Sky is to shut down its Sky 3D channel this summer, signalling the end of 3D TV in the UK.
Enthusiasts of 3D media will however still be able to watch selected Sky Movies and TV content in three dimensions, as the broadcaster intends to move the service to Sky On Demand.
The reason for the change are ostensibly due to bolstering Sky’s huge on demand catalogue, which saw 7 million customers download over 300 million titles in the last three months.
Luke Bradley-Jones, Sky’s brand director of TV products said “From June Sky 3D is going fully on demand. From the latest 3D movie premieres like Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men Days of Future Past and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, to the very best in natural history with documentaries like Natural History Museum Alive, it will all be ready and waiting for our customers to view whenever it suits them.
“The changes to 3D are all part of making our on demand offering a fantastic destination for customers.”
Previous updates to the Sky+HD menu have placed portals to on-demand content front and centre, making it easier to access catch-up content from things like BBC iPlayer and All 4 as well as Sky services like the on-demand box sets and Sky Store Buy & Keep.
Future premieres of films shot in 3D will still be available to Sky TV customers at no extra cost after June. The only thing you’ll need to do is connect your Sky+HD box to the Internet, which you can do with an Ethernet cable or by using one of Sky’s wireless adapters.
To get Sky 3D, you’ll need to subscribe to the Family Bundle (£36/month) to get selected TV shows in 3D. You’ll need Sky Movies, the Family Bundle and the HD Pack (£58.25/month) to get the latest films and premieres in 3D.