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Cartier Queens Cup 2020 Polo Tournament is the First Multi-Camera Sports Production Using LiveU LU800 Posted: 15/09/2020
Cartier Queens Cup 2020 Polo Tournament is the First Multi-Camera Sports Production Using LiveU LU800

This year’s Cartier Queen's Cup 2020 Polo Tournament, organised by the Guards Polo Club, based in Windsor, UK, was the first sporting event to take advantage of LiveU’s game-changing, multi-camera LU800 capabilities. The event was streamed live to viewers on the Guards TV website and a leading sports channel in Latin America. The event was covered using four cameras with the live feeds streamed in low delay from the UK to the production studio in South Africa.

Tags: remote production | sport | cellular bonding | multi-camera
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LiveU and Grabyo Announce Partnership for Simplified Cloud-based Live Productions Posted: 23/06/2020
LiveU and Grabyo Announce Partnership for Simplified Cloud-based Live Productions

LiveU and Grabyo have teamed up for broadcasting and sports partners, and anyone sharing content online, to provide a simplified end-to-end solution for live video productions, based on their integrated cloud-based technologies.

Enabling remote production and cloud editing from anywhere in the world, the solution is particularly relevant in today’s COVID-19 environment, where video editors and producers need to create live programming from their home studios and other remote locations.

The solution combines Grabyo’s cloud-native SaaS platform, providing a range of digital video production and publishing tools such as editing, clipping and highlights, with LiveU’s broadcast-quality live video solutions, ranging from its professional-grade hardware HEVC field units and Solo wireless video encoder to its LU-Smart app for smartphones.

Tags: cellular bonding | cloud | cloud editing | sport | sport production | editing
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LiveU Launches the LU800 First Production-Level Field Unit Posted: 02/06/2020
LiveU Launches the LU800 and ndash; First Production-Level Field Unit

LiveU today unveiled its all-in-one production-level field unit for live news and sports coverage. The LU800 combines multi-camera production and superior video and audio capabilities with mission-critical transmission in a native 5G unit. Designed from the ground up to unlock 5G potential, the unit offers unparalleled quality of service and resiliency.

The LU800 supports up to four fully frame-synced feeds in high resolution from a single unit, using powerful IP bonding of up to 14 connections. The unit also offers the highest-quality video performance, with up to 4Kp60 10-bit HDR transmission for optimal color depth and richness, as well as up to 16 audio channels for high-end productions.

Tags: 5G | cellular bonding | multi-camera | sports | LiveU Central
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LiveU TV Brings Compelling Digital Stories to Social Media Posted: 26/05/2020
LiveU TV Brings Compelling Digital Stories to Social Media

LiveU has helped customers captivate audiences using live video for over a decade. Now the company is launching a series of original live programs under the LiveU TV umbrella to educate, inspire, and engage with viewers at home. The shows, presented on LiveU’s official Facebook page, are produced remotely using the latest LiveU innovations including mobile field units, the LU-Smart app, IFB and Video Return.

In this time of social distancing, Stay Connected spotlights customers creating unique live content for corporate, house of worship, government, nonprofit, and a host of other markets to stay connected with their communities. The LiveU Sports Show highlights what sports customers like the WWE, New York Jets, NASCAR, and others have produced using LiveU technology and what they are doing now to continue to generate content and connect with fans while sports are sidelined.

Tags: cellular bonding | social media | HEVC | phone app
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LiveU HEVC Technology Supports Unique Live Coverage of NASA Astronauts Journey to SpaceX Launch Pad for Historic Mission Posted: 20/05/2020
LiveU HEVC Technology Supports Unique Live Coverage of NASA Astronauts Journey to SpaceX Launch Pad for Historic Mission

LiveU is proud to assist NASA TV with transmitting live video of the journey of NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley on the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, lifting off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center on May 27th. The historic event marks the first time US Astronauts travel to the International Space Station from US soil in nearly nine years. The NASA TV crew will use a LiveU LU600 4K HEVC field unit to document the astronauts’ trip from the holding area to the rocket ship launch pad and subsequent launch. LiveU Matrix, the company’s IP content management and distribution solution, will power the worldwide distribution of multiple positioned pool cameras – provided by the Central Florida Media Committee – to cover the milestone launch.

Tags: HEVC | cellular bonding | content management | content distribution
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Live Coverage During the COVID-19 Crisis - German Broadcaster Deutsche Welle Deploys LiveU technology for Remote Productions from Home Offices Posted: 05/05/2020
Live Coverage During the COVID-19 Crisis - German Broadcaster Deutsche Welle Deploys LiveU technology for Remote Productions from Home Offices

The foreign news channel Deutsche Welle, headquartered in Germany, is relying more than ever on LiveU’s mobile IP broadcasting technology to maintain and expand its global live coverage during the current coronavirus crisis. While the delivery of trustworthy news in real-time remains the first priority, Deutsche Welle’s worldwide reporters and correspondents are working under difficult conditions with many of them being locked down at home and unable to access a studio. This is why Deutsche Welle draws on LiveU equipment even more frequently than usual these days for flexible, location-independent production solutions. As an early adopter of innovative broadcast technology, the station has been building a comprehensive LiveU infrastructure with the help of Netorium, LiveU’s local partner in Germany.

Tags: News | Smartphone | cellular bonding | remote production
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SBS Korea Delivers Highest-Quality 5G Live Streaming of South Korea Historic Election Using LiveU Solutions Posted: 24/04/2020
SBS Korea Delivers Highest-Quality 5G Live Streaming of South Korea and rsquo;s Historic Election Using LiveU Solutions

SBS (Seoul Broadcasting System), a leading national South Korean television and radio network, turned to LiveU’s integrated 5G technology for its live election day coverage in South Korea last week, utilizing the advantages of KT’s (Korea Telecom’s) premium live broadcasting solution with its 5G network. SBS chose LiveU for its field-proven video transmission quality and reliability, provided by its core HEVC hardware encoding.

SBS deployed LiveU’s 5G-integrated high-end LU600 HEVC units in the most congested areas, representing the first broadcaster to leverage KT’s 5G-Premium QoS solution. Live streaming provided by the MNG (mobile newsgathering) units reached the highest performance levels. SBS was able to secure the new network path, guaranteeing fast and reliable connection without any interruptions. In other congested areas, SBS used LiveU’s compact LU300 HEVC units together with the LiveU Xtender integrated antenna solution to maximize the network capture, ensuring high-quality streams.

Tags: 5G | cellular bonding | HEVC | news
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Shine TV Deploys LiveU-Powered Smartphone Rigs for ITV Doc A Very British Lockdown: Diaries from the Frontline Posted: 22/04/2020
Shine TV Deploys LiveU-Powered Smartphone Rigs for ITV Doc A Very British Lockdown: Diaries from the Frontline

Shine TV, part of the Endemol Shine Group, has created an innovative documentary about these difficult times using LiveU’s LU-Smart mobile app to do so, fully adhering to current COVID-19 lockdown rules in the UK. Called A Very British Lockdown: Diaries from the Frontline, which aired on April 21st on ITV, one of the UK’s main terrestrial channels, it follows NHS staff, nursing home workers as well as members of the public to reflect the reality of current lives.

Executive Producer Tom Hutchings at Shine TV, says, “A lot of productions have been put on hold, for obvious reasons. Networks are now faced with finding content to fill their schedules. Production companies are trying their best not to shut up shop, adjusting to new ways of working to make compelling TV in the current climate while adhering to government restrictions. This is what we have done with this documentary, creating TV simply with LiveU technology that provides a real cross section of what’s happening. It means we can stay safe and ensure we capture great content. Everything in the film – with the exception of GVs (general views) – was shot through the app.”

Drawing on their experience in making technically challenging productions such as Celebrity Hunted and The Heist, which utilised LiveU’s technology, Shine TV began to develop a workflow to allow remote filming by members of the public while maintaining editorial quality.

Tags: Cellular bonding | smartphone | remote production | ITV
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The Changing State of Live During the COVID-19 Crisis Posted: 07/04/2020
The Changing and lsquo;State of Live and rsquo; During the COVID-19 Crisis

Health and safety is now the number one priority globally with the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Social distancing, lockdowns and quarantines have increased the need for remote reporting, fueling demand for live streaming, mobile apps and live IP video sharing solutions. LiveU is today presenting an interim ‘State of Live’ report showing the trends over the last five weeks as the coronavirus continues to impact the world. This special LiveU report is based on data generated from its global customer base.

Live sessions via the LiveU Central management platform have more than doubled, with the number of users increasing by 30%. The average number of sessions by users has also doubled with TV crews, talk show hosts and other personalities using HEVC bonded field units for round-the-clock reporting and productions from remote locations, including from studios set-up in their own homes. The US saw the greatest increase in session duration, followed by Japan and India.

Mobile apps are in demand more than ever and there’s been a huge growth in the use of LU-Smart bonded transmission technology for smartphones. LiveU has seen a 150% growth in app units and sessions. Mobile journalists and others are covering live news and virtual events from home or other locations using their own mobile device. The LiveU app is becoming a critical part of the broadcast workflow with TV show hosts transmitting video feeds to the studio via their mobile phone.

Tags: Cellular bonding; COVID-19 | live streaming | HEVC
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LiveU Remote At-Home Production Helps Tencent Bring Speed Skating Race Live to Viewers in China Posted: 31/03/2020
LiveU Remote At-Home Production Helps Tencent Bring Speed Skating Race Live to Viewers in China

Following the International Skating Union (ISU)’s postponement of the 2020 World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in South Korea, the China Short Track Speed Skating team decided to go ahead and organize a ‘Simulation Game of the ISU Championships’ in Beijing. Tencent Sports, the main broadcaster responsible for the live production and public broadcast, turned to LiveU to implement a remote production solution, deploying only the necessary equipment on site, including the cameras and wireless transmission units. All the rest, including production, contribution and distribution, was handled by Tencent personnel back in the studio in Tencent’s technical center.

This was challenging work within the strict limitations of the COVID-19 outbreak. The event organizer closed the stadium, didn’t allow an audience to minimize the risk of people gathering in one place, and limited the number of essential staff onsite. Tencent Sports used four LiveU LU600 HEVC bonding units, which provided solid high-quality live video streams with low delay. All the streaming came to a single high-density LiveU server, with the same delay, optimizing LiveU’s Precision Timing™ in its at-home production solution. With support from China Unicom, 5G signal was also available in the field – all the LiveU units combined both 4G and 5G connectivity to ensure optimal streaming conditions.

Tags: Sport | remote production | 5G | cellular bonding
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Shine TV Expands Innovative Use of LiveU Technology Across Series 2 of The Heist and Series 3 of Celebrity Hunted. Posted: 13/02/2020
Shine TV Expands Innovative Use of LiveU Technology Across Series 2 of The Heist and Last Year and rsquo;s Series 3 of Celebrity Hunted

After the success of the first series of The Heist, Sky has commissioned a second series from leading UK production company Shine TV, with this airing from February 6th on Sky One. Once again Shine turned to LiveU to create an innovative production gallery, as well capturing onscreen footage, with the company also deploying LiveU to create a flexible nationwide filming and comms system for its series, Hunted and Celebrity Hunted. LiveU’s UK partner Garland Partners oversaw technology supply and provided support.

The filming of this year’s series of The Heist, which took place in and around Alnwick, Northumberland, UK, differed in two main ways from the first: the use of HEVC via five LU600 units and five LU300s; and a significant increase in the use of LiveU’s smartphone app LU-Smart with a 30 per cent growth in footage captured using this technology.

Filming The Heist has unique challenges as a group of thieves – nine members of the public split into four teams of two and one operating alone – takes part in a bank job to steal £1m. If they do this successfully and manage to keep the cash for 20 days, while being pursued by former real-world detectives, then it’s theirs to keep. The challenge comes in having the producer/directors – or storytellers – be able to see what the main camera teams are shooting while also being able to see what the thieves are up to in order to tell the best story possible. As well as the low-res feeds from the main cameras, the thieves used mobile phones and the LU-Smart app to send footage back to the low-res production gallery with that footage also stored on the phones for use in the show.

Tags: cellular bonding | smartphone | HEVC | production gallery
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LiveU Collaborates on Two Additional Pan-European EU 5G projects Posted: 04/02/2020
LiveU Collaborates on Two Additional Pan-European EU 5G projects

LiveU has increased its collaboration with leading European partners on 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects, testing and validating content contribution and media production use cases over advanced 5G Release 16 testbeds. The projects’ goals are to provide the broadcast community and other verticals with insights into 5G performance in real-world scenarios. The projects are funded by Horizon 2020, the biggest EU Research and Innovation program.

Tags: 5G | cellular bonding | EU | 5G networks | network slicing
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LIVEU CABSAT 2020 PREVIEW Posted: 03/02/2020
LIVEU CABSAT 2020 PREVIEW

At this year’s CABSAT, LiveU will be demonstrating its powerful live IP bondingtechnology, taking advantage of the faster speeds and guaranteed high bandwidthoffered by 5G networks. The upcoming Summer Games in Tokyo and UEFA EURO 2020 offertremendous opportunities for leveraging 5G bonding technology for dynamic, round-the-clockcoverage of the teams, athletes and fans.

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: cellular bonding | HEVC | newsgathering | sport | streaming | broadcast
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LIVEU NAB 2020 PREVIEW Posted: 29/01/2020
LIVEU NAB 2020 PREVIEW LiveU is taking center court to demonstrate the latest IP technology poised to change the rules of the game for broadcasters, sports producers, and content creators. This year, visitors to the LiveU booth will be able to experience a live video production featuring a complete Wireless At-Home Production solution in the LiveU Courtside Studio. Attendees can immerse themselves in the dynamic live multi-cam basketball court and studio, shoot some hoops, and see how the entire production can be accomplished easily, affordably and in high quality using LiveU’s breakthrough IP video technology. The LiveU Courtside Studio will also host live streamed interviews with innovators in content production, plus some special surprise guests.
Tags: Cellular bonding | remote production | HEVC | content sharing
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LiveU Announces New Customer in Japan - AbemaTV Posted: 23/01/2020
LiveU Announces New Customer in Japan - AbemaTV

LiveU has announced that one of Japan’s leading video streaming channels, AbemaTV, is implementing LiveU cellular bonding technology to produce its online news and entertainment business. AbemaTV is using over 20 LiveU field units, including the LU600 HEVC, combined with the LiveU Central cloud management platform to live stream shows and events from various venues and outdoor sites. On the ground support and service is provided by LiveU’s longstanding Japanese partner, Sanshin Electronics Company.

AbemaTV has been using LiveU since the start in 2016. The internet TV service chose LiveU for its high quality and reliability as well as its cost-effective receiver (LiveU Central) having tested several mobile bonding products. Today the channel broadcasts up to 20 channels for free, featuring original drama, news, sports, live contents and more.

Tags: cellular bonding | live streaming | HEVC
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