Tennis body ATP Media, the broadcast arm of the ATP World Tour has revealed that it has successfully produced and distributed a 1080p50 HDR test feed at the recent Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan last week.
Carried out in partnership with Gearhouse Broadcast, the test covered the live and non-live workflows on site, marking the first time HDR content has been natively incorporated into replays and edit workflows on a live sports outside broadcast.
The test follows an initial 1080p50 HDR production trial during the Nitto ATP Finals in 2017, which trialled 4K and 1080p50 HDR side-by-side in a live tennis environment.
According to ATP, the results suggested that it was 1080p50 HDR rather than 4K HDR that would most efficiently deliver the clear benefits of HDR to its broadcasters and viewers.
ATP Media’s director of Broadcast Technology Shane Warden said that the latest test was an important step in staying ahead of the curve when it comes to maintaining and advancing industry standards.
“To produce and deliver 1080p50 HDR feeds for an entire tournament over four days is a significant step not only for tennis broadcasting, but broadcasting as a whole.
“We now look forward to engaging with our external partners and stakeholders as we gather feedback from the test and plot our next steps,” he added.