BT Sport and Samsung last night screened the UK’s first public live 8K sports broadcast, with a screening of the UEFA Europa League match between Arsenal and Olympiacos.

BT Sport and Samsung collaborated to deliver the broadcast live from the Emirates Stadium using a bespoke BT Sport 8K outside broadcast set up, delivered to Samsung QLED 8K TVs.

Jamie Hindhaugh, chief operating officer, BT Sport, said: “BT Sport has a rich history of leading the industry with broadcast innovation to provide our customers the best viewing experience in the UK. Whether it’s last season’s launch of the world’s first regular high dynamic range service, BT Sport Ultimate, or, our world-leading remote production activity we’re constantly working to provide the best possible experience. Today’s broadcast in partnership with Samsung continues BT’s mission to take our viewers to the heart of sport and serve them the ultimate viewing experience.”

Dan Hastings, Director of TV and AV at Samsung UK said: “For 50 years Samsung has pioneered the TV category; from the launch of the World’s first Digital Colour TV in 1998, the world’s thinnest TV in 2002, the first double-sided LCD screen in 2006 and then one of our biggest advancements to date; the first company to bring 8K TVs to the UK in 2018. We have shown that we never rest when it comes to pursuing meaningful innovations that could supercharge the way people consume content. It is great that we can add showing the first 8K broadcast to that list with BT Sport in 2020.”

Other partners who supported the live 8K trial were

· Fujinon (8K lenses (HP7.5×8.5 & HP11x22.5) and BT Sport preferred 4K lens partner)
· Socionext (s8-c21 Quad HDMI 2.0 to HDMI 2.1a converter)
· BlackMagic Design (Quad 12GB SDI to HDMI Converter)
· Leader (Leader 8K LV5900 Waveform Monitor)
· Beamr (Beamr 5 8K HEVC Encoder)
· Telegenic (BT Sport OB Partner)
· Timeline TV (BT Sport OB Partner)
· Sony Professional Solutions Europe (UHC-8300 8K Camera System, PWS-4500 Production Servers, HDRC-4000 HDR Production Converter Units, and BVM-HX310 4K TRIMASTER HX™ Professional Master Monitors.)

Jon Creamer

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