Dublin’s Potential for Next-Gen Blended Entertainment


Posted March 31, 2023 in More

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At the forefront of Ireland’s entertainment and technological landscapes, Dublin’s place as a cultural hotspot is assured. A great deal of the fame and appreciation for the city is based on its history, which makes sense as it’s such a longstanding part of Ireland’s culture. The future of entertainment within Dublin, especially the live space, is looking to see some significant evolution within the next few years. Backed by a new generation of live technology, these new moves could open the doors to an enormous number of people who would miss out.

The Online Option

For the best look at what the future of Dublin’s live online entertainment arena could look like, it’s important to understand the cutting-edge of what we have. Some examples are found in online casino gaming, like the various forms of Paddy Power live blackjack. Versions like Multi-hand and Classic combine the convenience of at-home play with the realistic feel of a physical table thanks to the inclusion of real streamed dealers. Available over mobile and desktop systems, the broadly accessible new tech could serve as a launching point for the next leap forward.

Reach Matching Grasp

Live online casino gaming requires little in the way of bandwidth, but might not be as accurate for the next generations of live streaming systems. To cater to these requirements, Dublin will need to compete based on raw speed. As of this article, Speed Test rates demonstrate that the median download speed in Dublin is around 45 Mbps. This is fast enough for the majority of current ultra-HD video streaming content, but the same might not be true as technology develops.

VR as the Next Step

The coming leaps in live streaming will arise from more available VR recording equipment, which won’t add any bandwidth concerns to users, and VR capabilities, which will. VR for immersive streaming is without a doubt a more engaging way to take part in an event or activity. This is true for casino gaming and for the Festival of Curiosity or Culture Night. Adopting VR streaming at these venues would open the doors not just to the people of Ireland who couldn’t attend in person, but to international visitors who want to experience Ireland’s offering themselves.

Bandwidth concerns for VR are, however, much higher than those of regular streaming. According to Research Gate, the resolution and framerates which are needed for smooth and non-sickening VR would require bandwidth between 400-1000 Mbps, far beyond Dublin’s current median. This means that even if VR live-streaming was adopted, Dublin still has some catching up to do.

Dublin’s investment in faster fibre internet has been ongoing for some time, with providers like Enet and SERO working towards pushing their plans to as many users as possible. Increased availability should also lead to lower costs, making the new 1 Gbps standard achievable by more people. Constant improvements to VR headsets have lowered barriers to accessing a growing market with more user-friendly designs.

Together, these components mean that, within just a few years, being able to stream VR experiences will be easier than ever. From international fans of casino games to locals who can’t make it out to a festival this year, the landscape of remote streaming is ready for the next big step.

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