July 16, 2021
Sky News, Singular.live and easylive.io Make History by Launching Full News Channel in Days
Singular.live, the pioneer of revolutionary cloud-based technology for live graphic overlays, and easylive.io, the leading cloud-based, all-in-one, streaming production studio, partnered with Sky News to launch a dedicated broadcast channel covering Derek Chauvin’s trial, for the George Floyd murder case, in a record-breaking nine days.
Sky News made the decision it was in the public interest to cover this trial but needed to do so rapidly. In one week, it went from concept to launching the channel using a complete cloud-based workflow, including video production and graphics from easylive.io and Singular.live, respectively. There was no need for any additional studio space or production staff.
easylive.io’s fully cloud-based, all-in-one, live production studio enabled the ingestion of multiple live sources, including the addition of remote commentators for live commentary. While Singular.live’s cloud-based graphics platform matched the main Sky News channel’s on-screen branding and graphics.
As easylive.io and Singular.live have been partners for several years, the platforms already worked together intuitively. Singular.live and easylive.io enabled Sky News to rapidly, cost-effectively and reliably deliver a full news channel, with minimal cost or operational impact. Using cloud-based cutting-edge workflows, a single operator was able to simply log in through a web browser and manage the entire channel.
By using easylive.io and Singular.live together, Sky News has demonstrated the potential for any broadcaster to easily and cost effectively launch and run a dedicated broadcast channel.
“The ability of Singular.live to create graphics and tickers in the cloud, without having to tie up expensive machinery, was important,” said Richard Pattison, Manager of News Technology, Sky News. “It was a very quick turnaround, from inception to going live in a matter of days, without any real difficulty.”
“Singular.live is the new industry standard for live graphic overlays,” said Andrew Heimbold, CEO, Singular.live. “Our technology enables Intelligent Overlays - live custom graphics that can be created and controlled from anywhere. Our platform’s full authoring environment enabled Sky News to effectively deliver the same high-quality channel branding via the cloud; without the need for investment into hardware or additional production staff.”
“Our platform is a fully cloud-based visual mixer,” said Philippe Laurent, CEO and Co-founder, easylive.io. “This enabled Sky News to simply switch live inputs, VODs, graphics and overlays. Sky News had the ability to easily mix everything in real-time in the cloud, so it could easily and rapidly deliver broadcast-grade live feeds – without the need for extra resources”.