At thr IBC show in Amsterdam, BT demonstrated one of the world’s first live 8K sports broadcasts showcasing the Gallagher Premiership Rugby 7s tournament taking place today in Northampton.


Working with a range of partners, BT Sport and BT’s Media & Broadcast division delivered an hour-long, live broadcast in 8K on to the BT stand at IBC.


Partners who supported BT’s live 8K trial include  Appear TV (Appear X10 platform used for encoding, decoding, IP encapsulation and interfacing to the BT network for live link); Astro Design (8K Interface Conversion); Blackmagic Design (ATEM Constellation 8K for vision mixing/HyperDeck Extreme 8K HDR for recording); Fujinon (lenses and BT Sport preferred 4K lens partner);  Ikegami (cameras); Leader (Technical Monitoring);  MOOV (graphics); Samsung (showcasing the content on its 2019 8K QLED TV) and Telegenic (OB support).


Dominik Wrona, Head of Outside Broadcast at BT’s Media and Broadcast Division, said: “We have a long history of firsts, starting with HD and 3D content and now adding 8K live sports broadcasts to the list. Today’s demonstration is another example of how our specialist broadcasting division team is a global leader in the broadcasting industry, bringing to life new innovation and technology and partnering with some of the best brands in the business to make this happen.”


Jamie Hindhaugh, chief operating officer, BT Sport, said: “BT Sport has a rich history of the leading the industry with broadcast innovation, whether it’s this season’s launch of one of the world’s first HDR channels, BT Sport Ultimate, or, our 2018 world-first 5G-enabled remote production broadcast in London. Today’s 8K demonstration demonstrates the breadth of capability and know how across BT. By working with our Media & Broadcast division and other valued partners, BT Sport is underlining its position not only as a leading broadcaster, but as a leading innovator in the industry.”



Earlier in the day, BT also showed a live broadcast of the Premier League match between Liverpool and Newcastle in 4K HDR and Dolby Atmos sound. 


Dominik Wrona, Head of Outside Broadcast at BT’s Media and Broadcast Division, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with brands such as BT Sport, Dolby, Timeline TV and Telegenic to deliver one of the highest-ever specification live sports broadcasts at IBC. As one of the leading contribution suppliers both in the UK and around the world, we enable broadcasters to adopt the latest technology such as 4K HDR. We will continue to push the boundaries of innovation, supporting broadcasters as they strive to fulfil their creative and technological ambitions.”



Staff Reporter

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