Barnfind and Village Island support 4K Live Sporting Event Broadcast


WOWOW (Minato-ku, Tokyo), Japan’s major private satellite broadcasting and pay television station with three full-HD channels, 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 for 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 BTF-1-07 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.


About Barnfind
Barnfind Technologies AS, headquartered in Sandefjord, Norway, manufactures a multi-function, low power consumption signal transportation platform which supports numerous signals in one frame. Common video and telco formats including KVM, SDTI, SMPTE 2022-6, MADI, ASI to IP, 4K 60p workflows, HDMI, DVI etc. are supported. In addition, there is a full 32 x 32 router in the frame with re-clocking on all outputs (BNCs and SFPs), reference input, full redundancy and the capability to have integrated CWDM/DWDM multiplexing. Barnfind has no-cost control software called BarnStudio which can be downloaded from the website. In addition to this there is also the possibility to use many 3rd party control systems such as Skyline/Dataminer, ScheduALL, LSB/VSM, BFE/KCS, DNF, TSL, Ross openGear/DashBoard etc.

About Village Island
Village Island provides a wide range of audiovisual solutions. Our core mission is the distribution of broadcast technology and products from Intellectual Property, OEM hardware, software and SDK platforms to stand-alone equipment and systems for Head-Ends and digital broadcasting.
VILLAGE Island actively conducts business overseas and is a bridge between Japan, South-East Asia, the Americas and Europe. While bringing key technologies from Western countries to our region, we also expand Japanese and other regional technologies to the worldwide market.
VILLAGE Island Tokyo head office was founded in August 2005. VILLAGE Island Asia Singapore office was founded in November 2007.


WOWOW is Japan’s leading premium pay TV broadcaster with over 2.7 million subscribers and the first 24/7, 3 channel, full-HD broadcaster in Japan. As of July 2011, all of the company’s subscribers are now on a digital subscription, which includes access to WOWOW’s groundbreaking Members On Demand service.