4K storage, transfer and recording a hot topic at the annual media show

Intel Thunderbolt Networking and 4K streaming shown off at NAB 2014

The National Association of Broadcasters Show 2014 is in full swing, and PCR has rounded up the biggest tech announcements from the event.

The media show sees over 1,550 exhibitors and more than 93,000 attendees, including many technology firms.

Among those exhibiting new products was Intel, which revealed an update to its Thunderbolt 2 connectivity standard.

‘Thunderbolt Networking’ allows users to connect two computers with a Thunderbolt cable, and then transfer data between the two machines at up to 10Gbps – a speed suitable for the movement of large files, such as 4K-format videos.

While Thunderbolt Networking has previously been available on Mac, the update will add support for Windows PCs, as well as connectivity between a Mac and a Windows PC.

Storage specialist LaCie introduced some new storage solutions built with Intel’s Thunderbolt 2 standard in mind.

The LaCie 8big Rack, 5big and 2big all feature support for the fast connectivity, and additionally support Seagate’s 6TB hard drives.

LaCie stated that the racks were designed with 4K content storage in mind.

4K was a primary focus for many other companies at the event, including Cisco and Sony, which became the first companies to publicly demonstrate the live delivery of full-frame rate 4K content.

The demonstration saw a live stream of 4K video from New York City to Las Vegas, where NAB 2014 is held.

"This is an exciting time in our industry as advanced 4K content experiences reach a tipping point for distribution across multiple devices,” said Joe Cozzolino, SVP and GM, service provider video infrastructure for Cisco.

“We are ushering in the next era in content experiences with partners like Sony, and demonstrating that today’s cable networks are fully capable and ready to deliver full-frame rate 4K content."

Mike Fasulo, president and COO for Sony Electronics, added: "This is another 4K first, and Sony is committed to investing in 4K as an industry to bring exciting and immersive live TV experiences to consumers, from lens to living room.

“Collaborating with Cisco in this industry first demo of live 4K distribution over a cable backbone proves that 4K is ready for primary TV consumption."

Sony also announced the A7, a 4K camera with features including an ultra-high sensitivity of up to ISO 409,600, high color fidelity, 4K HDMI video output, and 720p recording at 120 frames per second.

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