Radio has always had the opportunity to simulcast an audio program with television or a radio source different than the program originator, however, now, a Sheridan Broadcasting executive says he’s brought simulcasting technology a step further.
Through his tech company C360, Sheridan General Counsel and Radio Division President Ron Davenport Jr. has a patent for a technology that provides radio stations with a video stream that is synchronized with the radio audio; consumers can watch the stream on the station website.
United States Patent number 8,560,718, “Wired Internet Network System for the Internet Video Streams of Radio Stations,” uses a special automation system with audio and video switching capabilities to provide users with multimedia video streams; the streams can be sent to multiple platforms like a station website, cellphones and cable television subscribers.
The technology is about to get a real-world test with what the partners are calling a “customized” concert experience.
WQED(FM), Pittsburgh, is airing a concert on July 6 by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. C360 will stream the concert live to WQED’s website using its new technology. The C360 camera “allows viewers to be in control of their individual concert experience,” according to the participants.
C360 provides real-time video control to the end user by way of multiview 360-degree action with unlimited angles and viewers, as well as integrated tracking capability to follow objects and people, according to the company.
WQED’s Jim Cunningham will host the stream. Viewers will need Adobe Flash installed on their computer or mobile device to view the stream. Most Apple mobile devices will not be compatible.
The video Web stream of Pittsburgh Symphony’s July 6 concert begins at 8:15 p.m. Visit www.wqed.org or www.pittsburghsymphony.org/hartwood to watch the concert. The performance also will be broadcast live on WQED 89.3 MHz.