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Formula 1 begins Ultra High Definition trials

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Formula 1 begins Ultra High Definition trials
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Sep 21, 2016, 1:27 PM

Formula 1 trialled its first broadcasting of a race in Ultra High Definition (UHD) at the Singapore Grand Prix, ahead of plans for the entire season to be shown like that in 2017.

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid leads at the start of the race
Valtteri Bottas, Williams FW38 Mercedes
Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India F1 VJM09 at the start of the race
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid leads at the start of the race
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid leads Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB12

Tata Communications, which is working as a technical partner of Formula 1, teamed up with broadcaster Sky to deliver the first end-to-end broadcast of a race in UHD.

Sky took several state-of-the-art UHD cameras to the Singapore race and footage from these was mixed with the host images from FOM's Broadcast Centre, before being sent direct to Sky's headquarters in the UK.

The trial comes ahead of Sky's plans to show all F1's races from next season in UHD.

Keith Lane, director of operations at Sky, said: "UHD offers four times higher resolution than HD, making F1 a more powerful, immersive experience for fans than ever before.

"The success of this proof of concept in Singapore shows that we're on track to show every race live in UHD next season using our next-generation Sky Q home entertainment service, and to continue to give our customers the action-packed F1 experiences that they crave."

The switch to UHD, which requires superfast global connectivity, is viewed as a key step towards future Virtual Reality plans for F1.

Mehul Kapadia, managing director of F1 business at Tata Communications said: "Other game-changing technologies like Virtual Reality will rely on ubiquitous, superfast connectivity too.

"As the break-neck speed of technology innovation continues, we'll work with Formula One Management to enable fans to experience the exhilarating world of F1 in new ways."

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