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Satellite broadcaster Sky has said that UK viewers could be treated to 3D broadcasts inside 24 months.

The firm’s Director of Strategic Product Development, Gerry O'Sullivan, told The Times newspaper that a 3D service “could be launched any time in the next two years”.

“Could” is the key word here, as O'Sullivan stressed that any launch by Sky will depend on the results of ongoing trials.

But it’s worth noting that the broadcaster’s R&D team last month claimed to have successfully demonstrated 3D TV at its London HQ, using just a “3D Ready” TV, 3D content sourced from a hard drive and a standard Sky+ HD set-top box.

O'Sullivan warned that Sky's commercial launch of a 3D service would also depend on the availability of suitable content. He suggested that only live sporting events would initially be available in 3D.

When 3D does come, all you’ll need to take advantage of it is a 3D-ready set – Panasonic’s promised to start selling 1080p 3D sets sets by 2010 - and, Sky said, a pair of those red and green specs.

Potential prices for Sky’s 3D service haven’t been given, but pay-per-view 3D could be an option. ®

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