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BBC testing 4K broadcasting with Ultra HD World Cup trial

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The BBC is to experiment with 4K broadcasting technology during the 2014 World Cup.

Although not open to viewing by the public, Sony's Ultra HD footage will be used as a means to see exactly how difficult 4K broadcasting would be.

Sony has teamed up with FIFA to film 4K footage of the World Cup

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Sony will be shooting three World Cup matches in 4K


The BBC's R&D labs will be in charge of the process, working alongside Arqiva to send live streams via satellite to the UK.

The Research and Development wing of the BBC has previously been involved in testing 8K Ultra HD recordings of the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony.

Used to ensure that viewers get the best possible experience, the World Cup trial is set to be the beginning of the BBC investigating how it can bring 4K to the masses.

Part of the trial will involve the BBC building its understanding of the limitations of sending 4K streams over the web, through iPlayer for example.

Sony is filming three games in 4K, including the World Cup Final itself. The footage is set to be put together into a film once the tournament is over.

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