Bringing optimum live experience to the home and in-car environment with 4K/HDR and Hi-Resolution technologies

Berlin, 20 January 2017 Berlin Phil Media GmbH (BPM) have signed an agreement with Panasonic Corporation (Panasonic) to collaborate on the development of audio-visual technologies enhancing 4K/HDR video and hi-resolution audio platforms. The collaboration started on 1 January 2017, and will explore opportunities to bring a premium and authentic live concert hall experience to the home and in-car environment. As a subsidiary of the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation, BPM is responsible for the orchestra’s media productions.

As BPM’s “Technology and Development Partner”, Panasonic will provide the Berliner Philharmoniker’s video platform Digital Concert Hall (DCH) with state-of-the-art 4K/HDR video equipment such as broadcast cameras, mixers and monitors. The installation at the Berlin Philharmonie will start in July 2017, and the new video studio will go into operation with the 2017/2018 concert season. The DCH will then broadcast highest quality 4K/HDR video concert recordings in enhanced audio formats.

Furthermore, Panasonic and Technics, the high-end audio brand of Panasonic, will collaborate with BPM to realise an authentic concert hall experience on the latest Panasonic video and audio equipment at home and in the in-car environment. The artistic intentions of the musicians will be reproduced by jointly evaluating the technological process of recording, editing and mixing, and optimising playback.

In addition to Panasonic, BPM is also supported by the Japanese telecommunications company Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ). As its “Streaming Partner”, IIJ provides the DCH with its cloud network and latest streaming technology, which allow the realisation of high data volume transfer e.g. for 4K video streaming. Olaf Maninger, principal cello, member of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s media board and managing director of BPM: “With the integration of a new 4K Video-Studio we will accomplish another technological milestone in our media activities. Panasonic will help us to achieve this vision with their excellent recording technology. Together, we look to the future and will bring our music to our fans all over the world in the best possible quality.”

Michiko Ogawa, executive officer of Panasonic: “Technics and the Berliner Philharmoniker share a common philosophy and the spirit of rediscovery: Just like the orchestra always revitalises and reinterprets old masterpieces, Technics developed the analogue turntable that meets the values of the high resolution digital era. We are convinced that the cooperation with the Berliner Philharmoniker will inspire us to create new values."


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