RTL enhances viewer participation in German elections through cloud-based technology

Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland has chosen LiveU Matrix and Blackbird to increase live coverage of this year’s regional elections. LiveU Matrix is a tool specialized in live video streaming and remote production solutions for the newsroom and Blackbird is a cloud-native video editing and publishing platform. Everything was managed by CBC, the production and technology/IT arm of RTL.

CBC used the LiveU Matrix IP for dynamic live news content sharing. Selected signals were then distributed to multiple receivers and broadcast on the national news as well as additional German broadcasters.

In parallel, the files were accessed in almost real-time using Blackbird’s cloud native editing platform. Remotely, safely and conveniently editors were able to rapidly and collaboratively clip, edit, enrich and publish highlights of the event.

Jens Schilder, Project Manager CBC, said, “We were looking for a quick and versatile solution that could integrate all the assets and components of election coverage, including the live feeds, recording and clippings, into a seamless viewer experience. This year is the first time that we did this kind of project and it was important for us to work with trusted partners who could provide an integrated end-to-end solution, with real-time support. LiveU and Blackbird met our requirements, enabling us to respond instantly with engaging coverage.”

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