Sky Sports makes 4k broadcast history

Sky Sports produces first full 4k live broadcast in the world
The Ryder Cup was chosen by Sky Sports as a test for its 4k broadcast technology
The Ryder Cup was chosen by Sky Sports as a test for its 4k broadcast technology

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Broadcasting history was made at the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles when Sky Sports pioneered the first full end-to-end production in 4K. In addition, 4K ultra-motion replays were provided by the I-MOVIX X10 UHD.

Sky Sports covered the entire week’s action at The Ryder Cup as a full production trial for 4K broadcasting. The test contributed to the broadcaster’s understanding of the technology and the changes that are happening in this field. It follows their first 4K test broadcast, showing West Ham vs. Stoke City on August 31st 2013.

The Ryder Cup UHD trial involved the most important OB suppliers using ten 4K cameras and industry-leading production servers. Fletcher London provided the I-MOVIX X10 UHD ultra-motion system, running during the entire event at 500fps to capture the action at the club head and in the crowd.

“The 2014 Ryder Cup gave Sky Sports the opportunity to produce a comprehensive trial production at Gleneagles with the same challenges that a big event golf tournament would give”, said Keith Lane, Director of Operations, Sky Sports. “Using a range of UHD cameras and lenses, we were able to cover the production on several holes”.

“If the I-MOVIX X10 UHD technology is already in use in the United States thanks to Fletcher Sports, it was the first time the UK branch had the opportunity to experiment with it,” said Haydn Parnell, Manager and Chief Engineer, Fletcher London. “We had the best available 4K monitors on the truck and we were blown away by the image quality, which was beyond what I was expecting.”

Chicago-based Fletcher Sports and its UK branch, Fletcher London, are renowned for providing the most advanced production tools to a range of sports customers, including a fleet of I-MOVIX systems used to enhance coverage of major sporting events in the USA and Europe.

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