ATEME and partners provide first live 360-degree video broadcast at Helsinki event

Paris, December 2014:  On December 6, the Finnish Presidential Independence Day reception was held in Helsinki for approx. 2,000 invited guests at the Presidential Palace, followed by an “After Party” at the city's landmark hotel Kämp. These annual
celebrations are consistently among the most-watched television events of the year, attracting more than two million viewers.

Utilizing LiveSphere™, a 360-degree video broadcast solution developed by ATEME and its partners Finwe and Kolor, Finnish national public broadcasting company YLE provided its television audience with an immersive panoramic experience of the event on a wide variety of devices.
A 360-degree camera system was positioned in the “Peilisali” – the mirror room – where the video feed, generated from the real-time stitching of six independent cameras, was encoded and streamed in HLS (HTTP Live Streaming) with multiple resolutions and bitrates. The stream was delivered to the Akamai Content Delivery Network and was viewable on Android and iOS devices. Live coverage of the event was broadcast from 22:15 until 23:15, in parallel to the on-air TV broadcast, allowing viewers to choose and dynamically modify their field of view by either moving the display or touching the screen.

This industry-first demonstration of LiveSphere sets the stage for future implementations of this game-changing technology.

Sanna Hautamäki, producer, YLE, said: "360-degree video provides an interesting and immersive experience to the viewer, giving them the satisfaction of ‘peeking’ beyond the perimeter of the screen to see what is happening while giving the illusion that they are in the center of the action. Additionally, it provides an opportunity to see the event from a totally new perspective, emphasizing the live stream when the other TV cameras are not broadcasting."

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