A new 4K IP truck for China

Sony HDC
Neal Romanek
November 23rd 2016 at 1:04PM : By Neal Romanek

The truck will have eight 4K cameras and can be upgraded to 16 cameras in the future

Chinese content services platform 4K Garden has commissioned Sony China Professional Solutions Group (CPSG) to build an IP 4K OB truck.

4K Garden claims the truck will be the most advanced of its kind in China. The truck will include eight 4K cameras, and Sony's core 4K/HDR/IP production equipment and solutions, the truck can also be upgraded to utilise up to 16 cameras in the future. Sony gear specs include:

  • HDC-4300, 4K/HD system camera
  • XVS-7000,  Multi-format production switcher
  • PWS-4400, 4K/HD multi-port AV storage unit
  • Live System Manager Software

Next year, 4K Garden plans to increase its production of live content in 4K in the next year, with a plan to broadcast up to 50 live performances. 4K Garden believes it might require up to eight IP-4K outside broadcast trucks to produce premium content.
CPSG's Moriharu Ide said he believes that “the combination of Sony's strength in core 4K/HDR and IP technology, along with 4K Garden's determination to create high-quality 4K content, will ensure that the cooperation between the two is a fruitful one. Sony is happy to support 4K Garden's efforts in promoting its 4K business in China, as well as to work with China's OTT companies to expedite the growth of the 4K industry in the country."
“This announcement is another example that IP Live is reality,” said Norbert Parquet, Strategic Marketing Manager, Live Production, Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “Our robust solutions are being used in China, Europe and throughout the globe to enable broadcasters to embrace the transformational benefits of IP Live today.”

4K Garden is a content services platform of Alibaba group in China. The agreement with Sony was signed at a ceremony on 24th August at the Beijing International Radio, TV & Film Exhibition 2016 (BIRTV 2016), held this year at the China International Exhibition Center in Beijing.