4K Broadcast Van Being Prepped for Confederations Cup

FIFA: $600 million
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NBCUniversal's Telemundo outbid incumbent Univision for U.S. Spanish-language rights to FIFA World Cup soccer in an eight-year, $600 million deal that commences in 2015.

One of the world's first 4K-ready outside broadcast vehicles is being readied to test run live Ultra-HD production of the upcoming FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The multimillion dollar outside broadcast vehicle currently being built in the U.K. for broadcast vehicle provider Telegenic by Sony's systems integration division could be ready and shipped to Brazil in time for the tournament's start on June 15.

It is likely to house equipment including a 4K-ready MVS-8000 production switcher, a set of PVM-X300 4K professional monitors and a number of Sony cameras including its 4K F65 and F55 models.

The latter can be used for live 4K production, says the company, when fitted with a B4 mount which can accommodate standard outside broadcast lenses.

The Sony F65 camera has already been used by broadcasters including Fox Sports, ESPN and BSkyB to shoot 4K, often with replay action of HD pictures derived from the 4K source image.

Telegenic also provides 3D outside broadcast vehicles. One of its trucks was airfreighted to South Africa in 2010 for Sony's 3D sponsored production of the FIFA World Cup.

The Confederations Cup will be a test run of Ultra-HD workflows, the success of which will determine to what extent an Ultra HD live broadcast of the FIFA World Cup in 2014 is possible.