Getting UHD football on-screen: BT unveils its broadcast links truck


BT is to unveil the latest Ultra High Definition (UHD) outside broadcasting links truck at this year’s IBC conference in Amsterdam. 

The vehicle will be used by BT’s Media and Broadcast (BT M&B) division to broadcast BT Sport’s live coverage of the Round 2 AVIVA Premiership Rugby Matches in 4K.

The TES52 truck, which was designed and built by systems integrator, Megahertz, is the first vehicle in the UK capable of transmitting multiple HD and UHD/4K visions via fibre and satellite simultaneously. The truck uses the latest encoding equipment, which has been specifically designed for premium live sports broadcasting.

BT M&B recently completed work upgrading 20 leading football stadiums around the UK with an ultrafast fibre network which can support multiple camera feeds simultaneously, with perfect picture quality. 40Gbps of fibre capacity will run directly from each Premier League football ground to the BT Tower. The fibre cabinets which are part of the new network will also be on display at BT’s IBC stand.

Mark Wilson-Dunn, Vice President at BT Media and Broadcast, said: 
“We’re really excited to be showcasing our latest technology innovations at IBC, as it’ll give us even more opportunities to meet and share ideas with others from the industry. We believe that we have the UK’s best outside broadcast links fleet, delivering the highest quality footage to broadcasters and sports fans across the world in all formats including 4K UHD. It’s not good enough to just keep up in this industry. We owe it to our clients to keep innovating and lead from the front.”

  • At the IBC, BT’s digital and media broadcast services arm will display the TES52 truck on their stand [O.C01 in the Outside Exhibition area] from 9 - 13 September.

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