Getting a new TV is an exciting moment for any house. On average, we get a new TV unit once every five years, which, when compared to the other gadgets in our home, is a very long time. In those five years, TVs have changed in some pretty major ways. We've seen the total move towards 1080p Full-HD screens at all price points, the arrival of curved TVs, Ultra-HD at the top end of the market, and of course, the arrival of 3D in most new TVs sold. 3D is a compelling product for the home, bringing the excitement of the cinema and the novelty of depth into your living room, but owning a 3D TV is just the first step.
In this guide, we'll discover how you can watch Sky in glorious 3D, what you'll need and how much it'll cost you. Last time, we found out how to speed up slow Sky download speeds, so lets investigate Sky in 3D.
What you'll need to get going is a Sky+HD Box (anything older will not work), a Sky HD or Family bundle, a 3D ready TV and the 3D glasses it should have come with it. You'll also need a compatible HDMI cable, but unless you've lost it, the one which came with your Sky+ HD box should work perfectly. '
At the moment, Sky's 3D content is hosted on a dedicated channel (170) called Sky 3D. It's on this channel that 3D programmes, films and sporting events are hosted. In the June (2015), however, Sky are shutting their dedicated 3D channel and moving all their 3D content to On Demand. That means that you'll be able to pick and choose what 3D content you want to see, but it does mean that Sky are putting less of an emphasis on the service to a degree.
Here's how to get the best 3D experience:
1) Manually switch your TV into 3D mode (Sky won't do this automatically) using your TV remote
2) If you use "active" 3D glasses rather than the passive ones you see in the cinema, remove any obstructions between you and your TV's 3D sync transmitter. This unit may be separate or it may be built into your TV, but either way there needs to be a clear line of sight between the two. Make sure there are no other infrared devices close to your 3D sync transmitter either.
3) Put on your 3D glasses and sit between one and six meters away from the screen, trying not to sit at an acute angle. Try to sit so that the TV is pointing at you.
4) Turn on your glasses and navigate to channel 170 (Sky 3D), you should now see a 3D image.
From there, it's just about enjoying the 3D TV experience and getting the most entertainment out of your money, so enjoy the wonderful world of 3D.
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