ETV-Llobregat TV broadcasted a cultural event live from Barcelona, using the Internet for signal transmission in broadcast quality.
Last November, the ETV-Llobregat TV channel broadcasted on digital terrestrial the cultural event Nueva Ágora. The event, featuring urban dance, poetry and sound and visual interaction by several artists from different countries, was celebrated at the Contemporary Culture Center, in Barcelona. The event was broadcasted live using the Internet for the first time. The signal was transferred through VSNIPTRANSFER using a 2Mbps symmetrical Internet network and a 1, 5 Mbps encoding profile.
VSNIPTRANSFER's functionality to perform live transmissions in broadcast quality over P2P networks (broadcast ready to be received by several points at once), derives from the Cultura Live R&D project, developed in collaboration with the i2CAT research center, the TDI (Independent Digital Televisions) entrepreneurial group and the DMAG (Distributed Multimedia Applications Group), from the UPC (Polytechnic University of Catalonia). The success of this project gives great support to the local TV business model as it generates a new market of contents; it brings important savings in signal transport over the satellite, and allows promoting local live events internationally.
The Cultura Live project, which finished last July, was 50% sponsored by the European Fund for Regional Development within the framework Operative Program Objective 2 of Regional Competitiveness and Occupation of Catalonia FEDER 2007-2013 through the Department of Government of the Generalitat de Catalunya.