MediaKind has won the NAB Technology Innovation Award for enabling 6K tiled 360-degree live sports streaming of a basketball match in Germany.
MediaKind managed, coordinated and processed what it claims was the world’s first multi-channel 6K tiled 360-degree live stream during the Telekom Baskets Bonn and EWE Baskets Oldenburg match at the Telekom Dome in Bonn in December.
The media technology and services company delivered two live 6K 360-degree video streams, demonstrating its new commercially-launched 360-degree video processing as a Service (360aaS) solution for live events.
The streams were delivered to customers of Deutsche Telekom’s commercial Magenta VR service via a consumer app and MediaKind’s 360-degree live encoding workflow incorporating Tiledmedia’s ClearVR viewport-adaptive streaming technology.
Deutsche Telekom commissioned the project, Magnum Film did the production, INVR.SPACE delivered the 360-degree cameras and stitching infrastructure and Tiledmedia provided the tiled streaming tech, while Google’s Cloud Platform was also used.
“Winning the 2019 NAB Technology Innovation Award is an enormous honour and a wonderful way to mark our inaugural NAB Show as MediaKind,” said MediaKind CEO, Angel Ruiz.
“As consumers – especially sports fans – push for more ways to not only watch but experience their favourite live events, being ready to deliver the next generation of immersive experiences to multiple devices and in multiple formats is key.”
Tiledmedia founder and CBO, Rob Koenen, said: “ClearVR tiled streaming, integrated in MediaKind’s 360aaS platform, lets content owners distribute very high-quality VR360 content over existing networks – today.”
Separately, MediaKind and its partners won the IABM BaM Award at NAB Show 2019 for the same project. MediaKind, Deutsche Telekom, Tiledmedia, INVR.SPACE and Magnum Film received the 2019 IABM BaM Award for best ‘Project, collaboration or event’.
Ruiz said: “This second award win for our 6K tiled 360° live sports streaming with our partners is a stunning achievement and further reinforces the potential of the technology that this project demonstrated.”