India’s Tata Communications along with others have successfully tested the ultra high definition broadcasting during the Singapore Grand Prix and following the first ever end-to-end broadcast of an F1 race in UHD all races of the 2017 season will be shown in this format.
Tata Communications, the official connectivity provider of Formula 1, Formula One management and Sky, have tested the technology and the successful proof of concept involved the installation of multiple state-of-the-art UHD cameras on the Singapore circuit.
The footage from these was mixed in at broadcast centre onsite, and the UHD output distributed live to Sky’s headquarter 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.
“This proof of concept with Sky and Tata Communications demonstrates our ongoing commitment to make F1 the ultimate sports experience by harnessing the power of cutting-edge broadcasting technologies,” said John Morrison, Chief Technical Officer of Formula One Management.
“Delivering the race action seamlessly in UHD from any Grand Prix location to homes requires superfast, reliable connectivity on a global scale,” said Mehul Kapadia, Managing Director of F1 Business at Tata Communications.