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Claiming to have pushed the boundaries of immersive consumer experience of live sport, Deutsche Telekom and MediaKind have streamed the world’s first multi-channel 6K 360-degree live sports event.

vr visua 11Dec2018lThe multi-camera 360-degree live streaming showed the match between Telekom Baskets Bonn and EWE Baskets Oldenburg from the Telekom Dome in Bonn, Germany, on 9 December 2018. The live streams were delivered to customers of Deustche Telekom’s commercial Magenta virtual reality service via a consumer app.

MediaKind led the technical project management, working alongside Deutsche Telekom, Magnum Film, Tiledmedia, INVR.SPACE and Iconic Engine to create and manage the entire live end-to-end system.

Magnum Film acted as a general contractor, responsible for the production on site and for managing the other partners together with Deutsche Telekom. INVR.SPACE was responsible for recording the 360-degree streams in 6K resolution. MediaKind transferred the streams to the cloud and processed, encoded and distributed them via a CDN for Magenta VR users. Tiledmedia’s tile-based streaming technology was integrated in the MediaKind platform as well as the Magenta VR app, allowing streaming in high quality via regular internet connections and even over 4G. Iconic Engine implemented support for the tile-based live stream in the Magenta VR app for an immersive and interactive experience. Deutsche Telekom commissioned Magnum Film for the on-site acquisition and production of the sports event in 360-degree video.

The 360-degree live encoder was built using MediaKind’s virtualised software encoding technology and deployed in Google Cloud Platform. The DevOps approach to deployment and operation used MediaKind’s software-based probes to monitor data traffic flow and cloud processing operation, create customisable and detailed operational dashboards using common cloud visualisation tools, and orchestration to deploy, scale, and tear-down the entire public-cloud based 360-degree live encoder workflow as needed.

MediaKind said the demonstration marked the latest milestone in an 18-month collaboration between it and Tiledmedia to illustrate how 360-degree viewport adaptive ClearVR video can augment the traditional live broadcast consumer experience and bring fans closer to the action.

“Consumers are always seeking new ways to experience their favourite sports content,” explained CEO Angel Ruiz. “Through the rapid evolution of 360-degree technology, we have the potential to push boundaries and take the consumer to the heart of the game itself. The success of this world first live sport event using 6K 360-degree video with ClearVR tiled format is a major milestone for our team of engineers and our partners who turned this around in a short space of time.”