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The Horizon Virtual and Hybrid Streaming studio, a room set up with multiple computer screens and microphones

Horizon launches new digital and hybrid studio

Horizon Leeds has unveiled its new Virtual and Hybrid Streaming Studio.

The studio includes a multi 4K camera set up, in-ear and on-screen cues, control room and professional sound and lighting equipment onsite, allowing clients to deliver fully branded digital events.

The Leeds venue has partnered with FireFly Audio Visual Solutions Ltd to transform part of the Covid-secure venue into a streaming studio.

Multiple platform compatibility allows streaming from a wide range of video conferencing platforms including Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Google Hangouts.

Horizon Leeds is compliant with government guidance and is accredited under AIM Secure and the Good to Go industry standard.

Venue manager Natalie Pitts said: “Launching this new service is a very exciting landmark for Horizon Leeds. As a venue, we’ve always strived to have incredible technology onsite, and this is the next logical step for us with the current restrictions in place. It’s been a difficult time for the whole events industry, and not being able to host large events and conferences has been a real challenge. The team at NHS Confederation have had to think outside the box on how to bridge the gap to assist our clients as they transition into the virtual events world. Our streaming studio will allow our clients to deliver professional events online, whilst still encouraging a high level of delegate interaction on the platform.

"We're aware that there's added pressures when moving from the familiarity of live events to online ones, especially with so many variables at play including Wi-Fi strength, technical wizardry and navigating around different platforms. Our new service aims to mitigate these problems. With the Virtual and Hybrid Streaming Studio, clients can choose to bring presenters together onsite in our Covid-secure studio or have a mix of remote and live presenters and panellists.

"The studio will bring together Horizon’s knowledge on hosting five-star events with FireFly’s streaming and audio-visual expertise — combining the two makes for a perfect online or hybrid experience for the client and delegates alike.”