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NEWS MOVE & DELIVER “ So, after months of speculation, BT Sport has confirmed that it is launching an Ultra High Definition (UHD) channel. Starting with the Charity Shield football from Wembley on 2 August, BT Sport Ultra HD will show ‘selected’ (important word) Premier League and Champions League football matches and games from Rugby’s Premiership. It will be broadcast via the BT TV service, an IPTV offering, so users wanting to watch the higher resolution content will need both BT fibre optic broadband – as there will be a minimum line download speed required to watch UHD - and a new set-top box. Oh yes, and a shiny new UHD TV set of course. Overall, it’s a hugely positive step by BT but also a brave one. By being the first UK broadcaster to commit to an UHD channel, they are trailblazing. They are likely to drive broadband subscriptions and steal subscribers from Sky. But, they may also encounter problems that will need to be solved ‘on the fly’ as it were. In addition, to paraphrase something that once appeared in a Spiderman comic, with great power comes great responsibility. BT’s offering will show sport at 50 frames per second (fps). This is clearly going to be better than the 25fps we use currently. But from the tests many of you will have seen, for live sport, camera panning and movement within a frame are better served at a higher frame rate still. Many argue that the ‘wow’ factor for the viewer only really occurs when it gets up to 100fps and beyond. As such, we, as an industry, must hope that the first viewers of BT Sport Ultra HD are suitably convinced by what they see at 50fps. This will lead to a groundswell of interest and result in other services being launched quickly. And there is every chance they will be convinced. Some education will be required for the early adopters as far as screen size, optimum viewing distance etc are concerned. Plus there needs to be a consistent marketing message that ensures expectations are met. If they are not, there will be a lot of work required to pick up the pieces not just for BT but for the wider industry as a whole. Fingers crossed it won’t come to that. “ CDN Dejero has updated its LIVE+ NewsBook software for Mac notebooks so that it supports the use of portable Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) terminals. Using LIVE+ NewsBook, a Mac notebook can be used as a video uplink device for transmitting live HD or SD video feeds, as well as recorded and edited files, back to a broadcast facility. BGAN terminals enable Internet connectivity from anywhere in the world covered by Inmarsat’s satellite network. In addition to BGAN support, the new release increases the live-streaming maximum bit rate to 10 Mb/s. Broadpeak is participating in a new cross-industry initiative that it is hoped will help to improve multi-screen television customer experience. The Catalyst projects connect service providers, technology suppliers and global enterprises with a view to creating “innovative solutions to common industry challenges.” The “Ensuring the Best Multi-Screen Customer Experience” Catalyst project, championed by Orange, with Broadpeak, JDSU, and Thomson Video Networks as participants, was set up to help multiscreen service providers improve customer retention and reduce operational costs. Catalyst is sponsored by TM Forum, the non-profit industry association dedicated to transforming the digital economy. Mobile video uplink 22 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 103 JULY 2015