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Vienna State Opera Streams Uses Elemental Video Processing to Stream the World’s First Live 4K Broadcast Over the Internet
|By Business Wire
|May 5, 2014 06:41 AM EDT
Elemental Technologies, the leading supplier of software-defined
video solutions for multiscreen content delivery, today announced
that the Vienna State Opera, one of the world’s most famous performance
institutions, will use Elemental video processing solutions to stream
the world’s first live production in 4K high-efficiency video coding
(HEVC) delivered via MPEG-DASH over the Internet.
Elemental will stream the world's first live 4K broadcast over the Internet for the Vienna State Opera in a special performance of Verdi's Nabucco with Plácido Domingo at 7 p.m. CET Wednesday. (Photo: Business Wire)
Set for 7 p.m. CET on Wednesday May 7, the production of Verdi’s Nabucco
with opera star Plácido Domingo in the title role will be streamed for
global viewing on UHD smart TVs as well as to a 65-inch Samsung UHD TV
at the opera house. The new Wiener Staatsoper Samsung smart TV app will
have been released ahead of the performance and is the first such app
with fully integrated UHD playout functionality that will allow viewers
worldwide to watch the broadcast at their respective prime time, through
Vienna State Opera’s unique time-shift feature.
Vienna State Opera maintains the world’s largest repertoire of opera and
ballet works, holding 60 titles and more than 300 performances per
season. Producing more than 40 live broadcasts annually, the Vienna
State Opera, also known as Wiener Staatsoper, is a leader in the use of
innovative technology for the arts and is making nearly all of its
2014/2015 season productions accessible to viewers via the Internet,
smart TVs and mobile devices.
“Our multiscreen offer, VOD services and user-selectable two-channel
live programme provide new and exciting ways for fans to experience the
arts with the highest levels of accessibility and artistry,” said
Christopher Widauer, director of digital development for the Vienna
State Opera. “The flexibility, speed and power of solutions from
Elemental and the unique ability to stream 4K video using HEVC and
MPEG-DASH, are vital for us to broaden the possibilities for opera and
ballet viewing experiences.”
In addition to 4K HEVC real-time video streaming, Elemental supports
live streaming and video-on-demand (VOD) for the Wiener Staatsoper full
HD livestreaming service, which enables viewers to purchase a selection
of live performances over the web to be enjoyed on computers, mobile
devices (iOS and Android), connected TVs and on Samsung smart TVs,
time-shifted for optimal viewing in each local market. Elemental also
supports a Vienna State Opera companion application that shows subtitles
and score sheets through a second screen app in sync with broadcasts.
The workflow for the 4K streaming event was designed by Elemental
partner ETAS High Tech Hardware Systems GmbH. Based in Austria, ETAS has
worked closely with Vienna State Opera, Samsung and other partners to
assure event success. For the event, Elemental® Live will
encode content captured by a Sony PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K camera. Delivery
of the 4K HEVC MPEG-DASH streams will be managed by Ooyala for viewing
worldwide via a custom Samsung connected TV application and PC-based
application. Elemental will also encode content for a 65-inch Samsung
connected TV for public viewing at the opera house.
“Vienna State Opera has been at the forefront of opera technology for
some time – dating back to the nineteenth century when it was one of the
first opera houses to have its own fire department and could assure
patrons of artistic performances that were both stunning and safe,” said
John Nemeth, VP of sales EMEA for Elemental. “Elemental is honored to
support Vienna State Opera in its on-going technology innovation to
increase access to the arts.”
About Vienna State Opera
The Vienna State Opera is one of
the world's most important opera houses. Its season runs from September
to June and offers over 300 performances of more than 60 different
operas and ballets each year. The artistic cornerstones of the opera
house are the State Opera Orchestra / Vienna Philharmonic, its ensemble
of 60 singers, the stage orchestra, the choir and ballet ensemble, as
well as all the great voices and conductors who appear regularly as
guest stars. Ticket sales of over 99% makes the new staatsoperlive.com
live broadcast service a highly important step towards more national and
global accessibility of Vienna State Opera content. Overall, the
organization employs around 950 permanent staff. To learn more, please
Elemental Technologies is the leading
supplier of software-defined video solutions for multiscreen content
delivery. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Portland, Oregon, the
company pioneered the use of software-based video processing to
distribute video over IP networks. Solutions from Elemental provide the
flexibility, scalability and performance required to deliver high
quality video via turnkey, cloud-based and virtualized deployment
models. Powering video experiences for more than 400 leading media
franchises worldwide, Elemental helps pay TV operators, content
programmers, broadcasters and enterprise customers bring video to any
screen, anytime – all at once. The company has offices in the United
States, the United Kingdom, France, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, China,
Russia, India and Brazil. To learn more, please visit www.elementaltechnologies.com
and follow @elementaltech
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