On the MediaKind stand, to be precise most of Hall 4, a demonstration of Cygnus 360 shows how Deutsche Telekom is using the latest codecs to give subscribers a 360 degree experience of basketball matches, music events and soon football.
“Codecs are still going to drive us forward and there going faster EVC,” says Olie Baumann, MediaKind’s Head of Innovation”.
Once the game is captured live its immediately offered on VOD.
The service is live in Germany on an app that’s part of the Magenta service.
Telekom runs two streams that have been increased from 4K and 6K and offering two perspectives of the basketball court.
MediaKind is running a demo from a model car racetrack, a small camera sat in the centre capturing the cars, and relaying via the cloud into the demo area.
There’s also the need for operators to save on bandwidth as they find their capacity being sold on to 5G operators.
Here a Mediakind demo shows an AVP 4000 encoded stream offering six services; the latest Encoding Live system has 9 services and a picture quality that indicates there is room to spare.
What’s happening is that the knowhow is moving from the hardware and into the software, and that’s where the improvements are being found.
It’s a similar story for live streaming as MediaKind’s Direct Path technology reduces latency to around 6 seconds behind real time.
Out in the field there is still a delay of between 20 and 40 seconds. Enough time for your neighbour to cheer before you’ve seen the penalty kick.