Gearing up for IBC in two months!
Our joint paper with Akamai on optimization of VR delivery will be presented by Tiledmedia’s CTO Ray van Brandenburg in the session called “Solving OTT’s Achilles’ Heel – Scale“, on Friday 15 September at 15:30 in the Emerald Room. This session will focus on delivering immersive media over the top. Rob Koenen will chair the VR and AR – the Production, the Potential and the Pitfalls Paper Session.
Tiledmedia will also be present on quite a number of partner booths with very exciting VR streaming demos – announcements to follow, but we can already note that we will show solutions for immersive media on flat displays and in headsets, and tiled video integrated with immersive audio.
Speaking at The Future of Broadcasting conference on 28 June, Andrew Gower, head of the interactive media research group at BT, spoke about providing significantly higher quality for BT’s experimental VR broadcasts. Digital TV Europe reported:
“[…] another solution is to stream only the part of the field of vision that viewers are focusing on at any one time. Gower said that, in VR, people are typically only looking at a part of the screen. BT has worked with Huawei and Tiledmedia to capture very high resolution video, initially in 8K, to extract out the specific viewpoint of an individual, which is delivered to the viewer instead of transmitting the whole 360° field. ” (full article here)
(This is what we showed at BT Innovation 2017 – see previous post – with Tilemedia’s tiling technology integrated into Viaccess-Orca‘s Virtual Stadium App for the Gear VR.)
Just a quick link – The strongest impact of a Tiled VR demo is on those that have actually tried to stream VR themselves, and know how hard it is to do well. Here’s a response to our demo at BT Innovation 2017: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6281384906060767232. (The other system referenced in the post is an edge transcoding system from Huawei)
The French Open is a major tennis event, but also an opportunity for new technologies to shine. Many new Ultra HD technologies were demonstrated there before introduction to the market, and this year, France Télévisions is showing a number of VR demonstrations.
Bernard Fontaine, Directeur Innovation Technologiques, Direction du Numérique de France Télévisions, wrote a blog entitled “Roland-Garros, terrain de jeu privilégié des technos numériques” (“Roland Garros, a privileged playground for digital technologies”). VR is discussed under item 5; for those who don’t speak French natively: The France Télévision innovation teams are already thinking of 2018 and beyond, and are testing the newest VR 360 technologies from American company Harmonic, partnering with the Dutch company Tiledmedia. Their technology encodes the video in “tiles”, which significantly enhances the quality of VR 360 streaming. Visitors are able to watch, on an Oculus Rift, rallies filmed at the French Open by Digital Immersion.
Indeed we hope to move this beyond a technology demo for 2018!
The 6th FOKUS Media Web Symposium (Berlin, May 16-17, 2017) offers the latest insights in internet delivered media such as 360°/VR Streaming, multiscreen interaction, media sync, SmartTV/HbbTV, protected adaptive streaming, related standardization and market developments. It is a platform for international technology experts where the latest developments of web technologies and trends in the creative industry will be presented and discussed. Ray van Brandenburg, Tiledmedia’s CTO, will talk about the challenges of streaming VR with extremely low latency and the solutions being developed today for an audience of experts in the industry, reinforcing Tiledmedia’s role as thought leader in VR Streaming.
Rob Koenen, Tiledmedia CBDO, will give the same audience an update on the VR Industry Forum. Acting on behalf of VRIF member TNO, Rob is the Forum’s President.
Together with partners Viaccess-Orca, Harmonic and Digital Immersion, we showed our low latency tiled VR streaming technology with ambisonic audio and great Blue Man Group content at NAB2017. We used a simulated CDN at first, but later switched over to streaming straight off Akamai’s CDN. Streaming of 8k VR content over a commercial CDN to a consumer device (the Samsung Gear VR) – it worked flawlessly.
This was a true world-first, no one else showed real streaming of 8k VR content. All VR experts that saw the demo were highly impressed.
We presented our joint paper with Harmonic on the principles and benefits of tiled VR streaming during the NAB conference.
You can download the presentation here: Streaming UHD-Quality VR at Realistic Bitrates: Mission Impossible? We created a White Paper that is based on the submission to NAB, which can be downloaded here.
Getting quality content onto an ever growing number of screens via the internet is a constant challenge for broadcasters. The BroadThinking event organised by the EBU in Geneva on May 3 and 4 discussed topics as 5G, CDNs, streaming technology, interactivity and more.
Tiledmedia’s CTO Ray van Brandenburg explained the different challenges of VR360 video streaming and the current solutions. You can find his presentation here.
At a very successful NAB Show, we showed 8k VR content streaming off Akamai’s CDN at 14 Mbit/s. Everyone liked the demo, but especially those that are in the business of distributing VR content were highly impressed. “This is awesome” and “I’m blown away with your quality – I need a demo in my lab!” were just two quotes from major content providers.
The Blue Man Group stopped by, turning the Harmonic Booth into a chaos and playing with the demo. See the pictures!
We’re honored and proud to be part of this groundbreaking demo at NAB, which is enabled by our tiled streaming technology:
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to see it!
Tiledmedia was selected as one of ten start-ups (from a total of 74 applicants) to pitch at the VR World Congress in Bristol for a group of interested VR investors during the investor showcase on the 12th of April. Frits will be there from Tuesday night till Thursday midday and will bring a GearVR prototype to demo. If you’d like to meet – drop us a line (email@example.com) and be in Bristol at #VRWC2017!
Tiledmedia will showcase its technology at NAB2017 in Las Vegas, from 24 through 27 April. We’ll show our technology at the Harmonic booth, South Hall, Upper Level, Booth 1210.
Send an email to hi at tiledmedia dot com if you are interested in a demonstration!
We’ll also have a joint paper “Streaming UHD-Quality VR at Realistic Bitrates: Mission Impossible?” with Harmonic in the conference. The talk is on Monday 24 April at noon, in room N260 (North Hall); more details are here.
On March 24, we moved into our new office in the historic “Industriegebouw” in Rotterdam. Our move signals the start of a new phase for tiledmedia. Our focus for April is going to be on preparing for NAB, and on getting the many parties that want to evaluate our technology up and running.
Following the departure of Ericsson’s David Price from the Board of the VR Industry Forum, Tiledmedia’s CBDO Rob Koenen was appointed as President of VRIF. Representing TNO on VRIF’s Board of Directors, Rob will be serving as “Initial President” until the first Board Elections take place in July of this year.
Our joint Harmonic-tiledmedia paper ”UHD-Quality VR at Realistic Bitrates: Mission Impossible?“, has been accepted for the 2017 NAB Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology Conference (BEITC). We will present it in the is NextGen TV Session, on 24 April exactly at noon, in room N260.
We will also show our tiled streaming technology at NAB – contact us if you are interested!
Yesterday, the first and inaugural meeting of the VR Industry Forum took place at CES in Las Vegas. The newly established Forum collects industry leaders in VR360, including Sky, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Movielabs, TNO, and tiledmedia’s VR streaming partners Harmonic and Viaccess-Orca. The purpose of the Forum is to make VR an attractive, high quality experience for consumers.
Acting on behalf of TNO, tiledmedia’s Rob Koenen is one of the forum’s founding fathers, driving the organisation from an idea to incorporation. Rob has been appointed as the Forum’s Secretary, to serve next to President David Price of Ericsson, and Treasurer Paul Higgs of Huawei. He is also Board Director on behalf of TNO.
Together with our partners Viaccess-Orca and Harmonic, we will show our tiled VR streaming magic at CES, in Las Vegas, from 5 to 8 January. The unique demonstration will show very high quality 360VR streaming over a real CDN to a mobile Android device – the Samsung Gear VR. More details in the press release by Viaccess-Orca, who will host the demonstration in their suite. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in a demonstration or a discussion!
Tiledmedia was selected to pitch to the VR Venture Capital Alliance (VRVCA), on December 6th, in San Francisco. Today, we were proud to learn that we are one of the 10 companies that are given this opportunity, out of total of 500 that submitted their application. Fingers crossed!
November must be congress month. If you managed to miss us until now, check out our 8K VR360 demo at the ECP Jaarcongres. On Thursday the 17th of November you can experience VR360 as it is meant to be at our TiledVR demo booth.
If you missed us last Friday during the VR Days, you have another shot on Monday November 7 in the Amsterdam Arena during Amazing Monday. Ray will explain our TiledVR solution and we’ll bring some Korean girls to demo! Presentation starts at 15.00.
Update: Check out Ray’s presentation on Amazing Monday:
Ray van Brandenburg (TNO) @ Amazing Monday - VR from iMMovator on Vimeo.
And download his presentation.