The project team, comprising of ten broadcasting companies led by the BBC, together with Al Jazeera Media Network, BT Sport, EBU, ITV, Olympic Broadcasting Service, SVT, TV2, ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) and Yle, will explain and discuss the bespoke workflows and architectures of the proof of concept on a live panel, as part of the inaugural IBC Showcase. This will be followed by a demonstration of a live, multi-camera, multi-location production from Amsterdam. Project technology will be powered by six leading media and technology ecosystem vendor participants; AVIWEST, LiveU, Sony, Huawei, Mobile Viewpoint and NewTek. The project team has also had the benefit of additional support and technology expertise from the University of Strathclyde.
In several ‘media-firsts’ sessions for broadcasters, the team will explain the technology workflows behind OB use cases. The connectivity of these sessions will be provided via Vodafone’s public mobile network in Amsterdam. A wide range of state-of-the-art cameras, device gateways, cloud production tools, software defined live production systems and live streaming hub technologies will be connected via the network. An additional, a 5G live link into the transmission from London will contributed via 5G devices on the EE mobile network in the UK.
Separately, the project team has been exploring architectures based on the use of non-public or private 5G networks to enable additional bandwidth for other specific connected-camera and production use cases. The experimental production will also utilise remote controlled, AI enabled cameras, a 5G enabled video transmission from a drone and remote 5G controlled lighting, among other innovative vendor solutions.
The IBC Showcase live transmission on September 10, will include a panel discussion of the use cases, technology and workflows from London. Links will include a live 5G-enabled entertainment shoot controlled by AI cameras from a boat on an iconic canal in Amsterdam. Links between the boat and shore will include a view of technologies and equipment configurations behind the scenes, plus a live link to a discussion at the RAI convention centre, where the IBC Show would have taken place this week. The production will fully adhere to Dutch Government and Broadcast Industry Covid-19 business and production guidelines, with production teams widely distributed, and minimum staff on location in Amsterdam.
Entertainment on the boat will also culminate in MTV’s first-ever live 5G enabled remote production, produced by VCNI and Viacom Digital Studios International (VDSI). The live “MTV Push” special with MTV EMA Award-winning artist Emma Heester, with presenter, located on shore, will use the latest technology to create and broadcast content direct to fans.