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Ultra HD Forum comes to IBC 2019 with a new release of its Guidelines

September 6, 2019

The Ultra HD Forum will use IBC 2019 to release the latest version (v2.1) of its Guidelines, which now includes plugfest-proven refinements and standards-based enhancements such as DTS-UHD audio, and more detailed case studies like the BBC’s UHD coverage of the 2019 Football Association Challenge Cup.

The Forum will present new demonstrations of the technologies described in the Guidelines to its exhibit in IBC’s Future Zone (Booth 8.F23) at the RAI Amsterdam exhibition center. Visitors will be able to compare the effects of HDR, HFR and different resolutions as well as view a demo of DVB-compliant Dolby Vision. Dutch network operator KPN, together with Harmonic, will provide a technology demonstration of 8K streaming over KPN’s network.

Also, in the Forum’s booth, on Monday, September 16th, France-Télévisions will be available for short briefings about its 8K demonstration of French Open tennis matches.

The Ultra HD Forum’s IBC 2019 Masterclass will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, September 14th in the RAI’s Emerald Room. The session will open with a discussion on deploying commercial UHD services in the real world, with speakers from BBC, KPN, France TV, Mediapro and BT. DVB will follow with an update on its new HDR Dynamic Mapping specifications. Following a break, IHS’s Maria Rua Aguete will provide attendees with the latest global UHD trends at 11:10 a.m. The session will conclude with a UHD encoding workshop, covering the latest trends and challenges—including up-conversion, VVC, 8K, Content Aware Encoding (CAE) and more — featuring NAB, BBright, Beamr, Harmonic, ATEME, Brightcove and ATSC.

Ultra HD Forum president Thierry Fautier said, “As operators around the world commercially deploy both HDR and NGA, we are preparing the industry for a next phase that will include HFR and CAE. The Forum will show the current capabilities of 8K vs. existing 4K services, which should trigger valuable discussion at the show.”

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