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Sky to broadcast world’s first 3D live sport event

Arsenal vs Manchester United at 4pm on Sunday 31st

Sky broadcasts live Premier League football

Sky will broadcast live Premier League football matches, every week to pubs from April

Sky will broadcast the world’s first live 3D sporting event on Sunday 31st January 2010, when Arsenal play Manchester United at Arsenal’s Emirates stadium.

The Premier League match will be filmed with special 3D video cameras and broadcast live to nine selected pubs located in London, Manchester, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Dublin.

Sky 3D channel

Sky will launch a dedicated 3D channel in April, which will show a 3D Premier League game each week for the remainder of the season.

3D TVs will be available to buy this spring, with many manufacturers having announced the details of their forthcoming products at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Once 3D TVs begin to reach the consumer market, Sky will make Sky 3D available to all Sky+HD customers.

3D TVs

To watch 3D TV at home, consumers will need to buy a 3D ready TV, however Sky says that existing Sky HD boxes will be able to receive the new Sky 3D channel. You’ll need 3D glasses to watch 3D TV. 

Sky says that the channel will initially be available at no extra cost to customers who already subscribe to Sky’s top HD package.

You can find out how Sky’s HD set top box fared in our lab tests in the Which? PVRs review.

3D Blu-ray players will also become available to buy later this year, providing early adopters with another means of watching 3D material.

Watch our Panasonic 3D TV video.

Pubs selected to show the world’s first live 3D sports event have not yet been announced. Which? reporters will have front row seats, however, to watch the game and find out how well it was received by supporters. 

You’ll be able to find out more in our report on Monday, and listen to the reactions in next week’s .

For in-depth, lab-based reviews of hundreds of flat screen TVs – including HD TVs – check the Which? review of LCD and plasma TVs.

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