BT, Dorna rev up Ultra HD for MotoGP
| 02 September 2015
Dorna Sports is to collaborate with BT Sport, the UK broadcasting partner of MotoGP, to produce live coverage of the October British Grand Prix in 4K/Ultra HD.
This is the first time a MotoGP World Championship event will be covered live in Ultra HD, and viewers will have the exclusive experience of watching qualifying and the races in the 4KTV format. With 19 Ultra HD cameras covering the Silverstone circuit, including a high speed, super slow motion camera and the world´s first live wireless 4K cameras, provided by Vislink, BT Sport claims that viewers will be able to fully immerse themselves in the latest developments.
The addition of the Ultra HD cameras brings the total number of live cameras at the event to 160, the largest amount ever seen at a MotoGP.
Commenting on the partnership, Jamie Hindhaugh, chief operations officer, BT Sport, said: "We are very pleased to be working with Dorna and to be the first MotoGP broadcaster in the world to bring our customers coverage of the event in Ultra HD. Through our UHD channel, we will provide a viewing experience that is as close as possible to being trackside at Silverstone. We've received a very positive reaction to the 4K coverage from our customers and we are excited that the MotoGP round at Silverstone will be the fifth live event that we are able to offer on our newly launched BT Sport UHD channel."
Added Dorna Sports MD, TV & media area, Manel Arroyo: "We are really pleased that we have reached a stage where the BT Sport and Dorna production teams are working together to deliver full coverage of the GP in this new format. BT Sport is the first broadcasting partner to take advantage of 4K, and Dorna Sports is excited to continue developing our Ultra High Definition offerings as more partners around the world adopt this format. We have been working with our technology partners involved in the Championship to trial 4K during the past couple of seasons. Silverstone will be a milestone event for motorsport and for MotoGP in particular, with the largest number of cameras ever seen at a GP."