Dutch Public Broadcaster broadcasts World Cup 2018 in ultra-hd




The Dutch Public Broadcaster will broadcast the upcoming World Cup in Russia in 4k resolution with HDR playback. According to the NPO, a few tens of thousands of people are expected to see UHD broadcasts.

The NPO reports to Tweakers that during the World Cup a ‘special version’ of NPO 1 will be made available to participating providers. According to the public broadcaster, these providers will announce themselves whether the football championship with them in 4k resolution with hdr can be seen. This concerns both providers that offer television via cable, satellite and IPTV.

Consumers need a suitable TV and set-top box if the provider makes use of it. In the case of cable operators working with a smart card, a 4k set-top box is not necessary, provided the TV supports the signal.

The NPO sees the ultra-hd broadcasts of the football matches as an experiment. The public broadcaster wants to say that the technology is mature in terms of specifications and standards to find out what is needed to get the images in people’s homes.

At the end of last year it was already announced that FIFA is recording all the matches of the World Cup this year in 4k resolution with hdr . The organization takes on different formats and broadcasters can, for example, choose for themselves which HDR standard they offer. The NPO opts for hybrid log gamma , or hlg. Earlier, the BBC chose that format as its HDR standard for TV broadcasts.

The uhd signal that NPO offers follows the dvb uhd-1 Phase 2 specification. In addition to a 4k resolution and hlg-hdr, the colors are displayed in the bt2020 color space. The Netherlands is one of fifteen countries where the World Cup in 4k is broadcast with HDR. The football championship starts on 14 June and lasts until 15 July.


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