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Red Bee delivers World Cup in UHD and HDR for Dutch viewers

Company is also testing the feed on its own OTT platform for live transcoding

Red Bee Media is delivering the FIFA World Cup in UHD and HDR for Dutch national broadcasters NPO and NPS.

In addition, Red Bee is distributing UHD specific channel NPO 1 UHD through multiple distribution networks via satellite, fibre, cable and IPTV.

As part of the company’s research and development, the signal is also being sent via the Red Bee Media OTT platform for live transcoding during the tournament.

The UHD signal from Russia is received in the Red Bee Media facility in Hilversum, Netherlands, where it is being decoded and distributed to the viewers of NPO 1 UHD. It is generating a full UHD TX signal by integrating an upconverted NPO 1 HD TX line into UHD, adding the native UHD match feed in sync with the NOS sports production studio and the live Dutch commentary from NOS.

Red Bee Media is supporting UHD according to the DVB UHD-1 Phase 2 4K specification, High Dynamic Range (HDR) using Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) and wide colour gamut according to BT2020.

“We are at the beginning of the UHD and HDR revolution and it is an exciting opportunity to be able to work with the latest technology in relation to one of the biggest live television events in the world,” said Josbert van Rooijen, MD at Red Bee Media Netherlands. 

“By enriching the native UHD footage with live Dutch commentary and upconverted HD content, we are ensuring a seamless viewer experience and a world class sports broadcast for Dutch viewers. This is made possible with our state of the art facilities and a great collaboration with NPO and NOS.”