NTV-PLUS delivers Sochi Winter Olympics UltraHD broadcast

Editor | 18-02-2014

As the Games generate excitement in curling, the skeleton and the luge, Russian pay-TV provider NTV-PLUS has raised its own game with a live satellite UltraHD broadcast of the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

In partnership with semiconductor solutions firm Broadcom and video processing provider Elemental Technologies, NTV-PLUS says it used the traditional curtain raiser to the event to display industry traction in UltraHD content delivery using HEVC compression standard.

Indeed the broadcast was said to be the first to provide real-time UltraHD TV via a satellite link on a single set-top box chip. It deployed an end-to-end 4KTV HEVC workflow using Broadcom-enabled real-time decoders, Elemental Live video encoders, NTV-PLUS satellite uplink and signal receiving systems and Sony PMW-F55 Cine Alta 4K Digital Cinema cameras for playback on Panasonic 65-inch 4K TVs.

“NTV-PLUS creates high quality television content accessible throughout the country, and we are proud to bring the excitement of this January’s events in Sochi,” said Oleg Kolesnikov, chief technology officer of NTV-PLUS. “Building on our broad sport programming and satellite offerings, broadcasting the Winter Olympics in 4K resolution shows what can be accomplished when operators and silicon vendors work together to deliver UltraHD content.”