Remote Collaborative Real-Time Multimedia Experience over the Future Internet

ROMEO will bring new 3D media (3D multi-view video and spatial audio) to European citizens at home as well as on the move. In order to deliver the high bandwidth high quality 3D media to mobile and fixed users with guaranteed minimum Quality of Experience for all users, ROMEO will combine the DVB technology with the peer to peer (P2P) Internet technology.

In ROMEO, the broadcaster can deliver high quality stereoscopic 3D content, to the users and at the same time stream a set of supplementary 3D multi-view content (e.g. additional viewpoints with their respective spatial audio), through a master peer to the other peers on the tree. The peers can also acquire relevant information about the broadcast 3D media through other peers or other points on the Internet.

The end-point peers will also serve mobile devices with wireless access in a dedicated network, which can access the adapted and post-processed content. Peers located at the network edges will also perform various adaptations, by deploying users' equipment virtualisation layer to eliminate the need for receiver set-top boxes and complicated equipment set-up, speeding up the user take up of cost effective high quality 3D media consumption.

The ROMEO project will therefore have three distinctive user types namely, users at fixed locations (home users) with high-end 3D media equipment, users with portable equipment such as laptops and finally mobile users with smart phones. The home users will be served by DVB-T2 and P2P with DVB-T2 stereoscopic video and spatial audio as the minimum guaranteed quality. The users with portable laptops will be connected to wireless hot spots for more views and the DVB-NGH (Next-Generation Handheld) providing stereoscopic video and spatial audio as the minimum service guarantee. Finally, the mobile users with smart phones will connect to the wireless hot-spot as default but then will be served by their own cellular network operators if hot-spots are not available.

ROMEO is co-funded by the European Commission's ICT FP7 Networked Media research programme