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Sky News is a British 24x7 TV and online news channel. It is a provider of live streaming world news which can be viewed via its website, YouTube, and various mobile devices and digital media players. Sky News is owned by Sky Group, a division of Comcast. John Ryley is the head of Sky News, a role he has held since June 2006. In 2019, Sky News was named Royal Television Society News Channel of the Year, the 12th time it has held the award. They also won News Channel of the Year in 2021.
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Live stream needs & objectives
To cover the trial of Derek Chauvin, accused of the murder of George Floyd, Sky News decided to create a dedicated channel - 'GEORGE FLOYD KILLING: THE TRIAL' - 100% produced from the cloud. A major challenge during the covid crisis that had to be met in only 9 days.
“With Covid lockdown and working from home we were keen to look at new and different ways of working a complicated production without being the studio. Our galleries are quite a precious resource and tying one of them down for a month could impact our day-to-day operations. So, the question was asked of the tech team, is it possible to do a dedicated channel with a remote set up with minimal crewing to look after it for a month? " said James Whicher, director at Sky News.
In this context, Sky News producers were looking for an all-in-one studio fully cloud based to mix and manage the whole production easily and remotely in a collaborative space. The idea was to ingest multiple live sources in a cloud studio (SRT, WebRTC, and other video protocols) and to be able to mix it with overlays, lower thirds, graphics, perform picture in picture and add remote commentators as needed for live commentary on the trial - all the basics required with a video mixer. A further requirement was that one operator be able to run the show (including the other technical partners onboard).
- Provide a 24/7 video mixer fully cloud based
- Ingest multiple live sources (SRT, WebRTC, and other video protocols)
- Add overlays, lower thirds, graphics, perform picture in picture in the live feed and mix it using hotkeys
- Invite special guests or remote commentators
- Broadcast the live feed to multiple destinations at once
- Provide a collaborative space from the cloud with a multi user solution for the technical team
- Broadcast Automated linear content (24/7) mixing live and VOD playlist
- Ensure a continuous live streaming production without broken feeds because of Internet connection or local technical issues
- Guarantee a professional and high quality stream as on tv programs (1080p25)