On 31 July, during the first week of the 2012 London Olympics, the BBC’s Torin Douglas was a member of an audience of 300 that attended one of the first Super Hi-Vision test broadcasts, at Broadcasting House in Central London. That morning’s swimming heats from the Aquatic Centre were also shown in similar Super Hi-Vision (AKA UltraHD) viewing theatres at Pacific Quay in Glasgow, The National Media Museum in Bradford, as well as venues in tokyo, Fukushima and Washington DC.
Torin spoke to a couple of fellow audience members, who both agreed it had been worth attending. One Londoner thought “the sound was fantastic and the picture was amazing, so clear”. Another said the experience was “Amazing. You really do feel like you’re in the stadium. In the atmosphere”. A French man who had been in the aquatic centre on the Saturday said it compared very well; “You seem to be there”.
If you’ve attended one of the screenings, please tell us about it. If you’re not lucky enough to have a ticket – and I’m still waiting for mine to come through (it’s difficult, typing with crossed fingers) – but you’re at IBC in September, there will be plenty of opportunities there to see, and hear, what those audience members experienced.