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4KTV? Not So Fast!
From the looks of things at the recent IBC show in Amsterdam, the broadcast industry is looking to shed the 3D glasses and provide TV pictures that are sharper and brighter than HDTV. Four times (and even eight times) sharper, to be precise. Yet are we, as an industry, ready? Michael Grotticelli investigates…
A couple of years ago, 3D production, post-production and display technology was exhibited everywhere at broadcast trade shows. It was hoped that the nascent technology could save an industry suffering from the collapse of HDTV set sales. Now that 3D hasn’t caught on in any real way with the public, broadcast equipment suppliers are looking past 3D for the next big thing. Some would say the solution to geeky, expensive glasses and stereoscopic-induced eye strain in living rooms of the future could be Ultra-HD television (UHDTV) pictures that to many appear to create just a viewing experience just as immersive as 3D. At the IBC show several international broadcasters, including Sky Deutschland and Canal Plus, said they are preparing dedicated channels for the near future as a new source of revenue. “UHDTV will be the next big thing in broadcasting, taking the consumer experience to the next level,” said Ferdinand Kayser, COO of satellite bandwidth provider SES; while addressing a session at the IBC Show this week. “It will make linear TV even stronger and more compelling and ensure that satellite will remain the most powerful TV infrastructure in the future.” Current bandwidth limitations have 4K as the most practical UHDTV resolution to deliver to consumers, but it still would be problematic to accomplish at best because most facilities are wired for 1.5 Gbps video distribution (some feature 3 Gbps architectures, but it certainly is not the norm). After several years of migration pains, broadcasters are not looking to replace their equipment any time soon. They’ve got an ROI to justify. The UHDT V spec, pioneered by Japanese broadcaster NHK and recently afforded worldwide standardisation b y t h e I n t e rn a t i o n a l Te l e communications Union, also i n c l u d e s resolutions up to 8K or 7,680 x 4,320 resolution. NHK calls it “Super HiVision” but most at the IBC Show simply gawked in awe at the stunning Sony demonstrated 4K transmission at IBC pictures. Don’t get too excited about 8K just yet, Media for Sony Europe. “This (live however, as NHK said it won’t begin demonstration with SES on the real world broadcast testing of 8K new 4K TV) demonstrates that 4K until 2020. satellite transmission may arrive in However, 4K (3840 x 2160) the home sooner than predicted by resolution did appear to be a bit the industry.” closer to home TV reality at IBC, However, the reality is that the where the equipment necessary to industry is still coping with the move capture, compress, store, distribute from standard- to high-definition and display such data-intensive broadcasting. Some have not content over satellite was shown in gone digital yet. This was brought home at the IBC show when Harris earnest. Missing from the traditional broadcast chain are an adequate announced it was supplying the video production switcher and French-speaking West African nation of Togo with production studios, graphics processors, but those will master control rooms, transmitters come with time. At IBC there was and other gear at nine locations to also an 8K camera (from Ikegami/ facilitate a countrywide digital TV NHK) and a projector (JVC). transition. The company said it will At the show SES worked in collaboration with Sony to transmit completely renew Togo’s broadcast live 4K content. A dedicated video TV infrastructure by designing, channel was uplinked from the SES installing and commissioning headquarters in Luxembourg via an entire digital video chain to the ASTRA Satellite System. The transmit throughout the country, 4K programming, captured with a using a national network of DVB-T2 Sony F65 camera, was encoded and transmitters and satellite services. played out in the “Quad HD” format Once complete, Togo will become in the Sony and SES exhibit booths, one of the first West African states to using the H.264 compression adopt and implement DVB-T2. The standard, at a data rate of 50 Mbps. migration will enable a significant It was displayed on a new Sony increase in standard and highBravia 84-inch 4K display, which definition TV channel capacity, as have now gone on sale. well as significantly increase the “Sony is committed to bringing transmission networks resiliency ever greater viewing experiences and robustness. to consumers around the world Helios Rodriguez, General and 4K delivers on that promise,” Director at General d’Afrique said Olivier Bovis, Head of AV (the local construction company
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involved with the project), said adoption of the DVB-T2 standard “gives Togo great facilities today and also future-proofs their network for many years to come.” Imagine telling the national broadcaster in Togo that they have to replace their yet-to-be installed HD equipment in two years to transmit UHDTV. I’d like to hear a broadcast equipment salesman trying to spin that story. While it’s important to remain optimistic about future capabilities for the next generation of television, it’s equally critical to understand that, while the higher resolutions might be desired by filmmakers and heady multichannel programme distributors with deep pockets and the need to stay one step ahead of the competition, broadcasters around the world have their proverbial plate full at the moment - trying to stay on the air with a digital signal and/or delivering content to the TV, Internet and mobile devices simultaneously. So, while UHDTV might give 3DTV a run for its money, don’t expect 4KTV to replace HDTV in living rooms any time soon. The 4K sets are very expensive and a lack of programming and cost-effective bandwidth will remain major hurdles for several years. Where have we heard this conundrum before? ■


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In Broadcast - October 2012
Contents
PO Group Invest in 4k SGO Mistika Solution
BBC Entertainment Launches in Malaysia
AJA KI Pro Eases Elton John Show Workflow Transition
Bolshoi Theatre Install RTS System
Canal+ Sports Opts for Orad Power Wall
SIS LIVE Rolls Out OB 14 HD Truck
OCC’s Bill Smith Answers on the Technical Challenges
4KTV? Not So Fast!
ChyronIP Powers Graphics on Newtek Tricaster
Take Control With Rascular’s Helm
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In Broadcast - October 2012 - PO Group Invest in 4k SGO Mistika Solution
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In Broadcast - October 2012 - BBC Entertainment Launches in Malaysia
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In Broadcast - October 2012 - Canal+ Sports Opts for Orad Power Wall
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In Broadcast - October 2012 - SIS LIVE Rolls Out OB 14 HD Truck
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In Broadcast - October 2012 - OCC’s Bill Smith Answers on the Technical Challenges
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In Broadcast - October 2012 - 4KTV? Not So Fast!
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In Broadcast - October 2012 - ChyronIP Powers Graphics on Newtek Tricaster
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In Broadcast - October 2012 - Take Control With Rascular’s Helm
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