SES, Fraunhofer to Demo Virtual Reality via Satellite

SES S.A. (Euronext:SESG) and Fraunhofer HHI will demonstrate an R&D project at IBC this year showcasing the transmission of a 10K x 2K ...

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SES S.A. (Euronext:SESG) and Fraunhofer HHI will demonstrate an R&D project at IBC this year showcasing the transmission of a 10K x 2K panoramic virtual reality (VR) video signal via satellite to multiple devices.

The panoramic signal will be received at the SES stand and transmitted to an UltraHD display, as well as a set of VR head-mounted devices. The viewer can choose a viewing angle, zoom in and out, turn the picture on the TV display using a simple remote control - or choose to wear a VR headset, where the video signal is delivered simultaneously.

Filmed with Fraunhofer HHI's OmniCam-360 camera and transmitted via SES's ASTRA 19.2 degrees East orbital position, the demonstration is intended to provide a glimpse of what a future VR 360-degree video would look like.

"We use a combination of technologies here exactly to showcase what is possible when using hybrid approaches," said Dr. Ralf Schäfer, Fraunhofer HHI's head of Division Video. "There is no stadium in the world providing enough seats for all enthusiastic fans. So imagine a live event somewhere in the world - filmed with professional cameras like our OmniCam-360 and then delivered to a huge global audience via satellite. And every single viewer at home has the best seat in the middle of the show."

Thomas Wrede, vice president Reception Systems at SES, said: "Satellites are the perfect distribution path for these new kinds of video experiences, as they can manage huge volumes of data being offloaded from terrestrial networks. Furthermore, technology standards like SAT>IP not only allow the viewers at home to pick and choose a device - the TV screen, tablet or virtual reality equipment - but also they can now choose their favorite viewing position."

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