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Testing to begin on terrestrial 3D TV

Small scale trial transmissions to pave the way

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UK transmission company Arqiva is developing a 3D test to see whether 3D TV can be transmitted on terrestrial TV.

The test, which will be trialled with a small number of viewers, aims to help solve current technical issues and pave the way for future terrestrial 3D TV transmissions. 

The technical methodology that Arqiva is employing, however, suggests that it’s very unlikely that 3D TV sets available to buy now will work with 3D Freeview without the need to add an extra set-top box.

Before you purchase a new television, be sure to check our expert TV reviews on the latest models.

HD TV terrestrial transmissions took some time to arrive and a similar wait is expected for 3D TV – if it happens at all. But the news does provide some hope. The BBC says it is hoping to transmit the opening and closing ceremonies and selected events from the 2012 Olympics in 3D.

How do I view 3D content?

Currently, you can watch 3D content if you have a 3D-enabled Blu-ray player and a 3D TV. In the autumn, Sky will be broadcasting 3D programmes to Sky HD subscribers who have a 3D TV. A recent Sky HD box should be compatible with this.

Which? will be putting all 3D TVs that come on the market through tough lab tests to see if they justify the hype. Test results of the first 3D TVs from Sony plus rivals LG, Panasonic and Samsung will be available to read on Which? online soon, so keep checking back for the latest news.  

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