4K TV is slowly gaining momentum and another step towards 4K pushing HD content down into the position that SD content lives in. BBC Research and Development is as part of its ongoing experiments with IP broadcasting and Ultra-High Definition (UHD) content is to showcase various parts of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in UHD into the Glasgow Science Centre's Clyde Suite where the public can view it between 10am and 5pm during the Games.
This is not just a test of encoding 4K content and pushing it to a 4K TV, the UHD broadcast is to be the first major live event that is produced and distributed over an IP network.
"We may well look back at this trial as a watershed moment in the history of broadcasting. By proving for the first time that complex events can be created and delivered completely over IP technology, we’re opening up a world of possibilities to programme makers and the wider industry. Not only could BBC R&D’s vision for a new broadcasting system help producers create programmes more efficiently and cost-effectively, but it allows them to take advantage of data like never before, offering new editorial options and ways of improving the experience for audiences."Matthew Postgate, Controller, BBC R&D
Hopefully it will not be long now before true public access to Ultra-HD will start to appear even if just in a limited trial format, though the BBC in conjunction with Arqiva is running Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) trials as it explores a future built around a hybrid DTT/IP model for getting content into peoples homes. As things stand at this time those buying a 4K TV set have very little content available that exploits the hardware to its full extent.