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Watch Sky in 3D

To watch Sky TV in 3D you need:

  • A Sky+HD box
  • Sky HD or the Family Bundle
  • A 3D-ready TV
  • 3D glasses

The programmes you will be able to watch on the Sky 3D channel depend on your TV bundle. For example, if your TV bundle does not include Sky Sports 1 and 2 in HD, you will not be able to view Sports programmes screened on the Sky 3D channel.

Watch in 3D

To activate Sky 3D, sign in to the Sky 3D activation page and select Activate Sky 3D. The HDMI cable that comes with your Sky+HD box will work with Sky 3D, you don't need a special cable.

To get the best viewing experience:

  • Manually switch your TV into 3D mode. Your Sky+HD box won't perform this change automatically.
  • If you use "active" 3D glasses, remove any obstructions between you and your TV's 3D sync transmitter (this may be a separate unit or built into your TV).
  • Make sure no other infrared devices are close to your TV's 3D sync transmitter.
  • Your TV's 3D sync transmitter may not work in direct sunlight or if exposed to fluorescent lighting (50/60Hz).
  • Use your 3D glasses between 1 and 6 metres from your TV, and don't sit at an angle. The optimum viewing distance is equivalent to three times the height of your TV. For a 46" TV, the optimum viewing distance is about six feet.
  • Sitting head-on to the TV will give you the best 3D display. Avoid placing your 3D TV high up on a wall, unless you can tilt the TV down to face you.

3D test card

The Sky 3D test card is regularly broadcast on the Sky 3D channel. Use it to check your 3D TV's picture and sound.

Configuring your 3D TV

Please follow the instructions for the make of TV you own:

  • Sony Bravia

    1. Make sure you've purchased and connected a Sony Wireless 3D Sync Transmitter to your Sony Bravia 3D TV. On some models, the transmitter will be built into the TV.
    2. Make sure your Sky+HD box is connected to your TV via an HDMI cable, and switch everything on.
    3. Using the Sony Bravia remote, press the source button (top-left) repeatedly until you reach the HDMI input that displays Sky TV (usually "HDMI 1").
    4. Using the Sky remote, press the sky button.
    5. Type in 170 to go to the Sky 3D channel. You should now see two images. This is called "side-by-side" mode.
    6. Switch on your 3D glasses and put them on.
    7. Using the Sony Bravia remote, press the 3D button.
    8. You should now be able to see Sky 3D.
  • LG

    1. Make sure your Sky+HD box is connected to your TV via an HDMI cable, and switch everything on.
    2. Using the LG remote, press the source button (top-left) repeatedly until you reach the HDMI input that displays Sky TV (usually "HDMI 1").
    3. Using the Sky remote, press the sky button.
    4. Type in 170 to go to the Sky 3D channel. You should now see two images. This is called "side-by-side" mode.
    5. Using the LG remote, press the 3D button.
    6. Using the LG remote, press the direction buttons to select Side by Side.
    7. Using the LG remote, press the OK button twice.
    8. Put on your 3D glasses. If you have "active" 3D glasses, make sure you've inserted batteries and switched on the glasses.
    9. You should now be able to see Sky 3D.
  • Panasonic

    1. Make sure your Sky+HD box is connected to your TV via an HDMI cable, and switch everything on.
    2. Using the Panasonic remote, press the AV button (top-right) repeatedly until you reach the HDMI input that displays Sky TV (usually "HDMI 1").
    3. Using the Sky remote, press the sky button.
    4. Type in 170 to go to the Sky 3D channel. You should now see two images. This is called "side-by-side" mode.
    5. Using the Panasonic remote, press the Viera Tools button.
    6. Using the Panasonic remote, press the direction buttons to select Side by Side.
    7. Using the Panasonic remote, press the OK button.
    8. Switch on your 3D glasses and put them on.
  • Samsung

    1. Make sure your Sky+HD box is connected to your TV via an HDMI cable, and switch everything on.
    2. Using the Samsung remote, press the source button (top-middle) repeatedly until you reach the HDMI input that displays Sky TV (usually "HDMI 1").
    3. Using the Sky remote, press the sky button.
    4. Type in 170 to go to the Sky 3D channel. You should now see two images. This is called "side-by-side" mode.
    5. Using the Samsung remote, press the 3D button.
    6. Using the Samsung remote, press the direction buttons to select Side by Side.
    7. Using the Samsung remote, press the return button.
    8. Put on your 3D glasses. If you have "active" 3D glasses, make sure you've inserted batteries and switched on the glasses.
    9. You should now be able to see Sky 3D.

Remember:

  • When you change to a non-3D channel, turn off your TV's 3D mode and take off your 3D glasses.