LAS VEGAS — April 7, 2019 — Sony and CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL) are collaborating at NAB Show 2019 to complete a remote production between two different locations in Las Vegas. With the HyperX eSports Arena in the Luxor hotel as the remote operations base, Sony and CenturyLink will produce a live feed remotely from the eSports Arena’s gaming tournaments. Using a remote production workflow built around Sony’s portfolio of IP-based products, coupled with Sony’s new Live Element Orchestrator system orchestration solution, resources will be coordinated intelligently and shared between the two environments.
The entire remote production environment will be built on the SMPTE ST2110 standard with Sony IP equipment and a 10GbE Wavelength network provided by CenturyLink. Sony’s XVS-7000 3G switcher will reside in the Las Vegas Convention Center and will operate in 4K alongside a full complement of production equipment, while an XVS-8000 switcher at the eSports Arena will be running in HD.
This type of transition would usually take hours of reconfiguration in current environments and might still leave content creators wondering if they changed all settings on all devices correctly. The Live Element Orchestrator coordinates this transition and intelligently choreographs all production environments, significantly reducing the amount of downtime between shows and making more efficient use of the production resources.
As broadcasters are tasked to do more with fewer resources, IP-based remote productions provide viable tangible benefits, allowing them to efficiently deliver more content and share resources, while reducing costs and maximizing output – all with no discernable latency between the video sources.
“The power of Sony’s Live Element Orchestrator takes our IP workflow one step further by augmenting internal and remote productions through the intelligent coordination of resources,” said Deon LeCointe, senior manager, IP Solutions for Sony Electronics. “It can even enable the seamless transition between 4K and HD productions and reconfigure the same pool of resources to produce deliverables in different resolutions, based on needs.”
“CenturyLink has been preparing its network for a world in which remote production is the rule and no longer the exception. We’ve invested in fiber builds to key sports and eSports venues in the U.S., as well as architected our Vyvx network to deliver content into locations that live events rights holders rely upon to produce and stage their content for mass audience consumption,” said Bill Wohnoutka, vice president, Global Internet and Content Delivery Services for CenturyLink. “Our continuing work with Sony is crucial in setting the stage for mainstream adoption of these optimized workflows so content providers can provide a richer, more immersive experience for their end-users.”
Experience the power of resource sharing, orchestration and simultaneous production during Sony’s and CenturyLink’s eSports remote production at NAB. The live transmission will be demonstrated each day from April 8-10 at 1:00 pm/PT in the Sony Booth #C11001.
CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is the second largest U.S. communications provider to global enterprise customers. With customers in more than 60 countries and an intense focus on the customer experience, CenturyLink strives to be the world’s best networking company by solving customers’ increased demand for reliable and secure connections. The company also serves as its customers’ trusted partner, helping them manage increased network and IT complexity and providing managed network and cyber security solutions that help protect their business.
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