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Protection and enhancement of content services provider Viaccess-Orca and French TV channel TF1 have broadcast what they are calling the world's first live stream of a football match in 360° and Ultra HD.

On 29 March, a private audience enjoyed a football match between France and Russia in real-time, from three remote locations, delivering a HEVC-encoded Ultra HD stream to virtual reality (VR) headsets.

The VR experience was powered by Viaccess-Orca's Virtual Arena technology based on its Connected Sentinel Player solution. The company also managed an end-to-end ecosystem of technology partners, managed by Viaccess-Orca, and including compression and delivery company, Harmonic, over-the-top (OTT) streaming specialist, Keepixo, 360° stitching and image processing specialist, VideoStitch, expert in production process for live programmes, AmpVisual TV, and specialist in filming and post-production of 360° videos, Digital Immersion.

“At the event, our audience experienced an actual stadium ambiance, feeling immersed in the game,” said Alain Nochimowski, executive vice president of Innovation at Viaccess-Orca. “Pre-integrated with an ecosystem of technology partners and compatible with existing industry standards, Viaccess-Orca's Virtual Arena offers a premium 360° television experience for the emerging VR environment. We are thrilled that, together with TF1 and our technology partners, we are shaping the future of television and paving the way to the ultimate immersion quality and viewer engagement experience.”

Added Olivier Abecassis, chief digital officer at TF1 Group: “At TF1, we work every day to prepare the future of TV and develop new immersive experiences for our audience. This is the reason why we are very happy to be the first TV channel to experiment with the live stream of a football match in 360° in Ultra HD with our partner Viaccess-Orca.”