Screen Plays Magazine features a great write-up by Fred Dawson on the state of VR Streaming, and why we need tiling. The article quotes a number of relevant sources from across the industry. Read it here: New Tech Promises Live VR QoE Far Superior to Olympics Coverage!
Our groundbreaking ClearVR streaming technology is now also officially “Award-Winning”. The Advanced Imaging Society honored Tiledmedia with one of its 2018 Technology Awards for outstanding technical achievement in Entertainment Arts and Technologies. And with Microsoft, Lytro and Dolby among the winners, we are in very good company. Quoting from AIS’s website: “The Society’s globally recognized Lumiere Awards will be presented to technologies or processes which have demonstrated both innovation and impact in advancing the creation or delivery of quality content.”
And quoting from the press release: “Our latest class of 10 Technology Awards honorees and our timely recognition of 13 women receiving our Distinguished Leadership Award encompass familiar names along with recent discoveries, all of which represent the most creative, productive and forward-thinking efforts in visual technology and emerging content,” said Jim Chabin, President and CEO of The Advanced Imaging Society.
Some more coverage here on Variety’s website.
Rob Koenen traveled to LA after CES to attend the awards luncheon on January 16th, and collected Tiledmedia’s first statuette on behalf of the team.
Rob thanked the AIS for the award. He said that he felt both honored and humbled to be among the winners, as a company that is barely a year old and until recently had only 4.5 people working for it. Rob further noted that he saw the Award as an indication that the belief is shared that immersive media hold great promise, but that the industry needs to keep working to improve the Quality of Experience.
See here for a few pictures
We gave the statuette a nice place in our Rotterdam HQ, where it awaits the company of more awards. But it will be very hard to beat this statuette!
As of mid-December the ClearVR SDK and Packagers support stereoscopic content. We have been quietly testing it with a few partners, and it works fully as expected.
Adding support for stereoscopic content has been on our wish list for some time – and also on the wish lists of quite a few of our partners.
Next up: iOS support. Stay tuned!
IBC was a great event. Lots of good feedback, lots of interest in our ClearVR technology. Our joint demo with Ericsson and Sky of VR-as-a-second-screen, to a head-mounted device and a tablet, drew significant interest. The same applies to the Virtual Stadium app shown by Viaccess-Orca, as well as the integration with spatial audio as shown by both DTS and Viaccess-Orca. Adding spatial audio makes VR a really immersive, compelling experience.
Transforming a technology demo to a set of convincing use cases made all the difference. What also made a difference: being able to show 6k streaming live, from Akamai’s production CDN, at the Akamai booth. And we didn’t just stream stream it over WiFi (always a huge challenge at a trade show) – we even showed 6k VR360 panoramas streaming over 4G. At the show!
Our ClearVR brochure is now available for download. It has a good summary of our SDK and Cloud solution.
Also, see the photo impression of Tiledmedia @IBC!
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.
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:
And download his presentation.
Check out Rob’s YouTube explanation of our TiledVR approach!