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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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Calrec CABSAT 2020 Show Preview Posted: 13/02/2020
Calrec CABSAT 2020 Show Preview

Exhibiting with GSL Professional stand 308

Type R

Calrec is showing its Type R modular, expandable, IP-based system at CABSAT. Type R makes use of standard networking technology and combines it with configurable soft panels that can be tailored to operator needs.

Type R’s physical control system consists of three slimline panels: a fader panel, a large soft panel and a small soft panel. Each is compatible with COTS hardware and powered over Ethernet to keep cabling to a minimum. At the heart of Type R is a simple 2U core with integrated I/O resources to get customers up and running immediately.

Calrec’s Brio console – immense power in a compact package

Calrec’s compact, high power Brio consoles are designed with versatility in mind to work across all different broadcast applications for everything from live sports to news and light entertainment. The Brio36 includes an impressive range of on board I/O so it’s operational straight out of the box. It also has full Hydra2 network compatibility and a sensitive price point that doesn’t reflect the full and rich broadcast feature set. The smaller Brio12 is only 484mm with standard trims and just 430mm with Calrec’s slim trim option.

Last year, Calrec upgraded the channel count for both the Brio36 and Brio12 with DSP expansion packs, bringing their channel counts from 64 to 96 inputs and 48 to 64 inputs, respectively.

Tags: CABSAT 2020 | CABSAT | audio | consoles | AoIP
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Devin Barnhart, A1 Mixer - A Calrec craft interview Posted: 05/02/2020
Devin Barnhart, A1 Mixer - A Calrec craft interview

Devin Barnhart, A1 Mixer, discusses his audio life and working with Calrec tech. 

Tags: audio | consoles | audio mixing | Calrec
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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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Taiwan-based 17 Live Enhances the Online Viewing Experience with LiveU Posted: 20/01/2020
Taiwan-based 17 Live Enhances the Online Viewing Experience with LiveU

One of Asia’s leading live streaming platforms has turned to LiveU’s HEVC IP bonding technology to provide high-quality live video coverage of its events. 17 Live is using LiveU’s leading LU600 HEVC units to transmit live coverage of the events direct to their 17 Channel, turning fans into loyal, long-term customers with engaging live online content. The deal has been overseen by LiveU’s local partner in Taiwan, Maxlink, which also provides 24/7 service and support.

With over a million daily active users and over 30 million users in total, 17 Live is one of the most popular live streaming apps in Taiwan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan. The app lets users share their daily moments via video streaming, and follow other streamers and friends. The platform also has a content revenue sharing model where users can share their content for effective monetization.

LiveU technology was chosen because of its quality and reliability even in challenging situations, such as crowded shopping malls, and ease of use.

Tags: cellular bonding | live streaming | HEVC
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Lance Gordon, co-owner Soundcheck Technologies, Emmy winner, talks modern mixing Posted: 15/01/2020
Lance Gordon, co-owner Soundcheck Technologies, Emmy winner, talks modern mixing

A Calrec craft interview: Lance Gordon, co-owner Soundcheck Technologies, Emmy winner, talks modern mixing

Tags: audio | audio mixing | consoles | audio routing | sports | music mixing
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LiveU Solo Helps Isha Foundation Connect with Millions of People in India and Around the World Posted: 14/01/2020
LiveU Solo Helps Isha Foundation Connect with Millions of People in India and Around the World

LiveU’s wireless video encoder, Solo, is being used by Isha Foundation – a non-profit, public service organization founded by Sadhguru – to connect with millions of well-wishers and volunteers in India and around the world. The Foundation uses Solo to stream live events, notably the night-long Mahashivaratri festival at Isha Yoga Center – which is watched by around 50 million viewers – and the Cauvery Calling and Rally for Rivers projects to revitalize India’s depleting rivers.

Rally for Rivers was launched by Sadhguru in September 2017 when he personally drove over 9300 kms in 30 days to raise awareness about the dire situation of Indian rivers. Today it is the world’s largest ecological movement, supported by over 162 million people, and is a major force in shaping river revitalization policy in national governments and world bodies such as the United Nations. Cauvery Calling is an on-ground implementation of Rally for Rivers, to revitalize river Cauvery, the lifeline for 84 million people in southern India.

Tags: cellular bonding | online media | India | live streaming | streaming
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CBC Radio-Canada and LiveU to Bring SMPTE ST 2110 Standard to State-of-the-Art New Montreal Broadcast Facility Posted: 09/01/2020
CBC Radio-Canada and LiveU to Bring SMPTE ST 2110 Standard to State-of-the-Art New Montreal Broadcast Facility

CBC/Radio-Canada has chosen LiveU as a technology supplier, adding LU600 HEVC field units, servers and supporting equipment to its operations. The development of a new state-of-the-art broadcast center in Montreal and the national public broadcaster’s mission to adhere to the SMPTE ST 2110 Standard prompted LiveU to partner with CBC/Radio-Canada to develop an IP-based solution. CBC/Radio-Canada facilities in Toronto and Montreal will carry LiveU gear and support broadcast, digital, and radio operations. LiveU Canadian Reseller Partner, DXM Technologies will support CBC/Radio-Canada on the ground.

Tags: cellular bonding | newsgathering | SMPTE 2110 | news | HEVC
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MBC TV Korea installs two Calrec Apollo consoles into flagship channel Posted: 09/01/2020
MBC TV Korea installs two Calrec Apollo consoles into flagship channel

Long-time Korean Calrec customer Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), which has an extensive installed base of Artemis and Apollo consoles, has once again turned to Calrec to satisfy its growing audio needs with the purchase of two additional Apollo consoles.

Ji-hun An, Audio Director, Sound Department at MBC TV, said, “Being very familiar with Calrec’s Artemis and Apollo consoles, we’re confident in the stability of the company’s technology, which is vital in a live environment. The Apollo surface is also easy to use and when working live because we frequently have to adjust parameters during a broadcast, including channel dynamics and routing. The Apollo’s control surface makes this simple, and it’s high DSP count means configuring it for different projects is straightforward.”

MBC acquired the two additional Apollos from Calrec for its flagship MBC TV channel. The first console is installed in studio C, which is used for the production and recording of live-to-tape UHD and HD current affairs and wider cultural content. The second is in studio E, where similar content is produced for live-to-air broadcasts. MBC use a fixed format MADI box for multi-track recording in both studios.

Tags: audio | consoles | MADI
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LiveU 2019 State of Live Report Confirms Continuous Strong Growth in Live IP Broadcasting Posted: 12/12/2019
LiveU 2019 State of Live Report Confirms Continuous Strong Growth in Live IP Broadcasting

LiveU today presents its annual ‘State of Live’ report based on data gathered from its global customer base of thousands of users. The findings reflect the substantial growth in IP news and sports broadcasting with a 50% increase in the number of LiveU units used to stream live events and 250% increase to around 20 million in live sessions overall.

HEVC continues to play a key role in live transmission, which is pivotal for live sports productions. This is due to the higher quality video performance and bandwidth efficiency enabled by HEVC technology. LiveU reports a 65% growth in HEVC units deployed worldwide and over 400% growth in HEVC-based sessions. Nearly 50% of the field units used to stream sports are HEVC-based with almost 80% of sports sessions transmitted in HD.

The increasing deployment of cellular bonding technology for live sport coverage has been evident worldwide. Following the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™, Kevin Callahan, VP, Field Operations & Engineering, Fox Sports said, “We always get energized if there is a huge buzz at home and this World Cup surpassed all our expectations with the success of the US Women’s soccer team. LiveU’s LU600 HEVC portable transmission unit provided the backbone for our ENG shoots that were not at the stadium, enabling us to increase the number of live feeds. We also sent content to multiple locations simultaneously using LiveU’s Matrix IP cloud video management platform, making the content available to Fox TV stations that wanted to integrate live shots into their newscasts.”

Tags: Cellular bonding. acquisition | contribution | news | sport | HEVC | 4K | 5G | IP
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Globecast strengthens Asian management team with appointment of Tan See Chai as Head Sales - Distribution Posted: 04/12/2019
Globecast strengthens Asian management team with appointment of Tan See Chai as Head Sales - Distribution

Globecast, the global solutions provider for media, has further strengthened its management team in Asia with the appointment of Tan See Chai as Head of Sales – Distribution.

Beginning at the start of January 2020 and based in Singapore, See Chai will report to Shakunt Malhotra, Globecast Asia MD. See Chai is responsible for sales of Globecast’s permanent distribution services to broadcasters, cable operators, news agencies, corporations as well as other relevant organisations across Asia and Asia-Pacific. This will include identifying and pursuing new business as well as maintaining and growing relationships with existing customers.

Malhotra said, “We are pleased to welcome Tan to this important role. He has huge experience across the satellite industry, in particular, and this will come to the fore in this multifaceted position. As well as liaising with new and existing customers, he will also work closely with our Singapore-based operations and engineering group – where one of our three global Media Centers is located – as well as liaising with key personnel in other Global Business Units located around the world.”

See Chai has over 25 years’ experience in the industry and was most recently Director of Sales with Telesat, a position he held for the past 30 months. In that role he was responsible for major satellite capacity sales across the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to that, he held a range of positions with Globecast, the last as Senior Director of Sales – Head of Occasional Services for Asia, a job he held for five years. He has also worked for Verestar and Echostar International, among others.

See Chai said, “I’m genuinely excited to be appointed to this important position with my extensive experience across the industry being recognised as being invaluable to the role. I already have extensive experience with the company and I look forward to helping Globecast attain further growth across its distribution business.”

Tags: Distribution | playout | media management | satellite | cable | pay-TV | DTH
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Film students at FAMU in Prague get a lesson in audio with Calrec Brio console Posted: 03/12/2019
Film students at FAMU in Prague get a lesson in audio with Calrec and rsquo;s Brio console

The Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague has purchased its first digital console - a Brio36 - from Calrec. It’s being used for various projects including automated dialogue replacement/voiceovers in the school’s recording room.

Martin Kebrdle, Head of the Sound Department Studio at FAMU, explained that the school needed a powerful console that could be used with Avid Pro Tools on several applications. “The console is connected to Pro Tools with MADI cards. In the future we plan to add Calrec’s Hydra2 networking. The console is perfect for our needs; it’s compact and it has been incredibly easy for the students to learn — which has been a blessing since this is the first time many of them are using a digital audio console. The Brio is a great introduction into the world of digital audio recording for our students.”

FAMU is the fifth oldest film school in the world and was founded in 1947. As part of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, FAMU is composed of eleven departments, where students can achieve their bachelors, masters and doctoral degree in every discipline of filmmaking including: directing, documentary filmmaking, scriptwriting, dramaturgy, animated film, cinematography, sound design, editing, production, photography, and the interdisciplinary Center of Audiovisual Studies. The Brio is installed in the school’s sound direction room. The sale and installation were handled by Calrec’s distributor Mediatronik S.R.O.

“The fact that the Brio is being used by students to help them prepare for careers in audio clearly shows the Brio’s versatility. It’s not simply a console for broadcasters; it’s useful for many applications and awards relevant experience for those learning an audio discipline,” commented Mike Reddick, International Sales Manager, Calrec.

Tags: Audio; audio consoles; audio routing; audio processing
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