On Friday, Sky 3D will become available at no extra cost to all Sky+ HD customers taking the satellite broadcaster's top tier TV pack (including all six entertainment packs, the Sky Sports pack, Sky Movies Pack and the HD pack).
The 3D channel is compatible with all 3D TVs being offered by LG, Sony, Samsung, and Panasonic, and it works with both 'active and 'passive' 3D formats.
Sky views 3D as 'event TV', meaning the biggest movies and entertainment programmes will be aired on the channel, along with around three live sports events every week.
For the launch weekend, Sky 3D will offer comprehensive coverage of the Ryder Cup from Celtic Manor as the European team take on the USA.
The channel will also air 3D movie Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs and Dance, Dance, Dance, a collaboration between Sky Arts and the English National Ballet featuring dance performances ranging from Bollywood to ballet.
Moving forward, Sky 3D will broadcast live Premier League games, including the Manchester, Merseyside and north London derbies in October and November.
On October 12, the channel will carry the first live 3D event from Scotland for the national team's home Euro 2012 qualifier against World Champions Spain.
In November, Sky 3D will air the Rugby Union autumn internationals as England take on New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, as well as the world heavyweight title fight between David Haye and Audley Harrison.
3D movies Monsters vs Aliens, Coraline, Alice In Wonderland, Bolt, Fly Me To The Moon, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and My Bloody Valentine will air on the channel in the run up to Christmas. StreetDance UK, Garfield's Pet Force, Step Up 3 and A Christmas Carol will be offered via pay-per-view.
In January 2011, Sky 3D will exclusively broadcast all three of Pixar's Toy Story films in 3D, including Toy Story 3 3D being made available pay-per view.
The channel's entertainment slate includes the National Geographic Channel co-production 3D Meerkats, as well as The Prince's Trust Rock Gala and prehistoric world documentary Flying Monsters 3D, written and presented by Sir David Attenborough.
It will also air the Judi Dench-narrated Bugs!, along with The History Channel's 7 Wonders of the Solar System and Treasure Houses Of Britain.
John Cassy, Sky 3D's new channel director, said: "Sky 3D will totally change the way entertainment is viewed in homes across the country.
"We see 3D as 'event TV', an opportunity for people to share an incredible visual experience in their home, watching some of the biggest and best television available including; live sport, movies, entertainment and arts programmes.
"When people gathered round their new television sets to watch the Queen's coronation broadcast in colour, little did they know that in years to come images would eventually be leaping from their television screen with the introduction of 3D. The launch of the channel is the just the beginning, 3D has arrived and will change TV forever."
The residential launch of Sky 3D follows the channel's successful introduction to more than 1,500 UK pubs and clubs in April.