Finnish national public broadcasting company YLE provided its TV audience with an ‘immersive panoramic experience’ of the country’s Presidential Independence Day reception event with the assistance of ATEME’s LiveSphere, in the first live use case of the product from the company.
LiveSphere provides viewers with an opportunity to view the event from a totally new perspective, giving the illusion of being at the centre of the attention and the ability to go ‘behind the scenes’.
The Finnish Presidential Independence Day reception on 6 December was held for approximately 2,000 invited guests at the Presidential Palace, followed by an after party at Helsinki’s landmark hotel Kämp. These annual celebrations are consistently among the most-watched television events of the year, attracting more than two million viewers. Utilising LiveSphere, a 360-degree video broadcast solution developed by ATEME and its partners Finwe and Kolor, Finnish national public broadcasting company YLE provided its television audience with an immersive panoramic experience, the company said.
A 360-degree camera system was positioned in the Peilisali the miror room – where the video feed, generated from the real-time stitching of six independent cameras, was encoded and streamed in HLS with multiple resolutions and bitrates. The stream was delivered to the Akamai Content Delivery Network and was viewable on Android and iOS devices. Live coverage of the event was broadcast from 22:15 until 23:15, in parallel to the on-air TV broadcast, allowing viewers to choose and modify their field of view by either moving the display or touching the screen.
Sanna Hautamäki, producer, YLE, said: “360-degree video provides an interesting and immersive experience to the viewer, giving them the satisfaction of peeking beyond the perimeter of the screen to see what is happening while giving the illusion that they are in the centre of the action. Additionally, it provides an opportunity to see the event from a totally new perspective, emphasising the live stream when the other TV cameras are not broadcasting.”