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This article was published on June 5, 2014

    The BBC reveals 4K broadcast trials for the FIFA World Cup

    The BBC reveals 4K broadcast trials for the FIFA World Cup
    Paul Sawers
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    Paul Sawers

    Paul Sawers was a reporter with The Next Web in various roles from May 2011 to November 2014. Follow Paul on Twitter: @psawers or check h Paul Sawers was a reporter with The Next Web in various roles from May 2011 to November 2014. Follow Paul on Twitter: @psawers or check him out on Google+.

    While we already knew that the 2014 football World Cup was to be produced and broadcast in 4K, thanks to a tie-up between Sony and FIFA, the BBC has announced its very own Ultra HD (UHD) plans for the tournament.

    Unlike Sony’s efforts, which will receive some public exposure, the BBC’s endeavors will be entirely closed trials. The broadcaster’s Research & Development arm will cover three games from the Maracanã stadium in Rio – a last 16 match, a quarter-final game and the final itself. It will work with research partner, Arqiva, consumer electronics companies and other technology providers, as it explores the mechanisms of delivering live UHD content across both broadcast and broadband networks simultaneously.

    During the London Olympics in 2013, the BBC embarked on a number of Super Hi-Vision trials, with a handful of locations across the UK broadcasting events in 8K to the public – however this technology isn’t expected to be widely available until at least 2020.

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