SmartHouse - - 4K // NRL - Writ­ten by STEPHEN FENECH

NRL and AFL fans may be treated to see­ing their first matches in 4K res­o­lu­tion when the 2019 sea­son kicks off in a few short months.

Fox Sports al­ready pro­vides world­class cov­er­age of each of these pop­u­lar Aus­tralian win­ter codes and it in­tends to take it to the next level when matches are beamed via satel­lite into cus­tomers’ homes in 4K ul­tra HD clar­ity.

Fox­tel will be tak­ing its ex­pe­ri­ences and learn­ings from cov­er­ing the Bathurst 1000 and the Aus­tralian sum­mer of cricket and ap­ply­ing that to se­lected NRL and AFL matches next sea­son.

NRL and AFL cov­er­age in­cludes mul­ti­ple cam­era place­ments around the sta­dium and now, with 4K, that work­flow will change com­pletely.

“Our in­ter­nal work­flow has changed as well adding a 4K UHD layer of stor­age and edit to our HD fa­cil­ity plant which now in­cludes 16 chan­nels of au­dio (up from 8) as we are

pro­vid­ing sur­round sound on all our UHD broad­casts as well,” says Todd Proc­ter, Head of In­no­va­tions and OB Spe­cial Events, Fox Sports.

Fox Sports will use the same Fu­ji­non 4K UA80 lenses used on Sony HDC4800 cam­eras which pro­vided the 4K cov­er­age at the Bathurst 1000.

“As you would ex­pect every sport­ing code has dif­fer­ent cam­eras, lens re­quire­ments and place­ments which are in­de­pen­dent from whether cov­er­age is in 4K UHD or in High Def­i­ni­tion,” Proc­ter said.

“We de­cide on cam­era num­bers and place­ments de­pend­ing on the scale and how our pro­duc­tion teams would like to tell the stories in the events.

“NEP Aus­tralia has been a great part­ner to de­liver our 4K UHD fa­cil­i­ties and an­other Fox Sports first - native 4K re­plays.”

In the NRL, the broad­caster’s cam­eras are used to sup­ply the feeds for the Bunker.

Now in 4K, the streams will be a lot clearer and al­low for more pre­ci­sion when look­ing to make a call on a con­tentious de­ci­sion.

As part of the Fox Sports prepa­ra­tion for the 4K cricket cov­er­age, it con­ducted 4K UHD tests at var­i­ous NRL and AFL matches.

So what can we ex­pect to see in the 2019 NRL and AFL cov­er­age?

“I’m sure there will be con­ver­sa­tions with our other sport­ing part­ners on 4K cov­er­age and I sus­pect a strong cus­tomer take up will drive this de­ci­sion.”

In the NRL, FOX SPORTS is the host broad­caster of sev­eral matches and co­broad­caster with Chan­nel 9 on oth­ers.

NRL fans should get ex­cited, be­cause FOX SPORTS in­tends to show se­lected host broad­cast matches in 4K.


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