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    3D or HD?

    This is a discussion on 3D or HD? within the Sky 3D forums, part of the Sky+ HD Supertelly category; Hi, I'm thinking of getting a Samsung 50" 3D Plasma TV. The question is, can I watch the footy in ...

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      3D or HD?

      Hi,

      I'm thinking of getting a Samsung 50" 3D Plasma TV.

      The question is, can I watch the footy in HD instead of 3D?
      Is the 3D footy on the Sky Sport HD channels?

      Cheers

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      Re: 3D or HD?

      Sky's footy is always on SD and HD. It may also be on 3D.

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      Re: 3D or HD?

      No.

      Sky Sports HD1, HD2, HD3 & HD4 only show 2D footage.

      If you want to watch any selected football games in 3D, then you will need to subscribe to Sky World (essential all the Sky channels) first, then you can add Sky 3D for free. The Sky 3D channel is HD quality though.

      To see the scheduling for Sky, browse their website and look at the TV Listings there. This will give you some idea about what they are showing over the next 7 days.

      Sky 3D is currently channel 217
      Sky Sports start at 401

      Things can change. At present Sky 3D is the only channel being broadcast in the UK offering 3D content. Virgin offer 3D content on a VOD basis.

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      Re: 3D or HD?

      You must of course subscribe to the sports packages to watch the sports channels, just because you can view the 3D content does not allow you to watch he HD version without the correct sub.

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      Re: 3D or HD?

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      The Sky 3D channel is HD quality though.

      Is it? Surely it's less than HD quality, as there isn't the bandwidth for an HD frame for each eye.

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      Re: 3D or HD?

      Quote Originally Posted by Tezcatlipoca View Post
      Is it? Surely it's less than HD quality, as there isn't the bandwidth for an HD frame for each eye.
      actually there is. The bandwidth available for HDMI is more than enough to broadcast 2 HD signals, thats how 3D works on the box.

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      Re: 3D or HD?

      Yes it is in HD although it is split to the two images so not 1080 each eye, more like 720 so not full GD.

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      Re: 3D or HD?

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      ... Sky 3D is currently channel 217
      Sky Sports start at 401
      This is the answer I was looking for (maybe my question wasn't vety clear? )

      Many thanks!

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      Re: 3D or HD?

      Quote Originally Posted by Smithy99 View Post
      Yes it is in HD although it is split to the two images so not 1080 each eye, more like 720 so not full GD.
      According to the Sky website, the picture quality IS available at 1080i.

      Stereoscopic Image Encoding (Image Multiplexing)

      Stereoscopic Alignment
      Post Production
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      Content Acquisition
      Record Format
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      Audio..This is the Broadcast Transmission Method of 3D Image Multiplexing.

      Transmission finalised programming may be encoded in this method for direct playout.

      •The Stereoscopic encode format is Side by Side compressed within a 1080i25 frame
      •BSkyB utilises Linear or Horozontal Line based encoding (Not Quincunx based)
      •As detailed in HDMI 1.4 Annex H – 3D Video Format Extensions (3D_structure = 1000, 3D_Ext_data = 0000)

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      Re: 3D or HD?

      Quote Originally Posted by indefatigable View Post
      actually there is. The bandwidth available for HDMI is more than enough to broadcast 2 HD signals, thats how 3D works on the box.
      I don't mean HDMI bandwidth, I mean broadcast bandwidth, plus what the box can handle.

      It's side-by-side 3D. One half for one eye, one half for the other eye... So surely the resolution can't be as high as normal Sky+HD.

      Quote Originally Posted by Smithy99 View Post
      Yes it is in HD although it is split to the two images so not 1080 each eye, more like 720 so not full GD.
      Yup. So it isn't as high a resolution as normal Sky+HD. There *has* to be a compromise in resolution, because it's split in two - one frame for each eye.

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      According to the Sky website, the picture quality IS available at 1080i.
      That doesn't say 1080i for each eye though, just that the whole thing is side-by-side within a 1080i25 frame.

     

     
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