BT delivers first broadcast of live cricket in 4K UHD
BT Media & Broadcast were chosen by Star India to provide the complete 4K UHD Production and Transmission solution to their Direct to Home (DTH) playout affiliates in India for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup being held in Australia.
The Star India network will revolutionise sports broadcasting in the country as it broadcasts seven select matches, including India’s opening match against arch-rivals Pakistan, in the ground-breaking format. This will be the world’s first broadcast of live cricket in 4K UHD.
Star India COO, Sanjay Gupta, said: “We will introduce many firsts and innovations in sports broadcasting to take the great game of cricket to the next level and provide an unprecedented viewing experience to the millions of cricket fans in India.”
4K production and outside broadcasting
BT’s partner, NEP Australia, is filming and producing all seven of the live-to-air UHD matches from the Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide venues. NEP have provided nine 4K cameras with optimal lens sizes determined by the camera position. Each game includes UHD graphics, 4K replays, Dolby 5.1 and up-converted specialised HD camera slots.
Another party, Sydney Teleport Services is providing the TV outside broadcast back-haul and encoding of UHD visions from each cricket venue in Australia, to their Teleport in Sydney which is connected to the BT Global Media Network (GMN).
Global transmission and vision monitoring
Ericsson’s 4K UHD compression equipment encodes live video at all the cricket venues for onward transmission. Once on the GMN, we take the feeds as fully resilient 1+1 services to three affiliate DTH sites in New Delhi, Star HQ in Mumbai and BT Tower in London. Each site has seamless IP protection switching and dual decoders to ensure full resilience and no dropped frames in the transmission to the sites.
BT’s International Media Centre (IMC) at BT Tower in London proactively monitors all global network transmissions using Nevion monitoring equipment. There is also remote UHD vision monitoring capabilities and the quality of the pictures in India are proactively monitored by the Outside Broadcast MCR at BT Tower.