Nevion has announced that its is supplying India’s Viacom18, part of Network18 Group, with its contribution solution for the media company’s live coverage of the TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) of cricket.
Viacom18 owns the digital media rights for the TATA IPL via its OTT platform JioCinema. Nevion said that the media company required a solution to connect 12 stadiums to three of their studio locations, where the regional feeds are produced for the purpose of remote production and world feed contribution. The video and audio signals involved are pre-produced world feeds and individual camera feeds in both HD and UHD/4K, which need to be carried securely, reliably and in real time over distances of up to 2,000km or 1,200 miles.
“We wanted to offer our millions of cricket fans a superlative UHD experience of the league with special regional adaption; both in terms of the languages and the focus of the games,” said S. Venkatraman, head of C&D at Network18. “This meant we had to design and build an infrastructure to match our ambitions, and in short time. We and our viewers are very happy with the outcome.”
Rajat Nigam, group CTO, added: “We had the vision of providing a never-before-experience of cricket to Indian viewers by providing live matches in UHD/4K format for the first time and in 12 languages including VR360 Cam experience. We had our own Video IP network of Jio and the solution which was developed in partnership with Nevion, gives us a high capacity and glitch-free video network from different locations in India. We have on an average more than 75 million consumers on our platform daily and have witnessed more than 24 million concurrent consumers on our OTT JioCinema”.
Hans Hasselback, chief commercial officer at Nevion, concluded, “This project is a perfect illustration of the importance of media networks in enabling business objectives. We were proud to have delivered that solution in record time and enjoyed the excellent collaboration we had with all involved in the project.”