BT Sport has selected real-time 3D graphics solutions company RT Software, to provide augmented reality graphics for the studio coverage of its new UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League shows. RT Software’s tOG-VR3D has been chosen as solution for the studio graphics.
The news follows the recent announcement that BT Sport will be the new UK home of UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League football from the start of the 2015/16 season, following a tender process in which BT won the exclusive live broadcast rights to cover all 351 matches.
At launch, BT Sport announced that it would be “investing in ground-breaking new augmented reality sets and digital analytics”. The broadcaster selected the RT Software augmented reality solution as part of a studio upgrade, which will make its debut at the start of the European football season.
The tOG-VR 3D solution package incorporates the delivery of a three-camera VR studio with n+1 redundancy and as well as services to commission the VR studio with BT Sports’ chosen camera tracking technology from Ncam.
BT Sport has enlisted the help of the RT Software team for additional on-site services and training on the new equipment, and the team will also work to prepare and perfect the new graphics ready for rehearsals ahead of the broadcast. Part of the agreement will see RT Software contracted to provide ongoing consultancy to the channel, and work on refreshing and renewing the graphics for the subsequent two seasons.
“The RT Software solution stood out because of the quality of the rendering – essentially what you see on the screen looks fantastic,” said Jamie Hindhaugh, COO, BT Sport. “RT Software has a desire to do graphics better than anyone else and a solid history of innovation around that. They are the perfect match for us, both technically and culturally.”
RT Software has also been selected to provide the overlay graphics for BT’s newly launched 4K UHD channel, as well as all of the playout graphics across every BT channel, which has been embedded within the Snell ICE playout solution.
Mike Fredriksen, commercial director, RT Software added: “We are absolutely thrilled to be selected by BT Sport. The channel is well and truly pushing the creative boundaries for their new European football coverage, and we are delighted to be able to play such a significant role in that. BT Sport is breaking the mold and these new programmes will give us a joint opportunity to showcase something really special to the millions of fans and viewers.”