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BBC to show Commonwealth Games in 4K as part of next UHD trial

The BBC will give the public a chance to watch the upcoming Commonwealth Games in glorious 4K as part of its next UHD trail, the broadcaster has confirmed.

Currently conducting its first 4K trial out a the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the Beeb has now revealed that this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow will act the platform for its next UHD trial.

Delivering all 4K footage over the internet using the BBC R&D’s latest streaming technolgoies, the trial will not only look at the viability of 4K as a broadcast platform, but assess if live TV coverage can be improved by running over IP networks.

We may well look back at this trial as a watershed moment in the history of broadcasting,” Matthew Postgate, Controller at BBC R&D said.

“By proving for the first time that complex events can be created and delivered completely over IP technology, we’re opening up a world of possibilities to programme makers and the wider industry.”

He added: “Not only could BBC R&D’s vision for a new broadcasting system help producers create programmes more efficiently and cost-effectively, but it allows them to take advantage of data like never before, offering new editorial options and ways of improving the experience for audiences.”

Unlike the current World Cup trial – which is only being shown behind closed doors at BBC HQ – the BBC has confirmed its next 4K trial will be shown to the public.

Covering the Commonwealth Games in their entirety, the BBC will give those curious about the 4K experience the opportunity to watch the UHD broadcast as part of a public showcase.

Held in the Glasgow Science Centre, this public viewing will run from 10am to 5pm every day during the games’ July 24 to August 3 run.

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