3D has been around for a while. In the 1950’s the United States produced many 3D movies. The Soviet Union also produced it’s first 3D movie in 1946, Robinzon Kruzo being their first 3D movie.
The first-ever 3D broadcast in the UK was an episode of the weekly science magazine The Real World, made by Television South and screened only in the south-east region of the UK in February 1982. The programme included excerpts of test footage shot by Phillips in the Netherlands. Red/green 3D glasses were given away free with copies of the TV Times listings magazine, but the 3D sections of the programme were shown in monochrome. The experiment was repeated nationally in December 1982, with red/blue glasses allowing colour 3D to be shown for the first time. The programme was repeated the following weekend followed by a rare screening of the Western Fort Ti starring George Montgomery and Joan Vohs.
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Channel 4 in the UK ran a short season of 3D programming in November 2009 including Derren Brown and The Queen in 3D.
On 31 January 2010, BSKYB became the first broadcaster in the world to show a live sports event in 3D when Sky Sports screened a football match between Manchester United and Arsenal to a public audience in several selected pubs.
The 2010 52nd Grammy Awards featured a Michael Jackson Tribute Sequence in 3D, using anaglyph format.
In April 2010, the Masters Tournament was broadcast in live 3D on DirecTV, Comcast, and Cox.
3D Full High Definition TV is a totally new dimension in entertainment. Forget about the old days of cardboard glasses and blurry images: Full HD 3D offers an incredibly life-like, completely immersive experience.
3D is not all about watching football. There's going to be plenty of 3D games coming out over the next couple of years. The likes of Avatar - itself a great 3D movie - are setting the standard for a whole new way of immersing yourself in virtual action.
If you own a PlayStation 3, then you'll be pleased to know it will be 3D compatible. A free software update to be delivered soon will allow it to spin 3D Blu-ray movies and games without the need to upgrade your hardware.
There's also good news for Sky+ HD customers as although there's very little content right now, by the autumn Sky plan to have proper 3D shows and movies to tune into.