26 Jun 2020

Sky Production Services has announced the successful roll-out of its new Virtual Production Suite (Sky VPS). 

Created by Sky’s Technical Operations team, the new suite includes technologies that have been adapted, modified, or built from scratch in order to provide a safe content production environment and to support remote working. 

The system was put into use 10 days into the lockdown period, but Sky says the project was originally mapped out for completion in the coming years, and is available to producers at home using laptops, tablets and mobile phones. It has since been put to use for Sky Sports' The Football Show which debuted during the lockdown, and later sparking the creation of ‘watchalongs’ where iconic moments - such as Ben Stokes’ Ashes heroics at Headingley - were replayed with input in real-time from key participants, broadcasters and celebrities.

“The platform demonstrates Sky at it’s very best,” said James Clement, Director of Operations, Sky Production Services. “Giving our teams the ability to continue working safely with innovative tech was the primary goal and the results have been super impressive.” 

Sky says the system features a live production suite with 10 virtual control rooms and 48 virtual workstations and 48 direct-to-workstation connections to allow for remote editing, simultaneous live programming, and live clipping distribution directly to social media platforms. 

Sky Production Services says it has no plans to abandon Sky VPS once the pandemic is over, stating the platform will be used and further developed to become an integral part of the broadcaster’s system.

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