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IP-based Live Broadcast from the Cloud

DutchView Infostrada, part of the NEP worldwide network since June this year, has launched Cloud Production, an IP-based video production platform. ​It was used to produce Dutch TV show Carlo’s TV Café broadcast on RTL4, a first live broadcast to be televised using cloud-based technology. This was quickly followed by Voetbal Inside broadcast on RTL7.

The studio location and all essential parts of Cloud Production are connected via IP network connections. All connections use DutchView Infostrada’s unique fibre optic network to connect to its data centre, where all technology is housed. From the Cloud Production suite there is complete control over the production process – just as there is with traditional productions. 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 percent 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.”

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