As we’ve seen with the global events of the last eight months, a world without video would be dreadful. Imagine this situation without global connectivity, or the sharing of information. 100 years ago, Spanish Flu devastated the world, and one explanation for that outcome was a lack of information. We have come a long way since then, and the media and entertainment world has played a vital role in dealing with the current pandemic.
FIND OUT HOW MILLIONS OF FANS AROUND THE WORLD GET TO SEE THE RACE UNFOLD
ORIOL PUIGDEMONT – A FAN’S PERSPECTIVE
Oriol Puigdemont has been a motorsports journalist since 2004, covering different race categories such as MotoGP, Formula 1 and Dakar Rally. Not many people get to go ‘behind the scenes’ at a MotoGP event with one of the world’s largest telecommunications specialists, Tata Communications.
As a fan of the sport, and someone who makes a point of trying to keep up with technology, I thought I might have an idea of what was required to set up a live control centre and broadcast the action around the world. But, you can honestly only begin to appreciate the size and scale of the logistics needed, by seeing something like this first-hand. And I was fortunate enough to have that exclusive access at the Italian Grand Prix. I visited the Tata Communications control centre at the Mugello Circuit in Tuscany, Italy, just hours before the race was due to start.
My remit was to find out how millions of fans around the world got to see the race unfold. This is a story about what goes on behind the scenes; the vast, almost mind-blowing technology that works in the background to make it happen.
Research reveals that there were around 2.4 billion Internet users in 2014. By June 2019, that number doubled to 4.4 billion. That’s an 83% increase in the Internet user base in a span of just five years.
YouTube recently announced support for HDR content. The Cobalt 9992-ENC is capable of transmitting live HDR content to YouTube, both in HD and 4K resolutions. While HDR is available for both H.264 (AVC) and H.265 (HEVC), YouTube elected to support it only for HEVC.
SBS (Seoul Broadcasting System), a leading national South Korean television and radio network, turned to LiveU’s integrated 5G technology for its live election day coverage in South Korea last week, utilizing the advantages of KT’s (Korea Telecom’s) premium live broadcasting solution with its 5G network. SBS chose LiveU for its field-proven video transmission quality and reliability, provided by its core HEVC hardware encoding.
France Télévisions once again chooses the French Open to test the innovations of the television of the future. During this fall edition, France Televisions, in partnership with the French Tennis Federation, shares its vision of tomorrow’s uses materialized by spectacular and unprecedented experiments around “Augmented Tennis” within the RGLAB on the site of the international tournament from September 27 to October 11, 2020.
In the last decade alone, live video experience has made huge strides with the introduction of ultra-high definition (UHD) TV in 2012 and its subsequent progress to 8K. Apart from the proliferation of camera technology, advancements in digital video imaging have had a major role to play in the evolution of video capture resolutions. With UHD content fast becoming a mainstay among consumers, broadcasters and production houses are looking to enhance other critical aspects of the live video streaming experience such as greater dynamic ranges, broader color gamut, and faster picture capture rates.
Research reveals that there were around 2.4 billion Internet users in 2014. By June 2019, that number doubled to 4.4 billion. That’s an 83% increase in the Internet user base in a span of just five years. For the media and telecommunications sector, this raises an all-important question: How far can current underlying networks scale to accommodate the growing traffic on the Internet?
While the good news is that no one single network will need to support this burgeoning traffic, there remains some scepticism around existing networks and their ability to keep pace with the bandwidth demands of next-generation connected devices.
In this clip HPA NET Critical Conversations co-host, Kari Grubin, sat down with IABM CEO, Peter White, to discuss how IABM is helping position their member companies to succeed during these challenging times.
Video compression is widely regarded as an incredibly fast-moving topic. Rapid technological developments and unforeseen innovations can vastly alter the future of compression for OTT and streaming service providers, as well as hardware manufacturers. It’s a never-ending race to the top, where the prize is efficiency, quality and accessibility.