Pay-TV platform nc+ has launched Poland’s first 4K TV sports service using a range of 4K signal processing and production tools from broadcast infrastructure specialist Axon Digital Design.
The new infrastructure, designed and built by the nc+ technology team and supported by systems integrator BCP Ltd, manages the ingest of four satellite feeds and employs four of Axon’s Synapse U4T240 Ultra HD 4-wire production toolboxes with LUT based colour space and high dynamic range (HDR) conversion.
These tool boxes (two main and two backup) ease the challenges of a 4-wire production setup by carrying Vanc and Hanc data such as time-code and embedded audio and, critically for nc+, provide encoding and decoding of Dolby E. The workflow also features Axon’s Cerebrum monitoring and control platform, which integrates with and controls 3rd party technology through a customisable graphical user interface.
“Axon’s Synapse 4K tools enable nc+ to intelligently manage embedding and line routing,” said Jarosław Janowski, nc+ technology team leader. “Their processing and control solutions offer reliability and easy integration, which has really helped simplify the workflow.”
In addition to live sports including Premiership football, nc+ subscribers are now able to watch on-demand films and internet-delivered services in 4K, exclusively on 4K UltraBOX+ STBs.
“As a broadcaster, we have always been at the forefront of delivering the best viewer experience to Polish audiences and we are showing our commitment to the 4K standard,” added Olgierd Dorn, nc+ technical director. “In 2006 we introduced HD services into the Polish market and are now the first to offer subscribers live sports coverage and much more in Ultra HD. Axon’s technology will enable us to future-proof our investment and deliver our vision.”
The service kicked off with the live broadcast of the UEFA Champions League football match between Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur.