Using Fraunhofer HHI´s real-time encoding solution for the newly established H.265 / MPEG-HEVC video coding standard (in short HEVC), the German Pay-TV channel Sky Deutschland has premiered the first live broadcast of a football match worldwide via satellite in Ultra HD (4K).
Transmission of the Bundesliga game between FC Bayern Munich and SV Werder Bremen on April 26, 2014 took place as part of an internal test run and was encoded in the new video compression standard HEVC.
Test 2 HEVC UHD
A total of six 4K cameras combined with another four HD cameras which were up-converted to Ultra HD in the broadcast van delivered the match with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels at a refresh rate of 50 Hz to several Ultra HD TV sets in Sky’s headquarters in Unterföhring near Munich.
The first half of the match was encoded by the Rohde&Schwarz AVHE100 Headend System with the integrated HEVC Encoder developed by Fraunhofer HHI, who also played a major role in the development of the video coding standard HEVC.
“This pioneering broadcasting of a complete football match was a resounding success and marks an important step towards bringing top quality Ultra HD live sports broadcasts into consumers` living rooms”, said Prof. Dr. Thomas Wiegand, Executive Director of Fraunhofer HHI.
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