The London 2012 Olympics in Ultra HD

The Olympics is often a technology milestone for broadcasting. In 1948, the BBC did the first ever live outside broadcast to homes from Games that were held where its White City buildings are now. At the Mexico Olympics of 1968 the innovation was colour. In 1984, the Los Angeles Olympics were the first to be captured in HD (by NHK), even though only four people in the truck could see it. Now, the 2012 Olympics will see the introduction of Ultra HD, or Super Hi-Vision, with all of the world’s SHV cameras in London, and public viewing in six UK, Japanese and US cities, thanks to a collaboration between NHK, the BBC, and Olympic Broadcast Services.

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