Advanced Television

BBC Super Hi-Vision plans emerge

September 14, 2010

By Chris Forrester



NHK developed Super Hi-Vision, often called ‘Super HDTV‘ thanks to its 4000 lines on the TV screen, is gaining momentum, despite the hype surrounding 3D-TV. The BBC is about to capture a rock concert in London, and transmit the Super Hi-Vision images direct to Japan later this month. Roger Mosey, who is the BBC’s 2012 London Olympic Games director, says he is also talking to Japanese public broadcaster NHK about facilitating Super Hi Vision images at the upcoming 2012 games.

“We are very hopeful for Super Hi-Vision, because it would almost certainly be just one camera, so it isn’t as if we have to rig for hundreds of cameras at multiple locations,“ said Mosey. “The upcoming test transmission will be to ensure our ability to get signals from London to Japan. It will probably end up being used at a few test screens for public viewing.”

As for the September transmission, the BBC’s Super Hi-Vision effort for NHK will cover a concert by The Charlatans, and Mosey said the transmission will also include images gathered at Team GB Taekwondo bouts.

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