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3D digital TV guides may be in the pipeline for Sky and Virgin Media

Monday, January 24th 2011 by Cable.co.uk

Virgin Media and Sky are apparently looking at how best to introduce 3D channel guides.

Virgin Media is looking at ways in which it can introduce a 3D electronic programme guide (EPG) to its digital TV offering, while Sky is expected to do the same.

Kevin O'Neill, head of on-demand development at Virgin Media, said at the DTG 3D conference that his company's recent TiVo release has paved the way for more opportunities for a better user interface and 3D capabilities, Broadband TV News reports.

He added: "We're now working very closely with [TiVo] and that is the platform we will initially work to create a full 3D EPG with Z-Plane."

Mr O'Neill also used the event to explain Virgin TV's plans to add HDMI 1.4 ports to its cable boxes, which will facilitate the move to 3D home entertainment systems and associated peripherals.

His comments came after Sky announced its plans to create a new HD EPG prior to the introduction of the Sky Atlantic TV channel.

The new station is to be launched on February 1st 2011 and will take up position 108 on the channel list. 

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