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SES and Fraunhofer HHI to Bring VR Via Satellite to IBC

Commencing later this week is the annual IBC conference, held in Amsterdam, Netherlands. IBC is one of the biggest events for professionals who create, manage and deliver entertainment and news content worldwide. As part of the conference SES S.A. and Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI) will be demonstrating the future of virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree video by transmitting content via satellite.

The two have been working on a R&D project that will transmit a 10K x 2K panoramic video signal via satellite to multiple devices. Filmed with Fraunhofer HHI’s OmniCam-360 camera and transmitted via SES’s ASTRA 19.2 degrees East orbital position, the demo aims to provide an early glimpse at what future 360-degree video from a sporting event, concert or live-show would look like.

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The signal will be received at the SES stand and transmitted to an Ultra HD display, as well as a set of VR head-mounted displays (HMDs). Attendees will be able to  choose a viewing angle, zoom in and out, or turn the picture on the TV display using a simple remote control, or choose to wear a VR headset, where the video signal is delivered simultaneously.
“We use a combination of technologies here exactly to showcase what is possible when using hybrid approaches,” said Dr. Ralf Schäfer, Fraunhofer HHI’s Head of Division Video. “There is no stadium in the world providing enough seats for all enthusiastic fans. So imagine a live event somewhere in the world – filmed with professional cameras like our OmniCam-360 and then delivered to a huge global audience via satellite. And every single viewer at home has the best seat in the middle of the show.”

Thomas Wrede, Vice President Reception Systems at SES, added: “Satellites are the perfect distribution path for these new kinds of video experiences, as they can manage huge volumes of data being offloaded from terrestrial networks. Furthermore, technology standards like SAT>IP not only allow the viewers at home to pick and choose a device – the TV screen, tablet or virtual reality equipment – but also they can now choose their favourite viewing position.”

The IBC conference will be running from 8th – 12th September, while the IBC exhibition will take place between 9th – 13th September 2016. For all the latest VR news from around the world, Keep reading VRFocus.