NEC Touts Participation in 8K Over 5G Trial at French Open

PARIS—France’s largest television broadcaster France Télévisions partnered with NEC Corp. and other 8K vendors to conduct a successful transmission of live 8K video over 5G at the French Open in May.



In the demonstration, NEC's "VC-8900" 8K material transmission encoder, which utilizes real-time video compression technologies, was used to transmit high-definition live 8K video of the tournament. The 8K signal was available on DTH platform Fransat and Orange TV and displayed on 8K video monitors and 5G smartphones and tablets in the France Télévisions showroom at Roland Garros.

"Building on the success of this initiative, NEC will further promote the realization and expansion of next-generation broadcasting services using high-definition video in 2020 and beyond," said Takeshi Inoue, General Manager, Broadcast and Media Division, NEC Corp.

More information on the test is available here

Tom Butts

Tom has covered the broadcast technology market for the past 25 years, including three years handling member communications for the National Association of Broadcasters followed by a year as editor of Video Technology News and DTV Business executive newsletters for Phillips Publishing. In 1999 he launched for internet B2B portal Verticalnet. He is also a charter member of the CTA's Academy of Digital TV Pioneers. Since 2001, he has been editor-in-chief of TV Tech (, the leading source of news and information on broadcast and related media technology and is a frequent contributor and moderator to the brand’s Tech Leadership events.