New Technologies and Exciting Future Promises to be Unveiled at IBC: 4K Ultra HD Features Strongly

by on August 28, 2014

by Stephan Jukic – August 29th, 2014

In just a couple of weeks, IBC 2014 opens its doors at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Center in Amsterdam, Holland and the presentations promise to unveil a whole wave of technological innovations and changes that are going to impact the future of broadcast television.

With a turn-out of roughly 50,000 TV, broadcast and media tech professionals from around the world, IBC is one of the world’s largest conventions for broadcast media technology and this year’s convention is expected to focus in particular on two key issues. These are the TV spectrum and specifically, standards or next-generation TV production and broadcasting.

Center stage at the events will be the battle for spectrum bandwidth next generation resolution technologies for visual media (TVs, projectors and cameras)

Furthermore, IEEE will be on hand to represent and delve into its Future Spectrum Technologies plans, with emphasis given heavily to video transport and encoding for the next generation of TVs and transmission mediums.

There will also be a heavy focus on the resilience and flexibility of satellite transmission of TV broadcasts thanks to an Advance Transmission Techniques for Satellite and Terrestrial Broadcasting session that will be presented by the international broadcasting organization DVB.

Another extremely important aspect of broadcast media that will also be covered consists of a three hour long presentation on the IBC’s closing day which covers the future of broadcast television (FOB-TV). This meeting will cover the future technologies of next-generation TVs and the technologies which will make them deliver high quality content to their owners.

Naturally, because of this wider focus on broadcast technologies and next-gen TV technology, one of the stars of the show will be the Ultra HD resolution developments that are growing across the world’s consumer TV and display market right now.

With the coming of 4K and even eventually 8K Ultra HD display systems for TVs and other display devices, broadcasters will be putting heavy consideration into developing and deploying technologies that can handle either or both data heavy resolution formats. A special “ Go with UHD-1 or Wait for UHD-2” session, which covers both 4K and its potential successor 8K, will examine Ultra HD TV resolution technology from the point of view of content creation, transmission of content to consumers in a reliable way and the professional development of a much wider selection of UHD video media.

Executives from French telecom giant Orange, Ericsson and Discovery Communications will all be discussing their five year strategies for managing preparation for the arrival of 4K video on a broad scale. Discussion will focus on the steps these companies and others plan on taking to make Ultra HD feasible for over the top delivery of content and even for cloud based TV.

A core component of these discussions around 4K resolution will be how to effectively transmit 3,840 x 2,160 pixels of UHD content over existing broadband networks of all kinds and a big part of this will involve going into details on the continuing development of the HEVC video encoding standard used by companies such as Netflix and the BBC to transmit their UHD content to customers.

Particularly interesting for fans of UHD technology at IBC will be the presentation titled, “Ultra High Definition TV: The Latest Technology Developments”. This session will put heavy emphasis on the potential benefits of not just establishing 4K as the default replacement of HD 1080p technology but of also moving ahead into the implementation of the extremely advanced technology of 8K resolution in media. Given that 4K resolution gives almost 5 times the resolution of normal Full HD, 8K is astonishing because it gives viewers 4 times the resolution of 4K!.

Finally, given 4Ks dependence on the development of high resolution camera technologies, there will also be plenty of talk and presentation time devoted to looking at how current and upcoming video cameras are being released with full 4K shooting capability and the ability to take photos with resolutions of up to 6K or higher.

IBC 2014 in Amsterdam promises to be a very powerful and interesting meeting of minds and industries as far as 4K resolution technology is concerned.

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