IDEAL SYSTEMS COMPLETES NEW BUILD FOR TENCENT’S REALITY TV SERIES, “THE 15 OF US”

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Ideal Systems provided the turnkey solution for Tencent’s new live-on-air TV Show, “The 15 of Us”. The show is a collaboration with Dutch media provider Talpa and loosely based on their hit reality show “Utopia”, which has rolled out in the Netherlands, US, and Canada with shows soon to broadcast in Turkey, Germany, and Romania.

“The 15 of Us” brings together 15 individuals from across China in an isolated mountain region in Tong Lu where they must work together to create a self-sustaining society to earn money and realise their personal dreams. As many as 100,000 individuals applied to be on the show and is recognised as the first show of this scale to be developed primarily for digital broadcasting.

The show is recognised as the first of this scale to be developed primarily for digital broadcasting. Tencent Online Video Department Director Sang Soo Lei said , “ ‘The 15 of Us’ is a first in China to adopt cutting-edge live streaming technology and a content management system of this scale. Partnering with Ideal Systems’ expertise and proven track record in implementing many first-time projects gave us the confidence to sucessfully deliver the show on time amidst the pressure and anticipation.”

The facility covers an impressive 1.5 hectares with 120 remotely controlled HD cameras, 24 wireless and 56 shotgun microphones with a customised receiver network, and additional wireless and lighting equipment for extended coverage. The new build also supports a complete and versatile video production and content management system, power and ventilation, a post-production facility, central equipment room, and a master control room to manage the show’s on-going live feed.

“The Tencent project is a new direction for our business, and shows that Ideal Group has the capability to implement state-of-the-art reality TV shows under difficult conditions. With the Asian reality TV market growing fast, Ideal Group is well positioned to help broadcasting companies design and expand this vertical.” said Jim Butler, Managing Director of Ideal Group.

The show encompasses live uninterrupted broadcasting via China Tencent’s online video streaming platform that caters to over 350 million views annually. In parallel, the footage is recorded through 4 video servers enabling post-editing for nationwide distribution to TV channels.

The Live feed can be viewed here