French Open 2019 : Host broadcaster announces delivery of 8K feed

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French Open host broadcaster France Televisions is all set to deliver 8K signals from the Roland Garros Philippe Chatrier Court during the second grand slam of the year.

After successful trials of 8K production at the Roland Garros last year, France Televisions is again ready for a series of new technology demonstrations. For the first time ever an 8K signals of the French Open action will be available on DTH platform Fransat and Orange TV and 8K pictures in the France Télévisions showroom.

The French Open host broadcaster has collaborated with Orange to deliver 8K quality pictures over the new 5G standards throughout the fortnight from May 26 to June 9.

France Televisions is installing an 8K platform where invited visitors will be able to watch the production process. It’s anticipated that 100 hours of live content will be produced for delivery over satellite and VOD.

As many as 17 cameras will capture the action on the Philippe Chatrier Court and 14 on the Suzanne Lenglen. There will also be dedicated netcams and a Spidercam above the
Philippe Chatrier Court.

Coverage will be broadcast in HD on France 2, France 3 and Drance 4. The 8K signal will be available on DTH platform Fransat and Orange TV and 8K pictures in the France Télévisions showroom.

The broadcaster last year had produced some of the games in 8K, but the live broadcast was not be available to TV viewers. The footage was delivered on giant screens on site in Paris, as well as in France Télévisions’ RG lab, using a Sharp 8K display.

Among other digital innovations, there was production of VR daily TV show E-Mag 360°, which went into the backstage of the tennis open. The main matches were also broadcast live and in VR 360 on new France TV sport app.

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