The news is out! A live rugby match between Saracens and Gloucester, being played at the IBC in London this year, will write history. Because it will be a great match? Maybe, but definitely because of the way it will be captured and transmitted at the event.
Sometimes I find it unfortunate that I was not able to join key moments in broadcast history. For example, in 1962 when the Telstar satellite carried TV across the Atlantic; in 1967 when the colour TV was launched; or listening to ABBA singing live in 1974 at the Eurovision Song Contest. However great things are happening now with all the 4K demos around the world!
But let's come back to writing history at IBC. Amongst the other 4K demos, the Rugby match mentioned will be special in that it will be the first time a live event has ever been captured in 4K/UHD, encoded, transmitted via fiber and satellite, and decoded in real time. For this, Intelsat is teaming up with BT Media and Broadcast, Ericsson, Sony and Newtec to transmit the live match in 4K Ultra-HD to the RAI Convention Center at IBC 2013.
Would you like to be a part of this historic broadcast moment?
Join me! The demo will take place on Sunday, 15 September between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on the Intelsat, Sony and Ericsson stands.
Hope to see you there!
Update: Find a detailed setup overview in this news article "World's First Live Rugby in True 4K/UHD at IBC" . Let me know what you think about it!
P.S. Also check out this IBC 2013 panel discussion on DVB-S2 Extensions with participants from Intelsat, Eutelsat, SES, Astrium, and more. Alternatively, you might want to join this panel discussion from sIRG and Newtec on Frequency Interference Mitigation.