Intelsat, which is operating the world’s first Globalized Network, partnered with leading Brazilian broadcaster, Globo, to demonstrate live 8K video transmissions in Brazil for the 2018 World Cup.
Running through July 15, content was broadcast as part of an exhibition at the famous Museu de Amanhã, Rio de Janeiro’s science museum. The transmission of 8K content to the Brazilian venue provided huge clarity, stunning colour and viewer experience available. By watching the World Cup match in 8K, the companies hoped to provide viewers with a stadium experience.
The 8K signal was transmitted as a 200 Mbps video stream at the International Broadcast Centre in Moscow and transported to Tokyo. It was carried to Intelsat via the Intelsat point of presence in New York. The signal was transmitted on the IntelsatOne terrestrial network to Intelsat’s teleport in Atlanta, Georgia, where it was re-encoded at 90 Mbps using a special NTT 8K HEVC real-time encoder. Once the video was compressed, it was modulated by a Newtec MDM-6100 modem in DVB-S2 and then uplinked to Intelsat 14, the company’s emerging HD video neighbourhood in Latin America known for its HD and 4K content distribution.
“While 8K technology is still evolving and further advancements in compression technology standards are needed, Intelsat’s premier video neighborhoods have proven that they are equipped to distribute 8K content to millions of viewers around the world,” said Rob Cerbone, Intelsat’s Vice President and General Manager, Media.
“Since our founding, Intelsat’s satellite solutions have been at the forefront of innovation when it comes to content distribution and with this 8K demo, fans will be able to experience the match as if they are on the field with their favorite players.”