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Basketball Bundesliga clash sets streaming first

Media technology company MediaKind and telco Deutsche Telekom have claimed a landmark by streaming the world’s first multi-channel 6K 360-degree live sports event.

Developed in collaboration with Magnum Film, Tiledmedia, INVR.SPACE and Iconic Engine, the multi-camera 360-degree live streaming venture took place in yesterday’s (Sunday’s) German Basketball Bundesliga match between Telekom Baskets Bonn and EWE Baskets Oldenburg from the Telekom Dome in Bonn.

The live streams were delivered to customers of Deutsche Telekom’s commercial Magenta VR service via a consumer app.

MediaKind led the technical project management, working alongside Deutsche Telekom, Magnum Film, Tiledmedia, INVR.SPACE and Iconic Engine to create and manage the entire live end-to-end system.

Deutsche Telekom commissioned Magnum Film for the on-site acquisition and production of the event in 360-degree video. The demonstration marked the latest milestone in an 18-month collaboration between MediaKind and Tiledmedia to illustrate how 360-degree viewport adaptive ClearVR video can augment the traditional live broadcast consumer experience and bring fans closer to the action.

Angel Ruiz, chief executive of MediaKind, said: “The success of this world first live sport event using 6K 360-degree video with ClearVR tiled format is a major milestone for our team of engineers and our partners who turned this around in a short space of time. This demonstration encompasses MediaKind’s singular goal: to enable our customers to create and efficiently deliver immersive media experiences.”

The event was sponsored by Deutsche Telekom’s T-Labs research team who are running an evaluation of next generation 360-degree VR technologies.