Sky Sport UHD & Sky Sport Bundesliga UHD on-air Qvest Media Realizes First 4K Live Channel Infrastructure in Germany

Sky Germany Ultra-HD

The top match Borussia Dortmund vs. Hertha BSC Berlin on the 7th matchday of the Bundesliga season 2016/2017 marked a new era for Sky Deutschland: In close collaboration with Qvest Media, Sky brought two new Ultra HD channels on air and broadcasted the match in Ultra HD. For the project, Qvest Media undertook the design and planning of the fully redundant system architecture, and implemented the IT-relevant system integration of the broadcast for the 4K live production infrastructure and Ultra HD broadcast management.

In order to implement Sky’s new Ultra HD channels – and with a project duration of around 12 months – Qvest Media developed a fully-fledged 4K production environment with a live broadcast chain. In the first stage, the pay TV channel showed one match per Bundesliga matchday, as well as selected games of the UEFA Champions League in ultra-high-definition format on the channels Sky Sport Bundesliga UHD and Sky Sport UHD.

Technical Informations

Sky Germany
Unterföhring, Germany
01/2016 - 10/2016
Integrated Solutions (Extract) Manufacturer / Supplier
4K live production infrastructure and UHD playout Qvest Media
Venice 4K servers Rohde & Schwarz
Transfer storages Elements
SpycerBox nearline servers Rohde & Schwarz
HighRes editing suites Avid
Graphic suites Adobe & Vizrt
Highlight editing and SloMo servers EVS
ADC automation Imagine Communications
Media sequencer Vizrt
EQX router Evertz
VSM studio control Lawo
Keyer For-A
Intercom Riedel
4K class 1 monitoring Sony & Canon
Studio furniture Qvest Media Finecut