BBC R&D announces Ultra-High Definition 2014 FIFA World Cup trials

Date: 05.06.2014     Last updated: 05.06.2014 at 09.44
Category: Corporate; Sport
BBC Research and Development has today announced that it will trial Ultra-High Definition (UHD) broadcasts during this year’s FIFA World Cup.

The closed trials will cover all of the three World Cup matches being produced in UHD by FIFA TV from the Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro – one from the last 16, a quarter-final and the final – marking the first time live UHD coverage will have been delivered simultaneously over Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) and Internet Protocol (IP) technologies ‘to the home’.

The live UHD streams will be transported from Brazil by satellite to the UK where they will be decoded and distributed, via existing broadcast and super-fast broadband infrastructure, to a number of compatible consumer UHD TV sets in selected R&D facilities.

BBC R&D will work closely with strategic research partners, major consumer electronics vendors and technology providers to explore key areas of research in the delivery of live UHD content over broadcast and broadband networks.