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PHABRIX, BT Sport complete HDR trials

PHABRIX provided Qx rasterisers for over 20 live trials

PHABRIX has concluded nine months of successful HDR technology trials with BT Sport, having provided Qx rasterisers for the launch of BT Sport Ultimate, a new HDR, UHD and Dolby Atmos supported proposition.

PHABRIX HDR-enabled Qx rasterisers were used in over 20 live HDR trials, including at the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final in Madrid, the European Rugby Heineken and Challenge Cup finals in Newcastle, and the FA Cup Final.

Designed for HD/3G/6G/12G-SDI and IP ST 2110/2022-7/2022-6 environments, the Qx range includes tools for rapid fault diagnosis, compliance monitoring and product development.

Andy Beale, chief engineer at BT Sport, said: “HDR is an extremely important development for live sports broadcasting and in line with our innovation ethos brings our audience closer to the heart of sport than ever before: the ultimate viewing experience. PHABRIX’s Qx rasteriser presents all the necessary HDR information we require in a clear, consistent display.”

Prinyar Boon, product manager at PHABRIX, added: “Working closely with BT Sport over the past nine months has been thoroughly rewarding for the PHABRIX team, enabling us to learn more about the complex workflow and technical sensitivities of broadcasting a live HDR sports production.

“Qx’s HDR engineering-grade analysis toolset, including dataview, heatmaps and test pattern generator (mapped and ITU-R patterns) were fantastic assets for comparative monitor set-up and the evaluation of HDR to SDR converters. We look forward to continuing our partnership with BT Sport, helping them to bring the ultimate HDR experience to a wider base.”