BT Sport and Samsung kick off 8k with UK broadcast trial

posted on Friday, 28th February 2020 by Steve May

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8k broadcasting in the UK took a step nearer reality last night, with a successful 8k broadcast trial of the UEFA Europa League match between Arsenal and Olympiacos.

The landmark, a collaboration between BT Sport and Samsung, was delivered using a bespoke BT Sport 8k outside broadcast set-up, feeding Samsung QLED 8k screens, at the Emirates Stadium. The live 8k footage was delivered over IP to QLED TVs at the Stadium, at 50Hz. The match was shot with a single Sony UHC-8300 8K camera system, plus PWS-4500 production servers, HDRC-4000 HDR production converter Units, and BVM-HX310 4K TRIMASTER HX Professional Master Monitors. 

It’s no surprise that BT has jumped in early with 8k, as it has a history of breaking broadcast ground, setting the pace with live 4k sports acquisition and deploying Dolby Atmos audio.

"The live 8k footage was delivered over IP to QLED TVs at the Stadium. The match was shot with a single Sony UHC-8300 8K camera system..."


It also was an early advocate of VR, although as we know from that particular diversion, not every technological advance enjoys commercial success.

BT has also pioneered the use of HDR, with the launch of BT Sport Ultimate, although this focuses on its mobile delivery platforms. Jamie Hindhaugh, chief operating officer, BT Sport, declared that the broadcast “continues BT’s mission to take our viewers to the heart of sport and serve them the ultimate viewing experience.”

For Samsung, the trial provides validation of its hard push on 8k, despite a general feeling in the broadcast community that 8k will remain a science experiment for the time being.

Samsung X BT Sport 8K Broadcast Logo

“For 50 years Samsung has pioneered the TV category,” says Dan Hastings, Director of TV and AV at Samsung UK,citing the brand’s launch of Digital Colour TV in 1998 and double-sided LCD screens in 2006. “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.”

BT Sport will hope to build momentum for its 8k production ambitions with more live sport trials, leading to a possible consumer roll-out as early as 2021, although initially as a service for its app rather than any BT set top box.

BT suggests that a broadband speed around 80Mbps would be required to watch, considerably higher than it delivers on its Infinity fibre network.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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