Six OBE C-100 encoders were used at the Glastonbury Festival to transport high quality HD broadcast feeds over IP from six stages to London, marking the first on-site IP delivery at Glastonbury. These feeds were then used on the web and Connected Red Button services. Using BBC Newsgathering’s expertise in using IP and commodity equipment in the field, the C-100 encoders ran as software on existing Intel-based hardware with the feeds transported over an on-site IP connection.
Delivering standards-compliant H.264 in a transport stream, the OBE C-100 allows cost-effective, high-quality broadcast contribution over IP. It is available in both hardware and software versions.
“BBC Newsgathering have already shown that software based on Open Source running on off-the-shelf hardware can be used on a daily basis,” said Kieran Kunhya, managing director of Open Broadcast Systems. “I am pleased that they have proven that a high profile event like Glastonbury can also be encoded and transported over IP using the same concept.”
Open Broadcast Systems specialises in using off-the-shelf servers in high-quality, low-latency video contribution and distribution applications. Based on the Open Broadcast Encoder, an Open Source broadcast encoder, these products allow major cost savings as well as providing unrivalled flexibility in contribution applications.
Glastonbury Festival is the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world, and this year ran from 24 to 28 June. This year the BBC brought viewers highlights from the festival on BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Four as well s on four Red Button streams, in addition to BBC Radio 6 Music leading for radio and additional coverage on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4.