ITV Studios Deploys Hybrid OB Vehicles for Increased Efficiency Complete with Combined LiveU Ka-band Cellular Bonding Technology

Date: 15/03/2018
ITV Studios Deploys Hybrid OB Vehicles for Increased Efficiency Complete with Combined LiveU Ka-band Cellular Bonding Technology

ITV Studios’ Daytime team – with programmes such as Good Morning Britain and This Morning – decided in 2017 that they wanted to reduce their environmental impact and after much research, opted to deploy a combination of hybrid fuel vehicles and LiveU technology to achieve their aim. LiveU UK partner Garland Partners worked closely with systems integrator Broadcast Wireless Systems to allow ITV Studios to achieve this.

ITV Studios’ Daytime team regularly rely on outside broadcasts from across the UK and Europe and had been using traditional satellite vehicles to broadcast live on location, covering tens of thousands of miles a year. Having completed their research, they opted for four Mitsubishi Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles.

However, they also wanted to increase the efficiency of their broadcast transmission technology, both in terms of less energy and also operational cost savings. Working with Garland, they deployed LiveU technology as the answer. LiveU’s solutions allow ITV to use both cellular and Ka-band satellite for added resilience and quality.

Each hybrid vehicle is IP-based and equipped with an auto-pointing Explorer 8100 satellite dish from Cobham that works to open up an internet data path to the on-board LiveU transmission equipment for areas where there is insufficient cellular coverage. Instead of beaming pictures out via satellite alone, the LiveU unit aggregates all available bandwidth and sends pictures back to ITV’s studio via multiple internet paths, where the signals are then reconstructed to present the programme content live and in low delay. Each vehicle is fitted with LiveU’s flagship LU600 model, with each unit also able to also be attached to a camera or carried in a backpack.

The LU600 is field upgradable to H.265 HEVC, continuing LiveU’s adoption of the latest encoding standards and providing support for Store and Forward using the same video card. This has allowed ITV to adopt the latest compression technology without having to reinvest in new hardware.

“With the total package, we’ve not only increased our efficiency, we’ve also gained agility — a key factor in keeping our viewers up to date with the latest news and events,” says Tim Guilder, Technology Manager, ITV Studios Daytime. “Because the LiveU solutions work outside the vehicle, we can remove them quickly when we need to follow a story on foot. If we can’t get parked or need to make our way through a crowd, we can take any of these LiveU solutions with us. This is how we could transmit an extended Good Morning Britain story from the scene of the Westminster attacks in London last year.”

Ronen Artman, VP or Marketing with LiveU, said, “This is an impressive development from ITV Studios and we’re very proud our technology is involved and with the work that Broadcast Wireless Systems and Garland have carried out. It’s good to see such a forward-thinking broadcaster in the market.”



Tags: Cellular bonding. acquisition | uplinking | contribution | news | HEVC | 4K | satellite | Ka-band
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British Film Institute (BFI) Digitising Videotape with Bluefish444 IngeSTore to Preserve Precious UK Video Heritage Posted: 11/12/2018
British Film Institute (BFI) Digitising Videotape with Bluefish444 IngeSTore to Preserve Precious UK Video Heritage

Founded in 1933, the British Film Institute (BFI) is the leading body for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive, encompassing a range of cultural, creative and industrial roles for film production, distribution, exhibition and education in order to advance the position of film in the UK.

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RCF Group Announces the Acquisition of DPA Microphones Posted: 11/12/2018
RCF Group Announces the Acquisition of DPA Microphones
RCF Group, one of the fastest growing organizations in the Pro Audio market, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement for the acquisition of DPA Microphones A/S ("DPA") from The Riverside Company.
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Marshall Electronics Compact Broadcast POV Cameras Bring Viewers Up Close and Personal to University of Florida Sports Telecasts Posted: 11/12/2018
Marshall Electronics Compact Broadcast POV Cameras Bring Viewers Up Close and Personal to University of Florida Sports Telecasts

As the remote broadcast coordinator at the University of Florida (UF), Kyle Monroe and his Gator colleagues engineer and produce all of the ESPN/SEC Network and the GatorVision VideoBoard broadcasts for many of the school’s Division I sports, including men’s and women’s basketball, football, baseball, softball, volleyball, gymnastics, soccer and lacrosse. In an effort to bring viewers closer than ever to the action and provide angles never before attainable, the University turned to the CV343-CSB and CV502-WPMB compact broadcast POV cameras, and CV-RCP-100 camera controller from Marshall Electronics.

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Leading Japanese video transmission company picks Nevion Virtuoso for 4K UHD broadcast contribution Posted: 11/12/2018
Leading Japanese video transmission company picks Nevion Virtuoso for 4K UHD broadcast contribution

Nevion, award-winning provider of virtualized media production solutions, today announced that a leading Japan-based global video transmission company (which cannot be named for commercial reasons), has chosen Nevion’s software-defined media node, Virtuoso, for 4K/UHD broadcast contribution with TICO encoding. Initially, Virtuoso is used by the company to transport signals over legacy dark fiber, with a migration to IP expected in the future.

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