Harmonic Demos VR in UHD Resolution at IBC2016

At IBC2016, Harmonic says it will present the industry’s first native UHD virtual reality technology demonstration in collaboration with Dutch research institute TNO.

Using TNO's HEVC tiling technology, the demo will enable participants to enjoy a completely immersive VR experience on head-mounted devices, with video resolution 10 times higher than that offered by existing commercially deployed VR services – claims Harmonic.

"VR is a game changer for content providers, broadcasters and pay-TV operators, especially for live sports,” said Bart Spriester, svp, video products at Harmonic. "Market research estimates that by 2020, VR video services will capture $1 billion in revenue, with live sporting events representing more than one-third of that amount. But the video quality has to be exceptional in order to provide a fully immersive experience. We believe HEVC tiling is the most promising technology for delivering high video quality on head-mounted VR devices. Working together with TNO's world-leading experts on this technology demonstration, we'll bring to life outstanding VR experiences with native UHD resolution."

Harmonic will also showcase its VR innovation alongside Viaccess-Orca through a new multiview app. Using space-related content from Harmonic on a Samsung Gear VR headset and using Viaccess-Orca's Connected Sentinel Player, the demo will simulate a live VR environment by providing synchronized, multiple perspectives for a richer VR experience.

Additionally, during IBC2016, Thierry Fautier, vice president, video strategy at Harmonic, will share his expertise on VR technology as a presenter at a conference session dedicated to new ideas in VR and 360-degree immersive media. His paper presentation, titled "VR Video Ecosystem for Live Distribution," is slated for Saturday, Sept. 10, at 10:45 a.m. at the RAI.

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