Navigating the Future of Outside Broadcasting

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The way content is produced, broadcast and consumed has changed over time. Outside broadcasting services especially outside broadcast trucks have become increasingly popular for various events, allowing users to watch live content from any part of the world. This has changed the way people access content, influencing creators on how content is created, disseminated and consumed across various platforms. But with a technological shift, the growing need for sustainability and the demand for higher resolutions such as UHD (Ultra High Definition) and 4K IP is emerging as a solution to these requirements. Furthermore, these factors have given rise to new trends in the industry like mobile journalism that are changing the course of action of where the industry is headed. Therefore, the question arises: will outside broadcast trucks become obsolete in the near future? Or is the industry on the verge of breaking out of business? Let us explore where the industry is headed, and which trends will shape it in the future.

1. Technological Shifts

Technology has been a major driver for this industry as it has enabled broadcasting solution providers to deliver recorded content to content-on-the-go. With AI technology integrated into outside broadcasting production, field operators and crew have been minimised. Further, broadcasters can optimize their scheduling based on data analysis, audience preferences and market trends. Moreover, with AI cameras technology, broadcasters can capture nuances in real-time as it offers advanced motion-tracking and object recognition. This use of this technology has been used mostly in real-time sports broadcasting as AI allows coaches to evaluate their players’ performance.

In addition to this, with the advent of 5G technology, capturing and broadcasting content has never been easier, as it offers high speed and low latency which allows faster and more reliable connectivity and high-quality video transmission. Due to this, broadcasting events even in 8K has been possible which has taken the live streaming experience to a whole other level.

Further, broadcasters are moving beyond live events broadcasting and turning towards Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) in their broadcasting services. This technology offers an immersive experience to audiences who consume content through live broadcasting. VR and AR are bringing the audience closer to the event than ever before allowing them to be part of the event in action. This makes them feel more connected to the event and part of the community.

2. Remote Production and Cloud-Based Solutions

Traditional barriers to remote production, such as technology limitations, have been overcome, allowing live event decentralization. This shift has enabled cloud resources, mobile presentation feeds, and innovative solutions like flyback galleries. This shift has made it easier to produce live events remotely for outside broadcast trucks, without sacrificing the quality of the production or the number of viewers. Additionally, it has allowed live events to be produced in multiple areas at once, without investing in expensive equipment.

With the development of these technologies, it is possible to stream live events in real-time with minimal latency, allowing viewers to access the event from any device with an internet connection. This shift has also led to increased cost-efficiency, as event costs can now be shared across multiple locations. Additionally, 5G technology has proven to be a game-changer, enabling fast, low-latency, and reliable wireless connectivity for broadcast production, further enhancing outside broadcasting. These developments reflect a growing trend towards leveraging remote production and cloud-based technologies to enhance outside broadcast trucks efficiency and flexibility.

3. Sustainability and Green OB

The transition to sustainable OB has been accelerated by the need to address climate change and the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic. This approach involves reducing the carbon footprint associated with outside broadcast productions. This is done by implementing measures such as remote production techniques, the use of energy-efficient equipment for outside broadcast trucks and minimizing travel-related emissions. As an example, we can see many outside broadcasting service providers including SpringWatch are shifting to hydrogen-based power sources instead of fuel-based power sources for live streaming services.

Through these measures, sustainable outside broadcasting aims to achieve carbon neutrality and environmental sustainability without compromising live event quality.

4. Enhanced Viewer Engagement

In today’s media landscape simply presenting content to your audience is not enough. To take your viewers’ experience to the next level, outside broadcasters need to convert their passive audience into active members. And outside broadcasting service providers are integrating various technologies like live voting and quizzes to make their audience’s experience more interactive, engaging, and invested in the outcome. Through this they can also determine their audience preferences and foster a sense of community.

Furthermore, they can make them feel part of something special by integrating social media platforms with live streaming services. Content creators often host exclusive events and interactive sessions for their audiences to make them feel special. Through live voting, quizzes and Q&A sessions audiences can share their views and opinions about certain topics. Additionally, offering options like different viewing speeds or personalized recommendations ensures viewers can access content in a way that resonates with them.

Through this, viewers become active participants, shaping content, fostering community, and ultimately, deriving greater value from their interactions. This shift not only benefits viewers, but also empowers creators and platforms, building stronger connections and fostering sustainable audience engagement in the long run.

5. 8K and Beyond

Recent years have seen the growth of streaming services from HD to UHD and now to even up to 8K and beyond. This showcases the growing expectations of audiences who consume content and provide them with every minute detail as possible. Similarly, video codecs and streaming technologies have made significant progress to support large-scale 8K live streaming. Content creation, transmission, and playback are some of the considerations involved in the transition to 8K and beyond.

Higher resolutions, on the other hand, come with their own set of challenges, such as higher bandwidth requirements and costs of upgrading outside broadcast trucks. Again, compatible devices are required to support such high resolutions which might pose a challenge for current broadcasting service providers. Despite these challenges, advancements in video quality continue to push the boundaries of what is possible. This enhances the viewing experience for audiences around the world.

Wrapping Up

While many may argue that mobile journalism will eventually replace outside broadcast trucks. But there is more to OB trucks than meets the eye, as they offer benefits like on-the-go editing, switching between multiple cameras, remote broadcasting. They also allow journalists to capture higher quality footage with more control than a phone. OB trucks come with many additional features that phones don’t. These features include controlling lighting, sound, and other technical aspects of filming.

Additionally, they can provide a stable platform to film from, which is essential for clear footage. But for OB trucks to survive in the future they would have to meet audience expectations and evolve to higher streaming capabilities. This would give them leverage over their counterparts. As the industry continues to evolve, 8K resolution in live streaming is set to enhance audience viewing experience. This will set higher standards for content creation and delivery.

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