The Future of Live Streaming

The effects of COVID-19 has undoubtedly increased pressure in many different industries with entertainment being one of the hardest hit. The industry has been forced to close its doors to both visitors and fans. Since then, live streaming has proven to be the new way to experience music, sports, and events that would otherwise have been live. Live streaming seems to be a shining light for everyone, allowing the last bit of normalcy to be experienced.

Photo of cameraman live streaming men's JHL match.

The biggest hurdle

Live streaming has always been an emerging trend with platforms like YouTube already offering solutions prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there is no doubt that the pandemic has instead accelerated trends that were already occurring. It is clear to many with experience of live streaming that there are many difficulties. The most difficult aspect of hosting a live stream is controlling and maintaining unbreakable seamless connectivity throughout the stream. Another difficulty is ensuring that all of the prime angles are being shot so that the stream imitates the atmosphere and experience of being there in person despite watching from the comfort of your own home.

Photo of a camera ready for live streaming.

Just seamless live streaming

Our partner, JVC Kenwood Co. Ltd and Saga Prefecture live streamed a game from the Japan Handball League’s men’s division using multi-angle video capture cameras. In addition, they configured a system that can synchronize and simultaneously deliver multiple video-captured shots of the live event.

SpeedFusion Engine Cams (SFE Cam) streamed video to the data center via the combined bandwidth of two LTE connections. A Balance router at the data center receives the video. Which then forwards the video to the media server for decoding and post-processing. Peplink’s WAN Smoothing and Forward Error Correction (FEC) ensures smooth and consistent video streaming throughout the event by mitigating the effect of packet loss. In addition, each cellular connection supports a redundant SIM card. This provides a choice between four carriers to ensure seamless connectivity and zero downtime. The SFE Cam allows live streaming from anywhere and at any time. This is thanks to its equipped Wi-Fi radio which can be used as another WAN for Bandwidth Bonding or as a hotspot for connecting another IP cam. This unique configuration gives viewers seamless flexibility to choose the angle or screen they wish to view the game from.

Diagram of how the cameras live streaming different angles were setup to provide a single multi-angle stream.
Photo of the SpeedFusion Engine CAM installed on a camera to enable live streaming.

Will this be the way forward?

Moving forward, JVC Kenwood Co. Ltd and Saga Prefecture will continue to solve social issues by creating new styles for watching and viewing sports. All in an effort to solve sports performance issues while the world waits for normality to resume one day post-COVID-19.

Deployment

Picture of the SpeedFusion Engine CAM, suitable for live streaming.
SpeedFusion Engine Cam
  • Integrated dual-cellular bonding solution for professional video production cameras.
  • WAN Smoothing and FEC mitigate the effects of packet loss, ensuring smooth and consistent video streaming. 
  • Connects directly to your IP camera using the Gold Mount or V-Mount.
  • Turns your IP camera into a portable hotspot with VPN access to headquarters.