MipTV 2019 to have 8K content screenings; India to present a 4K panel

MUMBAI: A new viewer experience is coming to the entertainment content marketplace MipTV with the world’s first programme of 8K content screenings on 9th April, in the Palais des Festivals.

The international market for TV content development and distribution, MipTV takes place in Cannes, France from 8-11th April 2019. Canneseries runs in the city from 5-10th April 2019. At the same time 4K has not been forgotten. Special 4K panels from India (Spicing up 4K) and Russia (Tricolor TV), Spain (Moviestar+, MediaPro, Wild Stories/TVE) plus The Museum Channel, Zen TV and The Explorers will be present.

The industry is rapidly moving forward on new broadcast standards. Major Japanese broadcasters started 4K and 8K transmissions on broadcast satellite from 1st December last year. NHK is broadcasting a full range of programmes 12 hours a day in the very latest 8K Ultra-High Definition standard. On 19 February, Italy’s public broadcaster RAI announced it would start regular 8K transmissions with the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

This is the very first time that such a collection of 8K footage has been assembled. NHK will screen segments from their “Two Hour Tour” series of city visits (real-world Japanese visitors usually spend two hours at each attraction). “The Palais of Versailles” (a co-production between NHK and the Château of Versailles) will be showcased. NHK has also looked closely at its archive and MIPTV delegates will see a digitally-remastered 8K version of Hollywood’s perennial musical favourite “My Fair Lady,” captured from the original 70mm master.

Also being screened in 8K is music content from France’s Paramax Films including a musical tribute to Michel Legrand, as well as a new film (provisionally titled “Music Hole”). In addition, truly spectacular 8K footage from Italy’s Magnitudo Film will be available. The USA’s K2 Studios will present “Volcanoes,” and their “Rocky Mountain Express” (initially shot for large-screen cinemas) in 8K. Japanese broadcaster WOWOW will show clips from locally produced version of “Cold Case” in 8K.

Director and cinematographer Peter Chang (Golden Gate 3D) who will showcase his latest UHD 8K resolution output including ‘Cuba’ (shot for BBC Earth and Giant Screen Films) and “San Francisco Flow.” Saint Thomas Productions, which regularly use 8K for their factual and documentary output are just back from filming the spectacular eruption of Anak Krakatoa. NASA TV will also screen impressive 8K footage captured from the International Space Station in 8K.

Kansai-TV will showcase their 8K drama “To Make” which has won many awards including New York Film Festival Short Film category. The 8K screenings will take place in the Sony UHD Theatre of the Palais des Festivals, Cannes.

Acknowledging that world broadcasters now recognise that 4K High Dynamic Range transmission is commonplace and that the likes of OTT giants Netflix and Amazon Prime are also busy ramping up their 4K commissions, MipTV will present a programme track in which MipTV delegates can view selected output in the SONY UHD Theatre as well as on Sony’s very latest 98” 8K Bravia Master display.

France Televisions will showcase their ‘Tracks through China’, and this MipTV will screen its first 4K animation in the shape of “Moominvalley” (a Finnish-UK co-production from Gutsy Animations).

ZDF Enterprises will screen ‘The Crimson Rivers’ (Storia Television, in co-production with Maza Pictures for France TV and ZDF with ZDFE, hitting the spot with a gripping thriller set in the macabre world of gruesome crimes and harrowing rituals. ZDFE will also show “The Greatest Race” (produced by Lion TV in cooperation with Smithsonian Networks, C4, ARTE, ZDF and ZDFE) looking at how young Scorpus grows from a slave in ancient Rome to be one of the era’s most successful charioteers at the Circus Maximus.