The start of a broadcasting revolution? High praise for Stagebox as millions are brought the Glastonbury experience at home even quicker than before.
Broadcasting festivals has always been a costly and complex operation but now, after experiencing success at Glastonbury, Stagebox technology enables significant time and cost savings for large outside broadcasting operations.
How is this technology so successful?
Almost every aspect of production when using Stagebox is streamlined and provided at a lower cost. More inexpensive switches, wiring and routers are used instead of comparatively expensive SDI networks and the ability to transmit large amounts of data (1000mbps of AVCi content) either over LAN or Wide Area Network to an editing office allows for the significant reduction of production crew onsite. This focus on IP connectivity in particular provides the crux for Stagebox’s success, as the ability to virtualise Outside Broadcasting (OB) studios to a remote controller in an office elsewhere not only grants the reduction in personnel but also allows for a much quicker post-production workflow as the availability of audio-visual content for editing is near instantaneous.
But what if Stagebox’s influence expanded?
Below is a list of the top festivals by attendance (estimated figures are calculated by daily attendance multiplied by the amount of days of the show):
|Glastonbury – UK||525,000||BBC|
|Sziget – Hungary||455,000||MTV Live HD Europe|
|Roskilde – Denmark||440,000||DR|
|Rock Werchter – Belgium||354,000||VRT|
|Exit – Serbia||300,000||MTV Europe|
|Rock al Parque – Columbia||255,000||Canal Capital|
|T in the Park – UK||225,000||BBC|
|Reading/Leeds – UK||225,000||BBC|
|Coachella – USA||225,000||Live Webcast / YouTube|
|Pukkelpop – Belgium||187,500||SB.TV|
Following successful trials by the BBC of Stagebox, we expect many more broadcasters to employ this technology for similar events in the future.
The world’s largest music festivals are mostly recorded by public service broadcasters. For example, Roskilde is broadcast by the Danish Broadcasting Corporation and Rock Werchter by VRT Flemish Radio and Television Broadcasting Association. An adoption of Stagebox by the major broadcasters could certainly set the ball rolling with regards to other festivals being broadcasted in the same manner.
At the moment, the filming and broadcast quality of smaller festivals is lower than that of the big network coverage in larger ones. Live webcasts remain restricted in streaming quality (with 720p often being the highest quality) and it is challenging to edit and costly if the production team is onsite, so using Stagebox can greatly increase the overall quality, streamline broadcast workflows and make such projects more affordable.
Finally, there is a lot of hope to be gained from the successful emergence of Stagebox. Smaller festivals across the world that many people would never have seen or heard of (such as Beijing Pop in China or Beirut Nights in Lebanon) could now be filmed and broadcasted much more easily with the streamlined workflow and reduced costs. Soon, perhaps countless more would be given the chance to discover new cultures and traditions. And Stagebox could help the world become even more connected than before.