Video compression technology from ATEME enabled Fox Sports and LiveLike to deliver ultra-high definition virtual reality coverage of the Super Bowl on Feb. 5. Via Fox Sports’ VR app for iOS and Android devices, users were able to visit a virtual interactive lounge and watch highlights from the game in near-real time, experiencing the action in much the same way as if they were in a VIP lounge at NRG Stadium in Houston.
Six UHD cameras placed in strategic locations during the game captured the immersive video experience. Each camera’s footage was streamed with TITAN, ATEME’s software-based encoder-transcoder. Supporting any codec, any resolution up to UHD, TITAN delivers the highest video quality at minimum bit rates.
“We have worked very closely with ATEME for many years. The scalability and bandwidth efficiency of TITAN Live and TITAN File matches our VR broadcast specificities as well as our customer’s requirements,” says Fabrice Lorenceau, LiveLike founder and head of production. “On top of that, they provide a pristine video quality, which is crucial to get the best user experience.”
“We’re proud to participate in VR development and make VR streaming delivery become a reality,” says Michel Artières, CEO of ATEME. “The challenge here was to lower the bit rate at its maximum to reach the wider possible audience, while maintaining high video quality.”