U.K.'s Sky Demos Live Ultra HD Broadcast

The U.K.'s Sky broadcast its first live event -- a soccer match between West Ham and Stoke City at Upton Park -- in the emerging “Ultra HD” format over satellite.

Sky believes it to have been the U.K.’s first live 4K broadcast.

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The match was produced by its in-house soccer production and broadcast operations teams. Sky reported that four Sony F55 4K cameras were used to shoot the match, which was simultaneously broadcast from a Telegenic outside broadcast truck, encoded as four synchronous full HD feeds by Ericsson over a Eutelsat transponder to its London’s headquarters. There, it was shown on a Sony 84-inch Ultra HD TV.

Major consumer electronic manufacturers now offer Ultra HD TVs, which represent roughly four times the resolution of today’s HD. Available content, a business model, and consumer demand are among the moving parts that still need to be addressed. “We will continue to test and learn so that we’re ready as and when the market for Ultra HD begins to develop,” a Sky spokesperson said in a released statement.

4K production tests have been held in the U.K., including at Wimbledon. These were not broadcast.

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