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RTL delivers IP-based live shows using cloud production

TV show Carlo's TV Café was broadcast using cloud production technology on Sunday 22 November, in what DutchView Infostrada claims was a world first

TV show Carlo’s TV Café was broadcast using cloud production technology on Sunday 22 November, in what DutchView Infostrada claims was a world first. The show was broadcast on Dutch commercial TV channel RTL4, using remote-controlled Cloud Production, a recently launched IP-based video production platform from DutchView Infostrada, part of the NEP worldwide network.

The following day, Voetbal Inside was broadcast on RTL7, becoming the second live broadcast to air using the technology. DutchView Infostrada built its directing, audio and shading suites at the Media Park in Hilversum, The Netherlands for the broadcasts.

Cloud Production centralises resources so that they can be shared and used across productions. The studio location and all essential parts of Cloud Production are connected via IP network connections. All connections use DutchView Infostrada’s own fibre optic network to connect to its data centre, where all technology is housed. Depending on the type of production, the director can either direct from a location near the studio or from the new central directing, audio and shading suites.

“It was quite exciting to be the first shows ever to be aired live in the cloud, and it was a huge success,” said Mark de Vink, business manager at RTL Netherlands Productions. “Cloud Production is more efficient than any other solution. We only use the resources that are strictly necessary for the duration of the recording. Because of centralised resources we need significantly fewer crew members on location, which also greatly reduces travel and accommodation costs.”

“While many media companies and broadcasters are working on remote production and video over IP, we have made a leap to a Cloud platform on which resources are available on demand,” said Peter Bruggink, CTO of DutchView Infostrada. “The foundation of Cloud Production has been proven and is based on years of experience, including our forerunners LiveCenter, and our cloud video montage platform. All of these rely on our own technical infrastructure including our data centres and a 100 per cent uptime dark fibre fibreglass network. The entire infrastructure is monitored and supported by a 24/7 expert service desk. This results in a very stable base for our new Cloud Production technology. I am extremely proud of this world first!”