Viaccess-Orca has teamed up with French TV channel TF1 to broadcast the ‘world's first’ live stream of a football match in 360 degrees and Ultra HD.
Broadcast for a private audience, the international friendly between France and Russia was delivered in real time from three remote locations, using VR headsets.
Viaccess-Orca's Virtual Arena leverages its Connected Sentinel player for secure playback, and uses its cloud-based system, Voyage, for interactivity and analytics.
"Viaccess-Orca and TF1 are ushering in a new era for sports entertainment,” said Alain Nochimowski, executive vice president of innovation at Viaccess-Orca.
"Pre-integrated with an ecosystem of technology partners and compatible with existing industry standards, Viaccess-Orca's Virtual Arena offers a premium 360-degree television experience for the emerging VR environment.
“We are thrilled that, together with TF1 and our technology partners, we are shaping the future of television and paving the way to the ultimate immersion quality and viewer engagement experience."
The experience was powered by an end-to-end ecosystem of technology partners, managed by Viaccess-Orca and including Harmonic Keepixo, VideoStitch, AmpVisual and Digital Immersion.