Sky to broadcast 19 hours of music from 2018 Isle of Wight Festival in 4K with Dolby Atmos

posted on Monday, 21st May 2018 by Steve May

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Sky will broadcast the Isle of Wight Festival 2018 live in 4K UHD with Dolby Atmos audio. 19 hours of live music will be broadcast from the four day festival. The coverage will appear on Sky Arts and Sky One via the Sky Q platform. Sky is also planning to record additional content in 4K and Dolby Atmos for other platforms.

The event will be produced by CC-Lab, a veteran of Sky's festival coverage. The addition of UHD acquisition follows the adoption of Dolby Atmos for the 2017 event. This expansion should broaden the appeal of 4K displays and multichannel audio, which is good news for the CI industry.

Justin Rees, executive producer at CC-Lab, says the project will offer an ‘as if you were there’ experience, that “will place the viewer right in the centre of the crowd and the very heart of the festival.”

Phil Edgar-Jones, director of Sky Arts, says: “We strive for firsts at Sky One and Sky Arts, and we’ve done it again this time with the combination of expanding the breadth of our coverage on Sky Q and investing in the very best technology available to cover a live event.”

The Isle of Wight Festival runs 21-24 June 2018, and boasts a line-up including Depeche Mode, The Killers, Kasabian, Liam Gallagher and Manic Street Preachers.

The expansion follows Sky’s live UHD broadcast of the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, which also featured Dolby Atmos audio. The OB project has been widely praised for the quality of its 2160/50 video and immersive audio.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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