Following successful trials at the 2016 Singapore Grand Prix, Tata Communications, Connectivity Provider of Formula 1, have confirmed Ultra High Definition (UHD) will be available for Sky at all races from 2017 onwards.
The successful proof of concept involved the installation of multiple state-of-the-art UHD cameras at the Singapore circuit. The footage from these was mixed in the FOM Broadcast Centre onsite, and the UHD output distributed live to Sky’s HQ in Osterley in the UK using Tata Communications’ Video Connect service. Video Connect enables broadcasters to deliver live video feeds over the world’s largest wholly-owned subsea fibre network, ensuring the highest quality experience for viewers.
“UHD offers four times higher resolution than HD, making F1 a more powerful, immersive experience for fans than ever before”says Keith Lane, Director of Operations at Sky.
“Delivering the race action seamlessly in UHD from any Grand Prix location to homes requires superfast, reliable connectivity on a global scale,” says Mehul Kapadia, Managing Director of F1 Business at Tata Communications.
The Tata Communications relationship extends to the entire Sky group, encompassing Formula One broadcast rights across the UK, Germany and Italy. At this time access to packages from the broadcaster to access UHD coverage have not been announced. With the recent sale of F1 to Liberty Media it should be expected Tata Communications will be working to broaden to the offering of UHD content to the entire F1 broadcast community alongside accelerating plans around live OTT & 4K broadcasting.