Leader supports UK’s first live 8K sports demonstration for BT Sport

A Leader LV5900 HD/4K/8K multi-standard waveform monitor was chosen by BT Sport to monitor the signal feed from the UK’s first public demonstration of live 8K sport. The UEFA Europa League match between Arsenal and Olympiacos (round of 32) on 27 February was transmitted live by BT Sport and its partners using the LV5900 to check signal quality in a BT Sport 8K broadcast production truck located just outside the venue.

BT Sport Ultimate, launched in 2019, was the world’s first service to feature regular programming in high dynamic range as well as 4K UHD and Dolby Atmos. BT first demonstrated its 8K capability with an hour-long live relay of a Premiership Rugby Sevens match from Northampton, England, to the September 2019 IBC in Amsterdam.

Other partners supporting included Appear TV, Astro Design, Blackmagic Design, Fujinon, Leader, MOOV, Samsung, Socionext, Sony, Telegenic and Timeline TV.

“We are pleased to have partnered with BT Sport at these two events,” said, Leader Europe business development manager Kevin Salvidge. “8K HDR is the pinnacle in terms of television production quality, creating a picture four times sharper than 4K and 16 times sharper than HD, plus very high quality audio.

“Our LV5900 waveform monitor is a highly compact instrument designed for checking video and audio signal parameters at any point in the production and delivery chain, from studio right through to transmission and reception. Its uniquely versatile toolset can be used to ensure raw and encoded signal feeds conform as closely as possible to the maximum deliverable quality. It can also simultaneously display two 4K sources, a capability that is taken for granted with HD products but was not hitherto available on any 4K test instruments.”

HDR support is provided for HLG, Dolby PQ, S-Log3, C-Log, Log-C and OOTF. In the LV54900’s Cinezone display, the brightness of the HDR area is displayed by rendering the SDR area in monochrome and the HDR area in a brightness-dependent colour.

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