Field Report: Barnfind and Village Island support 4K Live Sports Event Broadcast

Two 4K sports events were recently broadcast by satellite in Japan with support from Barnfind.

Barnfind Technologies AS assisted WOWOW (Minato-ku, Tokyo), Japan’s major private satellite broadcasting and pay television station with three full-HD channels, to recently broadcast two 4K programs – a tennis match in the Ariake Colosseum (Koto-ku, Tokyo) and a boxing world title match in the Yokohama International Water Arena (Yokohama Tsuzuki-ku) – live on the air from an event they hosted called “TOUCH! WOWOW 2014”.

Both programs were transmitted from WOWOW’s studio to Belle Salle Akihabara Event Hall in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo to provide 4K public viewing using an ultra high-definition large-scale 355-inch LED display.

The Barnfind BarnOne BTF1-07 WDM system was used for 4K live transmission between WOWOW’s studio and the Belle Salle Akihabara Event Hall in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. Barnfind’s BTF1-07 can transmit eight 3G-SDI signal over WDM without loss of synchronization, allowing easy transport of 4K or even 8K uncompressed signals.

WOWOW used a single 1RU BTF-1-07 on each site for simultaneous transmission and reception of a 4x3G-SDI signal. “It was very nice for the operators to monitor the transmitted 4K signal by the return path in a 1 RU unit,” said Michael van Dorpe, CEO of Village Island, Barnfind’s local partner in Japan.

ITOCHU CABLE SYSTEMS CORP. (business partner of Village Island in Japan) played a coordinating role and offered the Barnfind’s BarnOne to WOWOW.

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