As part of Sky’s on-going innovation in technology, on August 31st its research and development teams successfully broadcast the UK’s first ever live event in Ultra HD at its West London HQ. The broadcaster filmed Saturday’s 3pm Premier League football match between West Ham and Stoke City and transmitted the whole match live over satellite through its Studio facility.
All the content was directed live, produced and edited by Sky’s in-house football production and broadcast operations teams using four Sony F55 UHD cameras complemented by two UHD EVS servers for replay, and graphics. The production was done from a purpose built outside-broadcast truck in conjunction with Sony and Telegenic in line with current live HD broadcast techniques.
The content was delivered using Sky’s end-to-end broadcast platform and was shown on a Sony 84” Ultra HD TV at its headquarters in Isleworth.
Sky stresses that this was not a product launch, purely an early demonstration as part of Sky’s on-going tests to develop the broadcast requirements to meet any future demand for Ultra HD. Sky is currently working with others in the wider TV industry, including TV manufacturers and studios to assess the potential for Ultra HD.
The demonstration involved:
After the event, a Sky Spokesperson said: “As you’d expect from Sky, we are constantly experimenting and evaluating new technologies which may help our customers get more enjoyment from the TV they love. As part of this research we have successfully broadcast a test event in Ultra HD. It’s yet another UK first for Sky. We will continue to test and learn so that we’re ready as and when the market for Ultra HD begins to develop.”