16 X HD satellite transmission demonstrated in Amsterdam

Delegates and visitors at this year’s IBC witnessed a world first when a Japanese broadcaster teamed up with the UK’s BBC and Italy’s Rai to deliver the worlds first live satellite transmission of an ultra hi-definition broadcast.

Delegates attending the International Broadcasting Convention were able to view NHK’s Super Hi-Vision system which delivers 8K resolution – approximately 16 times more detailed than current HD standards with 22.2 audio sound.

The demonstration was broadcast to Amsterdam's RAI Convention Center from a live camera in London over a fibre connection and from a server in Torino, Italy, via satellite.

NHK aims to bring SHV to the home in perhaps 10 years, said Keiichi Kubota, director general of the Science & Technical Research Laboratories of NHK.

NHK already is working on a range of SHV equipment, including cameras and TV sets.

However, Kubota pointed out that only TV sets over 70 inches would benefit from such resolutions. "From a technical point of view, it is difficult to make SHV sets smaller and still appreciate the quality," he said.

NHK, the BBC and Italy's RAI formed a research cooperative group called the Broadcast Technology Futures Group.

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