Sky successfully broadcast the UK's first live 3D TV event to a domestic 3D TV set last night.

The transmission, of a performance by the band Keane, used Sky's normal satellite network and existing Sky+HD set-top boxes.

Sky co-produced the event with specialist 3D production company Nineteen Fifteen Productions and Island Records.

The broadcast used a high definition satellite transponder and displaying the event on a 46 inch high definition 3D TV screen.

The content was delivered using Sky's digital satellite broadcast platform and existing Sky+HD infrastructure (including cameras, transmission facilities and satellite uplink / downlink).

Playback, via a Hyundai ‘3D Ready' TV, was direct from a standard Sky+HD set-top box.

The event was also broadcast online in 3D to Keane's website using the traditional anaglyph (red/green) glasses.

Sky previously demonstrated its 3D technology in December 2008 using recorded material such as England vs. New Zealand rugby union Test match, Liverpool FC vs Marseille UEFA Champions League, Sky1's Gladiators and Ricky Hatton vs. Juan Lazcano boxing.

The satellite broadcaster is continuing to work with TV manufacturers, broadcasters, studios and other content owners to establish the potential for commercial 3D TV services.

Sky director of strategic product development Gerry O'Sullivan said: “Being able to broadcast a live event in 3D is a real breakthrough. It shows the significant progress we're making with our research and development activity. The Keane event ...confirmed that arts programming is another genre which has the potential to benefit from 3D.”