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Sky 3D Channel : 4 Things To Know

The newly introduced Sky 3D channel is currently the hottest thing on the entertainment market in the UK and we've compiled a list of things you need to know first before considering getting the service.

(a) You can get Sky 3D without Sky+HD

Well, kind of. Samsung, amongst others, has integrated a 2D-to-3D conversion feature in its 3D television which will allow 2D content to be morphed into 3D. Does it work? Well, most reviews says that results are actually pretty good although it is a hit-and-miss experience. You will still need to have a Sky+HD set top box though to get the most of it.

(b) You will need a new TV

Unfortunately yes and they do not come cheap. Technically speaking, you should be able to get a 24-inch 3D monitor complete with 3D glasses for around £350 but they're not compatible with the Sky+HD box. The cheapest 3D Television we've tracked is the Samsung LE40C750 available from PRC direct for around £780 with two pairs of active 3D glasses.

(c) Not Much Content Is Available

Sky lists only 14 programmes available for the month of October with more to come; these include the Ryder cup, Everton v Liverpool, Coraline, Monsters Vs Aliens or the Universe. The line-up is way better than that of Virgin Media - with only ONE movie but is still way too poor to justify the price. There's a hope that more content will come to market in the near future as a number of movies like "Clash of the Titans" have been converted to 3D during post production.

(d) Is Sky 3D free for Sky+HD customers?

No, you will need to have a Sky World HD package in order to be able to view Sky 3D. You do get 46 HD channels but you will end up paying a whopping £61 per month for the offer since Sky World HD includes all six Entertainment, the two Movies and two Sports packs. More details here.