World's First Live Rugby in True 4K/UHD at IBC

World's First Live Rugby in True 4K/UHD at IBC

Newtec news Sunday 15 September 2013

A live rugby match between Saracens and Gloucester, being played in London, will become the first ever sport event live 4K transmission at IBC. It will be captured by top spec Sony cameras, transmitted over BT fiber and the IntelsatONE network then uplinked using Newtec equipment to Intelsat’s 905 satellite to be broadcast to IBC in Amsterdam and playedout on the Intelsat, Sony and Ericsson booths. This step shows that transmission of 4K quality images is now commercially possible and consumer demand must now catch up with commercial technological capabilities. This exciting project means that Newtec will have been involved in every major 4K demonstration around the world this year.

All participants are playing a vital role in the historical broadcast. A 4:2:2, 10-bit, 4K/UHD signal at 60 frames per second is displayed in the booths at IBC. Ericsson is involved with their compression solution. BT is driving the transmission over the same fibre network used for its brand new sports channels. Sony is capturing and displaying the pictures with its camera and monitor equipment. Newtec is providing the modulation and demodulation to ensure an unbroken high capacity satellite link for the pictures.

This live transmission of 4K UHDTV premium sports content underlines that our M6100 Broadcast Satellite Modulator can reliably process and transmit any content, ranging from low bitrate SD content up to very high rates for UHDTV. 

Newtec’s Clean Channel Technology® used in this demonstration gives very high transmission efficiency - up to 15% better compared to standard DVB-S2 - while preserving interoperability with professional receivers (IRD’s). The M6100 is software upgradeable to the upcoming DVB-SX standard which will further increase transmission efficiency by up to 37% compared to today’s DVB-S2. 

The demonstration proves that the satellite delivery chain can accommodate the next-generation signals as soon as broadcasters are ready to offer them. The time is now for 4K UHDTV.

Live Rugby in 4K