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Sky to air F1 2017 in UHD following successful test by Tata Communications

MUMBAI: UK-based Sky will show all Formula 1 races of the 2017 season in ultra high definition (UHD) following the first ever end-to-end broadcast of an F1 race in UHD at the 2016 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix.

The race was tested in action live broadcasting by F1’s official connectivity provider Tata Communications.

The UHD test in Singapore follows a series of other ambitious proof of concepts by Tata Communications and Formula One Management around live over-the-top content delivery and 4K broadcasting.

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.

“Delivering the race action seamlessly in UHD from any Grand Prix location to homes requires superfast, reliable connectivity on a global scale,” said Tata Communications MD of F1 business Mehul Kapadia.

“Other game-changing technologies like virtual reality will rely on ubiquitous, superfast connectivity too. As the break-neck speed of technology innovation continues, we’ll work with Formula One Management to enable fans to experience the exhilarating world of F1 in new ways,” said Sky director of operations Keith Lane.

“UHD offers four times higher resolution than HD, making F1 a more powerful, immersive experience for fans than ever before. The success of this proof of concept in Singapore shows that we’re on track to show every race live in UHD next season using our next-generation Sky Q home entertainment service, and to continue to give our customers the action-packed F1 experiences that they crave,” Lane added.