BT Sport last night showcased the world’s first broadcast of a UEFA Champions League game in High Definition HDR direct to mobile. The breakthrough live trial took place at Wembley Stadium, broadcasting to a beta version of the BT Sport App on a range of devices including the brand new Samsung S9 on EE’s 4G mobile network.
The live broadcast showed Italian Champions Juventus make it through to the quarter-final of the UEFA Champions League with a 2–1 win against Tottenham Hotspur. The world first used EE’s award winning 4G network, bringing together the powerful end-to-end capabilities of BT’s Consumer division.
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Jamie Hindhaugh, chief operating officer, BT Sport said: “Mobile viewers are an important and growing part of our audience, and we’re constantly focusing on innovating to ensure the best possible experience for our sports fans. HDR is the future for mobile – the technology is perfect for getting the most out of the small screen, with incredible colour and definition.”
HD HDR provides a better mobile experience and is less data intensive for both the mobile network and the user’s data consumption than 4K.
To prove the performance of HD HDR live broadcast to mobile, BT Sport utilised a 24 camera Ultra HD set up at Wembley Stadium, with 17 HDR cameras native HDR, and the remaining seven cameras converted to HDR 10 PQ. BT Sport will continue to test the new HD HDR technology along with other features in development.
Innovation is at the heart of BT Sport. In 2017 BT Sport broadcast the UEFA Champions League final using HDR in Ultra-High Definition (UHD) with Dolby Atmos® sound on its BT TV service at a private screening in London. The match was also available for the first time in Virtual Reality 360 to fans, and in 4K UHD on YouTube and 4K UHD with Dolby Atmos sound on BT TV.