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WWW.INBROADCAST.COM | ISSUE 20 - JUNE 2013

InFORM

RealNetworks Uses iStreamPlanet System
Broadcasters and other content distributors are always looking at how they can evolve the medium to
create new opportunities for viewer engagement and revenue generation…

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n the U.S. version of reality show
‘Big Brother’, RealNetworks has
long been working with CBS, the
show’s network, to bring multiple,
round-the-clock live streams to
viewers online, thereby creating a
desire for and expectation of 24/7
content, and capitalising on viewers’
brand loyalty.
R e a l N e t w o r k s re l i e s o n
i S t re a m P l a n e t t o p ro v i d e
multicamera, 24/7, live streaming
from the Big Brother house to
subscribers of its SuperPass service.
The live, online broadcast is a hit with
Big Brother fans, providing them a
constant stream of entertainment
that they can’t get from the TV show.
This always-on entertainment pulls
viewers deeper into the show and
into RealNetworks’ communityfueled content.

Seamless Delivery

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RealNetworks has been working
in partnership with CBS for the
past 12 years to provide live video
streams from the Big Brother
house in Los Angeles to a legion
of devoted and connected fans
in its community of subscribers.
RealNetworks’ community-focused
approach to online broadcast helps
ensure fans stay engaged, and it
wanted a streaming provider with
the services and quality to deliver
on this approach. iStreamPlanet
has been powering the streaming
broadcast for the past three years,
ever since RealNetworks Senior
Product Manager Matt Calder saw
the quality of streaming during the
2010 Winter Olympics.
RealNetworks called on
iStreamPlanet to put its services
to work to ensure fans would get
all the Big Brother entertainment
they could handle, 24 hours a day,

seven days a week for three months.
The online broadcast of Big
Brother is a key part of RealNetworks’
premium subscription service,
SuperPass. Subscribers have
access to reality-show content
not available on the traditional
broadcast; including 24/7 live
feeds from the Big Brother house,
contests, live social feeds, chat
rooms, and more.
Delivering a live, online broadcast
that goes uninterrupted for three
months is not an easy feat,
especially under the watchful eyes
of the show’s extreme fans, who get
quite upset if the feed goes down.
For example, before engaging
iStreamPlanet, RealNetworks had
to restart the stream frequently in
order to fix issues such as outof-sync audio resulting from a
breakdown in the encoding process
– a move that led to a lot of unhappy
customers. RealNetworks worked
with iStreamPlanet to minimise the
number of restarts so that viewing
is uninterrupted, which translates
to happy customers.
iStreamPlanet uses automated
systems to monitor its encoders
in addition to proactive human
monitoring – double coverage that
helps ensure a smooth encoding
process. The team works on a
rotating schedule so that someone
is watching every minute of every
day to make sure all the feeds are
broadcasting properly.

Multichannel Feeds
The production format for Big
Brother includes four cameras
that capture the main action and
the ancillary activity going on in
other parts of the house. Those
camera feeds come together to tell
one complete story, but also get

RealNetworks’ Big Brother
live streaming

four SD feeds are then encapsulated
into a single Asynchronous Serial
Interface (ASI) stream that combines
audio, video, and metadata.
iStreamPlanet acquires this stream
from the Los Angeles location
through the Hibernia Atlantic
global fibre network, a circuit for
which is installed at iStreamPlanet’s
Broadcast Operations Center in Las
Vegas. iStreamPlanet installed the
circuit especially for acquiring the
Big Brother signals.

Proprietary Workflow
streamed live as individual feeds.
When viewers tune in online, they
see a split-screen, user-controlled
player. The split screen feed shows
streams from all four live cameras,
which are always rolling. Viewers
can select any one of the cameras
as the main view by means of four
video thumbnails that are always
visible on the left side of the player.
This thumbnail strip allows the user
to keep an eye on all the action, no
matter which camera is chosen for
the main screen.
“The strip required a little
innovation,” said Mark East, Senior
Director of Broadcast Operations
for iStreamPlanet. “We’re using a
Miranda Kaleido X16 multiviewer
to output a mosaic of the four feeds
in a vertical-strip format. A Cisco
Media Processor encoder takes
that output and encodes it to a
single-bit rate H.264 stream at a
frame size of 128x388 - perfect for
navigational purposes.”
Also, based on customer
demand, RealNetworks added
two channels of audio to the splitscreen experience.
First, the CBS production team
uses four SD cameras to capture
the action live in Los Angeles. All

iStreamPlanet takes the ASI stream
and decodes it into four Sencore
MRD decoders, extracting each
of the four feeds individually from
the ASI package. From there,
iStreamPlanet uses its proprietary
video workflow platform for
scheduling, automating, and
routing those four incoming feeds
to generate the RealNetworks
player’s four full-screen views and
fifth quad-split view, plus a single
stream of the thumbnail strip that
enables user to select their view
in real time.
The streams are published to
Akamai’s HD network, where they
are transmuxed or transcoded on
the server side to the HLS format
and Adobe True HTTP Streaming
so that they can be accessed by
iOS and Android devices.
Thanks to its long history in online
broadcasting, RealNetworks has
gathered extensive intelligence
about the viewing behaviour and
device choices of its top fans. By
analysing the activity of customers
that access the live streams,
RealNetworks can identify the
inflection points in the Big Brother
story, and they can also see their
audience’s evolving viewing habits.


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In Broadcast - June 2013
Contents
InNews: Rogers Opts for Quantel at City Montreal
InNews: Vizrt and Mosart Enter Newsroom Partnership
InForm: Istreamplanet Live-Video Workflow
InReply: BSI Wireless Camera Captures the Action
InFocus: Sound Devices Pix 240 Sprints Ahead
InView: Bradley Engineering Focuses on Remote Camera Control Systems
InView: Government Tax Breaks: The Devil Is in the Detail
InMedia: In Demand Uses Aja to Create Promotional Content
InMedia: Ihse Draco Kvm-Matrix Switchers Support Broadcast It Workflow
InMedia: Media Production - the Next Generation
In Broadcast - June 2013 - Intro
In Broadcast - June 2013 - In Broadcast - June 2013
In Broadcast - June 2013 - Cover2
In Broadcast - June 2013 - Contents
In Broadcast - June 2013 - InNews: Rogers Opts for Quantel at City Montreal
In Broadcast - June 2013 - 5
In Broadcast - June 2013 - InNews: Vizrt and Mosart Enter Newsroom Partnership
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In Broadcast - June 2013 - InForm: Istreamplanet Live-Video Workflow
In Broadcast - June 2013 - 23
In Broadcast - June 2013 - InReply: BSI Wireless Camera Captures the Action
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In Broadcast - June 2013 - InFocus: Sound Devices Pix 240 Sprints Ahead
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In Broadcast - June 2013 - InView: Bradley Engineering Focuses on Remote Camera Control Systems
In Broadcast - June 2013 - 61
In Broadcast - June 2013 - InView: Government Tax Breaks: The Devil Is in the Detail
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In Broadcast - June 2013 - InMedia: In Demand Uses Aja to Create Promotional Content
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In Broadcast - June 2013 - InMedia: Ihse Draco Kvm-Matrix Switchers Support Broadcast It Workflow
In Broadcast - June 2013 - 73
In Broadcast - June 2013 - InMedia: Media Production - the Next Generation
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In Broadcast - June 2013 - Cover3
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