Sky Germany pushes into ultra HD world

Jörn Krieger | 30-11-2012

German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland is to record a live football game in ultra HD (4K) for the first time on 1 December 2012.

The new video format, offering a resolution four times higher than the current HDTV standard, will be employed at the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

"Today, ultra HD is still a thing of the future, but even at this early stage the first experiences are amazing," Brian Sullivan, CEO of Sky Deutschland, said in Munich. "The test recording on Saturday is only the first of many steps which will follow. We are pushing the development forward to be in the front position of the next TV revolution and to offer our subscribers the best entertainment experience possible."

The first TV sets capable of handling ultra HD will become available in German retail stores in the next couple of days. However, there is still a lack of suitable content. To be prepared for the future, Sky Deutschland will test the new format for the first time and record the game between FC Bayern and Dortmund with two 4K cameras.

The production will take place in collaboration with the Ingolstadt-based production company Kropac Media and will initially serve internal development purposes. A TV broadcast is not planned at this stage, according to Sky.

Astra satellite operator SES also wants to push the development of ultra HD. The company recently announced the launch of a 4K showcase channel in 2013, enabling retailers to present the new HDTV generation to their customers in local shops.