PARIS — Viaccess-Orca, a global leader in the protection and enhancement of content services, and the French TV channel TF1 announced today the broadcast of the world's first live stream of a football match in 360 degrees and Ultra HD (HEVC-encoded), showcasing a premium television experience with virtual reality (VR) technologies for a test audience. On March 29, this private audience enjoyed a football match between France and Russia in real-time, from three remote locations, using VR headsets. A recording of the live broadcast will be shown for the first time as part of Viaccess-Orca's "Virtual Arena" demo at the 2016 NAB Show, April 18-21 in Las Vegas.
"Viaccess-Orca and TF1 are ushering in a new era for sports entertainment. At the event, our audience experienced an actual stadium ambiance, feeling immersed in the game. This was made possible by our best-of-breed, end-to-end solution for streaming of 360-degree video," 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-degree 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."
The unique experience was powered by an end-to-end ecosystem of technology partners, managed by Viaccess-Orca, and includes leading video compression and delivery company, Harmonic; over-the-top streaming specialist, Keepixo; 360-degree stitching and image processing specialist, VideoStitch; expert in production process for live programmes, AmpVisual TV; and specialist in filming and post-production of 360-degree videos, Digital Immersion.
The VR ecosystem offered by Viaccess-Orca and its partners is pre-integrated, which allows content owners and broadcasters, such as TF1, to quickly deploy a fully immersive television experience.
Olivier Abecassis, Chief Digital Officer at TF1 Group said, "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 degrees in Ultra HD with our partner Viaccess-Orca."
The "Virtual Arena" demonstration will be available for the first time for the 2016 NAB Show attendees at the Harmonic booth, SU1210, April 18-21, 2016. To set up a meeting to view this unique demo, please visit http://marketing.viaccess-orca.com/what-s-new/events/nab-show-2016.
The demo will also be presented at TV Connect 2016, stand 87.
For more information on Viaccess-Orca and the company's products, visit http://www.viaccess-orca.com.
About the TF1 group
TF1 is an integrated media group with a mission to inform and entertain. As well as broadcasting TF1, France's most popular freeview television channel, the TF1 group offers a range of content and services to suit all media and devices. TF1 is France's leading private-sector broadcasting group, with five freeview channels (TF1, LCI, TMC, NT1, and HD1) and an innovative digital offering via MYTF1. The Group also broadcasts targeted special-interest channels (TV Breizh, Histoire, Ushuaïa, and Serieclub) on pay-TV. Additionally, the TF1 group has interests in the production and distribution of content relating to its in-house channels. Through the acquisition of a majority interest in Newen Studios, the Group is aiming to accelerate international expansion of its production and distribution. Finally, the Group has built a broad range of complementary businesses in areas such as home shopping, licensing, board and card games, production, and live shows.
As a leading global provider of content protection, delivery, and discovery solutions, Viaccess-Orca is shaping the ultimate content experience. Through its integrated range of business-savvy products and solutions, Viaccess-Orca helps service providers in the cable, DTT, satellite, IPTV, and OTT industries gain a competitive edge in today's rapidly evolving multiscreen environment. By enabling service providers to securely deliver an engaging user experience on any device, Viaccess-Orca is reinventing the entertainment landscape. Viaccess-Orca is part of the Orange Group. For more information, visit http://www.viaccess-orca.com or follow the company on Twitter @ViaccessOrca and Linkedin.