BBC to trial Ultra-HD

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The BBC’s Research and Development department has announced that it will trial Ultra-High Definition (UHD) broadcasts this summer.

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The broadcaster says that In a series of closed trials, BBC R&D will work with its strategic research partner, Arqiva – as well as consumer electronics vendors and technology providers – to explore the delivery of live UHD content over broadcast and broadband networks.

The trials will take place during the football World Cup and will cover three games from the Maracan√£ stadium in Rio – a last 16 match, a quarter final and the final.

The BBC says the trials mark the first time that live UHD coverage will be delivered simultaneously over Digital Terrestrial Television and IP technologies to the home.

It says that 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.

Stuart O’Connor