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TECHNOLOGY Vision for the future of TV D uring the Commonwealth Games BBC Research and Development took the opportunity to unveil a range of new trials and public demonstrations as part of its Games showcase. These experiments brought together a wide range of industry partners and are helping to shape BBC R&D’s vision for the future of TV, and included a number of broadcasting milestones: • The first ever Ultra-HD broadcast of a Commonwealth Games • The first major live event to be produced and delivered entirely over the internet • The first UK trial broadcasting live coverage over 4G mobile networks • The first live virtual reality broadcast combining 360 degree video with 3D audio The first public outing for several cutting-edge BBC R&D projects demonstrating the editorial and creative potential of a new internet-based broadcasting system Matthew Postgate, Controller of BBC R&D commented, “The future isn’t being created by one company or different companies working in isolation, this is a future that is going to be created by collaboration, and the BBC is committed to open innovation and open research.”  The Showcase centred on two broadcasting firsts with BBC R&D’s plans to broadcast certain elements of the Commonwealth Games in Ultra-HD and an initial version of a new internet-based broadcasting system. The Commonwealth Games gave the perfect platform for BBC R&D to announce the first public demonstrations of projects taking advantage of this new system - demonstrating its potential for richer, more interactive and more personal ways of telling stories to audiences – as well as the first live 4G mobile broadcast in the UK. These include... Venue Explorer Gives users Ultra-HD Visitors to the Showcase saw a special BBC R&D production of the Commonwealth Games in Ultra-HD, explored some of the technical challenges facing Ultra-HD production, such as using higher frame rates and higher dynamic range, and saw how it’s put together in the BBC’s experimental IP Production Gallery. Visitors also experienced what the future of TV viewing in the home may be like, with a joint demonstration from BBC R&D and Cisco. The demo explored how Ultra-HD footage from the Games could be experienced with adaptable displays and contextual applications that provide a truly immersive and enhanced viewing experience. the freedom to explore multiple live events taking place in one venue at the same time. It also demonstrates how all audiences could benefit from an Ultra-HD production using standard definition devices. For the Showcase, a fixed wide-angle Ultra-HD camera provided a live feed of all the track and field action taking place in Hampden Park. This allowed users to use a standard tablet to pan around and zoom into the events they’re interested in. The audio will automatically adjust to match the view and, as it’s powered by an Ultra-HD feed, the resolution never drops below standard HD. Interactive graphics overlaid on the video provides additional information relevant to the scene. 70 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 92 AUGUST 2014 TV-BAY092AUG14.indd 70 08/08/2014 15:29