A whole new dimension


The introduction of 3DTV is the next leap forward for television, bringing unparalleled realism and involvement to your viewing.

3D entertainment is now all the rage. 3D films are a hit in cinemas, 3D Blu-ray players are appearing in shops, and 3D games consoles are coming onto the market. 3D is now available via broadcast television too, to let your entertainment burst from the confines of a flat TV screen.

3DTV in the home

TV shown in 3D has an illusion of depth. It's an immersive experience that places you in the front row of the theatre, grandstand, hall, or arena to experience events almost live. Advances in technology have now made 3DTV in your home possible, practical and affordable. Satellite is the best means to deliver 3DTV broadcasts to your home.

The first 3DTV channels in Europe are now broadcasting from our ASTRA satellites and more are on the way. Although 3DTV signals can be received on your existing ASTRA dish, to watch 3DTV programmes you will need a new 3D Ready TV set (which can also be used to watch HDTV) and a receiver compatible with the 3DTV broadcast.

How does it work?

3D images are recorded as two different images at once from two cameras, spaced apart like your own eyes. The left and right images are displayed on the same TV screen one after the other in very quick succession (too fast to detect the changeover) and viewers wear special 3D glasses to separate the two images and direct the correct one to each eye.

Two systems for displaying and separating the left and right images are currently available. One system uses a special TV screen to polarise the left and right images differently, and simple "passive" polarising glasses to separate the images for each eye.

An alternative system for home TVs displays both the left and right images in the same way but uses special battery-operated "active" 3D glasses, which open and close electronic shutters in each lens in synchronisation with the TV display, to allow each eye to see only the image intended for it.

With both techniques, each of your eyes sees only the image captured by one camera, but together these make up a stereoscopic 3D image, as though actually observing the recorded scene.

More information

This is the next, exciting step in the development of television entertainment, and our ASTRA satellites are the best place to find 3DTV.

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