BT Sports demos first live sports broadcast in 8K

UEFA Europa League match between Arsenal and Olympiacos on the 27th February was transmitted live by BT Sport and its partners using the LV5900 to check signal quality
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BT Sports broadcasted its first public demonstration of live 8K sport in the UK.

The British broadcaster used a Leader LV5900 HD/4K/8K multi-standard waveform monitor to monitor the signal feed.

The UEFA Europa League match between Arsenal and Olympiacos (round of 32) on the 27th February was transmitted live by BT Sport and its partners using the LV5900 to check signal quality in a BT Sport 8K broadcast production truck located just outside the Emirates Stadium in London.

BT Sport Ultimate, launched in 2019, was the world’s first service to feature regular programming in high dynamic range as well as 4K UHD and Dolby Atmos.

BT first demonstrated its 8K capability with an hour-long live relay of a Premiership Rugby Sevens match from Northampton, England, to the September 2019 IBC in Amsterdam.

"8K HDR is the pinnacle in terms of television production quality, creating a picture four times sharper than 4K and 16 times sharper than HD, plus very high quality audio. Our LV5900 waveform monitor is a highly compact instrument designed for checking video and audio signal parameters at any point in the production and delivery chain, from studio right through to transmission and reception. Its uniquely versatile toolset can be used to ensure raw and encoded signal feeds conform as closely as possible to the maximum deliverable quality. It can also simultaneously display two 4K sources, a capability that is taken for granted with HD products but was not hitherto available on any 4K test instruments."

Other partners supporting included Appear TV, Astro Design, Blackmagic Design, Fujinon, Moov, Samsung, Socionext, Sony, Telegenic and Timeline TV.

The most recent addition to Leader's product range, the LV5900 is designed for content producers, broadcasters and equipment manufacturers progressing into 8K. A Leader-developed focus detection algorithm applies nonlinear super-resolution technology even to low-contrast images for which focus errors were previously difficult to detect.

Housed in a half-rack-width by 4U high portable unit with a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution 9 inch front-panel monitor, the LV5900 is compatible with the SMPTE ST2082-12 standard which receives 8K images via 12G-SDI quad link. Measurement capabilities include video signal waveform display, vector display, picture display, eye pattern display, five-bar display, CIE chromaticity display, freeze error detection, black error detection and gamut error detection.

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