Kalpnik Technologies headquartered out of Bangalore, leverages Virtual and Augmented Reality to help deliver immersive and Interactive experiences for users.
The VR services arm of the company has shot and produced live matches in 180* Starting with the 1st match on 23rd March between CSK and RCB in Chennai.
Commenting on the partnership, Debashish Ghosh, Sr VP, & Head of XR Studio @Hotstar said that Hotstar was looking for a company with the capabilities and understanding of producing content in VR for IPL. “We were pleasantly surprised to find an Indian company with end to end capabilities and tremendous knowledge and experience of the VR space and more importantly their understanding of the game. Their extremely down to earth approach and professionalism coupled with a live demo from Wankhede stadium at the 1stmeeting had us convinced that they would be a good partner. They have streamed 7 matches in 180 on our app and will be streaming the finals on Sunday, 12th May from Hyderabad. The customer offtake and experience has been extremely encouraging. The director’ cut, especially, evolved the viewer experience to the next level. You can now as a Hotstar user, watch the match on your mobile in 180 and get a real time panoramic view of what’s happening in front of you in the stadium along with a Picture-in picture’ frame’ of the key action on the field.”
Ashwani Garg – CEO & Co Founder of Kalpnik Technologies Pvt. Ltd said “It is a privilege for Kalpnik Technologies to be able to work with an innovative company like Hotstar to redefine user experience in Cricket.
Having invested in state-of-the-art live recording and streaming cameras and real time editing solutions covering large events in live like the Kumbh mela, Mysore Dusshera,Ganesh Visrajan we were confident that we could leverage that experience for sports and other verticals.I am really grateful to Hotstar for trusting us and giving us the opportunity to prove our mettle.From rigging the stadiums with multiple cameras, live streaming content for over 3 hours to delivering a Director’s cut, to logistics to cover stadiums across the country- the experience was truly challenging and yet a highly gratifying one.
The expertise for Live streaming in VR, be it for large sporting events, Music concerts etc. till now existed only with International companies.Now Kalpnik can deliver the same for India and the region, far more effectively.Sports like Football, Boxing, Kabbadi, Horse racing etc will be great experiences in VR/ 360.On a lighter note ‘many people in our company who were not Cricket fans actually watched the 180 experience and are now avid followers of IPL 2019, in Hotstar.’ He added