SVG Europe FutureSport presents: BT Sport’s 4K Ultra HD Production Report Card

Vislink’s new UltraCoder (on the side of the camera) in use in the pit lane at Silverstone August 30, for BT Sport

Vislink’s new UltraCoder (on the side of the camera) in use in the pit lane at Silverstone August 30, for BT Sport

SVG Europe’s Sport Production Summit in September featured an engrossing panel session examining the remarkable story of innovation behind the August launch of Europe’s first 4K channel – BT Sport Ultra HD. In our follow up at FutureSport December 2 in London, we will explore the challenges of taking 4K on the road with the channel’s purpose-built 4K OB truck.

We look at the major sports events the truck and production team have covered to date — involving an important series of ground breaking technological innovations along the way. The session will be presented by Fergal Ringrose, SVG Europe Executive Editor, in conversation with Andy Beale, BT Sport, Chief Engineer and Jamie Hindhaugh, BT Sport, Chief Operating Officer.

August 1 saw the launch of three channels by BT Sport: in addition to BT Sport Ultra HD were the new BT Sport Europe and BT Sport Showcase channels. The timing of the launches related to BT Sport’s successful bid to become the sole UK rights holder for all 351 games of the 2015-2016 UEFA Champions League and Europa League season.

In preparation for Ultra HD, Timeline Television built a bespoke OB truck in collaboration with BT Sport. UHD-1 was been constructed from the ground up featuring the highest quality 4K workflow available including the first deliveries of Sony’s new HDC-4300 2/3 inch UHD 4K camera; the world’s first Fujinon UHD 4K 2/3inch 80:1 box and 22:1 ENG lenses; and a Snell Kahuna UHD 4K switcher with Sirius router.

Later in August, the Octo British Grand Prix at Silverstone was the first time a MotoGP World Championship event was broadcast live in Ultra HD; the first time 4K super slo-mo was used on a live sports production; and the first time a UHD wireless camera system was used on a broadcast.

BT Sport and its valued technology partners have continued to innovate in this, its first quarter of live Ultra HD production – making it a world pioneer in 4K UHD broadcasting. SVG Europe’s FutureSport at The Kia Oval on December 2 will provide a unique opportunity to gain insight into the broadcasters’ UHD journey from inception into regular live sports broadcast production and delivery.

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