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NEWS MOVE & DELIVER ANALYSIS Barely an hour goes by at the moment without someone mentioning virtual reality or 360-degree experiences. It is definitely the ‘new black.’ Let’s hope it’s not the new stereo 3D. Judging by what we’ve seen at NAB, and with the enthusiasm that the consumer market seems to have for VR, that seems unlikely. One example that backs up that positivity is a trial that was put on recently by Sky Italia. The satellite operator used a set-up that combined technology from Harmonic, Viaccess-Orca and Videostich to capture action from a basketball game. Harmonic provided video delivery infrastructure components, including the ProMedia Xpress WFS multiscreen transcoder and packager for Ultra HD transcoding in MP4 and MPEG- DASH formats, as well as the ProMedia X Origin media server. VideoStitch’s Vahana VR live 360-degree video stitching software was used to digitally sew the pictures together. And Viaccess- Orca managed the entire VR ecosystem and provided its “Virtual Arena” platform, which includes the Connected Sentinel Player for secure playback and cloud-based Voyage - TvaaS (TV Everywhere as a Service) for interactivity and analytics. It was only a trial but there is talk of this being rolled out to the home very soon. Massimo Bertolotti, head of innovation and engineering at Sky Italia, said: “Creating fan engagement around major sports events represents a huge potential for us. We’re experimenting with the end-to-end VR technology to capitalise on brand recognition and satisfy increasing viewer demand for more immersive content.” Earlier this year BT Sport also did a VR trial during a Basketball game. And Sky in the UK has inaugurated Sky VR Studio, a dedicated in-house VR production unit. The broadcasters clearly think there is something in it so who are we to argue? DELIVERY STANDARDS The North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) and the Digital Production Partnership (DPP) have unveiled the stipulations for how file-based programmes should be delivered to broadcasters in the US. Through joint NABA and DPP meetings, nine of the major North American broadcasters have agreed on a common file format, structure and wrapper for finished air-ready programmes that is based on the AS-11 UK DPP specification implemented in the UK in 2014. Although there is now an agreement in place, the announcement will not lead directly to a move to a common delivery format however. Instead, the transition is likely begin over the next 12 months “on a selective basis.” IP VIDEO Dejero has improved its LIVE+ Control management system with the addition of monitoring and reporting capabilities that display real-time analytics of network connection performance and overall transmission quality for each Dejero transmitter. The update, which is linked to the release of version 4.0 of LIVE+ Core software, was unveiled at NAB. “LIVE+ Control is a powerful operational tool to centrally and remotely manage a broadcasters contribution assets,” said Brian Cram, chief executive at Dejero. “With the latest update, we’ve added to the management, monitoring, and routing capabilities to provide users with even greater insights into the usage and performance of their field transmitters.” Searching? broadcast cameraman With full details of hundreds of GTC accredited Camera Operators, Lighting Cameramen, DoPs and specialist cameramen, why go anywhere else? 28 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 113 MAY 2016 Search