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Vienna opera chooses Ooyala

October 25, 2013

Ooyala, innovator in video streaming, analytics and monetisation, announced its selection as the streaming technology provider for “Wiener Staatsoper livestreaming,” the new cutting edge service from the Vienna State Opera. Available worldwide beginning October 27, the service enables viewers to purchase a selection of live performances over the web and on Samsung Smart TVs (made in 2012 or later), time-shifted for prime time viewing in each local market.

The live performances will be available for video-on-demand (VOD) purchase for one week after each performance. Mobile applications for iOS and Android are in development.
Ooyala says The Vienna State Opera selected it for its ability to rapidly deploy a high-quality solution with sophisticated business and technical requirements; the entire livestreaming solution was implemented in only six weeks. Ooyala is powering the secure streaming of two parallel live streams (one for each user-selectable camera view) in full HD with adaptive bitrate streaming to the web and a Samsung SmartTV app, as well as the forth coming iOS and Android Apps. Additionally, Ooyala implemented secure authentication for livestream and VoD entitlements, all playback functionality across devices, and the time-shifting method through which the start time for livestreams is localised to each market.

Home viewers will be able to choose between two perspectives at any time: an overall view of the stage and a live-edited film of the opera or ballet performance. In Vienna the live streams will be transmitted live at the starting time, and then time zone delayed in order to ensure that the opera or ballet has an acceptable starting time for viewers around the world. The live streams start 30 minutes before the performance with background illustrations, information about the Wiener Staatsoper and synopses of the streamed works. Streaming during the intervals will include impressions from back stage as well as from the interval rooms.

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