IBC2008: Samsung Plans Debut of Live Super Hi-Vision

June 4, 2008
This could go down as perhaps the earliest preview announcement on record by an IBC exhibitor, but Samsung is telling everyone that it plans to demo its ultra-HD system (dubbed Super Hi-Vision) at this years IBC confab in Amsterdam.

That, in itself, is not unusual; it has shown the technology in past industry shows. But this time around, the Super Hi-Vision demo will consist of live video images via satellite, mixed with recorded footage. Considering that IBC doesn’t take place until Sept. 11–16, Samsung acknowledges it’s taking a chance on publicly committing to an ambitious project this far out.

Super Hi-Vision features 7680×4320 and 22.2 audio channels (compared to good old-fashioned “full HD” of 1080p at a mere 1920×1080 and 5.1-channel audio).

Broadcasters committed to featuring the live images at IBC include Super Hi-Vision developer NHK of Japan, RAI of Italy, and the BBC of Great Britain. Samsung announced in Seoul that Hi-Vision content shot earlier in Japan will be mixed with live images from a fixed camera in downtown London operated by SIS Outside Broadcasts. The live London feed will be compressed using MPEG-2 and delivered over an “ultra-broadband fiber” provided by Cable & Wireless.

The live images will be dependent on a satellite server located in Turin, Italy, and relayed to IBC in Amsterdam via two Eutelsat satellite transponders.

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