Hollywood Production Studio Turns to TVU for Live Streaming Video from On-Location

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – October 27, 2014 – TVU Networks, the global technology leader in live mobile IP newsgathering solutions today announced that Hollywood production studio TheStream.tv has deployed TVUPack mobile IP video transmission solutions to deliver live HD video from on-location.

A pioneer in innovative online video media, theStream.tv creates and distributes both live and on-demand interactive entertainment via its Web site, YouTube, and other online video streaming platforms. Broadcasting from its state-of-the-art studios in Hollywood, TheStream.tv produces more than 30 regularly scheduled online programs covering a wide range of subjects including television and film, healthy lifestyles, sports and technology.

As an Web-centric media company fighting for viewership in an ultra-competitive space, TheStream.tv made a strategic decision to focus on airing a greater amount of live programming that was tied to events that are important to their target audience. To accomplish this goal, theStream.tv needed to augment its live capabilities with portable, mobile solution capable of delivering live video from on-location.

“We have a production facility in Hollywood that enables us to produce content that rivals what you see from over the air broadcasters. However, we were tethered to the studio if we wanted to go live, which limited us in some of the shows we wanted to do. Often times going live from on-location meant a costly or a complicated setup for our camera crews and it just wasn’t worth it,” said Susan Wrenn, CEO and managing partner, theStream.tv.

With its ability to stream HD-quality video over multiple cellular, Wifi, and Ethernet connections combined with its simple operation, TVUPack gave TheStream.tv a powerful and flexible tool to go live from on-location. “The TVUPack was an intriguing solution to us because we needed a video streaming solution that was portable and, perhaps of greater significance, reliable – and would let us go live from anywhere, regardless of whether or not we had access to a hard wired Internet connection,” explained Wrenn

According to Wrenn, TVUPack has been a useful tool in allowing theStream.tv to meet its objectives and grow its audience. “We can now be live and on location every day. We can share the events that our viewers wish they could attend, and TVUPack has allowed us to do that. The TVUPack has been a game changer for us. Not only has it allowed us to go live more frequently, but we are also able to be more creative in the types of content we are able to show our viewers. With TVUPack, the sky is the limit,” she explained.

Because of its portability and ease of use, TVUPack has been a valuable addition to theStream.tv’s production workflow. “It was imperative that our live streaming solution would be easy to use. We didn’t want to run into a situation where our cameramen or switchers were put in a position where they would need a lot of training or would need to spend a lot of effort configuring the technology,” said Wrenn. “The TVUPack has been a perfect solution for us in that regard. It’s so easy for our crew to use. They plug in the camera, push the button and we have live video. And the 24/7 support is superb.”

With TVUPack, theStream.tv has been able to expand its live capabilities and cover more live events that are pertinent to its audience. For example, TheStream.tv was able to put the TVUPack to the test during a recent red carpet movie premiere at the famed TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Partnering with the AMC movie theatre chain, theStream ran a three-hour live show to cover the event that featured a combination of studio hosts, pre-recorded content and frequent live interviews with the film’s stars directly from the red carpet via the TVUPack.

“We were thrilled with the TVUPack’s performance at the red carpet event. As we planned the production, we knew we needed a solution that would not only give us an HD picture, but would be able to perform with minimal delay,” said Wrenn. “The picture quality amazing, and the pack’s portability let us get in and capture the action on the red carpet in a way that we never would have been able to do before. More importantly, our partner AMC was very happy with the final product.”

Already in use by hundreds of leading broadcast organizations around the world, the TVUPack family of IP transmission solutions gives broadcasters a powerful and reliable tool to distribute live video content to broadcast, online, and mobile platforms. The TVUPack family of solutions has been used to deliver professional-quality live HD footage of a number of important events around the world including the 2010 World Cup, the London Summer Games, U.S. presidential elections, Hurricane Sandy, the 2013 Papal conclave, the Sochi Winter Olympics, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. For more information about TVUPack and other TVU Networks solutions, please visit www.tvupack.com.

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About TVU Networks
TVU Networks provides broadcast organizations around the globe with innovative wireless electronic newsgathering (ENG) and Internet broadcasting solutions. Since its founding in 2005, TVU has provided solutions that enable any size broadcaster to overcome the limitations of traditional broadcasting infrastructure, expand distribution to a wider audience and capture and broadcast live video content in a cost effective way. TVU Networks is privately held and is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. with offices in New York, Boston, Raleigh, and Shanghai, China. More information about TVU Networks can be found at www.tvupack.com.

Contact:
Dan Sorensen
TVU Networks
650-228-4842
dsorensen@tvunetworks.com

TVUPack Powered by Vislink Hybrid Technology Awarded Two Best of Show Awards at IBC 2014

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – October 13, 2014 – TVU Networks and Vislink today announced that the TVUPack Powered by Vislink Hybrid Technology is the recipient of two NewBay Media Best of Show Awards, presented at IBC 2014 by TV Technology Europe magazine and TVB Europe magazine.

The NewBay Media Best of Show Awards are evaluated by a panel of engineers and industry experts, and are selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry. Only a small number of products were chosen for the Best of Show Awards from dozens of new products in competition.

“Broadcasters worldwide are recognizing the benefits of seamless transmission through hybrid technology. This award showcases the collaborative teamwork between Vislink and TVU that ensures our customers have the right tools to address their most challenging video applications. This new Pack adds to Vislink’s current hybrid portfolio, and is an important part of the Vislink solution that provides end-to-end video contribution, management and distribution solutions,’ commented Mike Payne, CEO of Vislink.

“We are thrilled that our partnership with Vislink is garnering recognition from some of the most influential voices in our industry. Because of the tremendous interest in this joint offering, we are offering an easy upgrade path for current TVU and Vislink customers looking to embrace this innovative hybrid solution. It is clear that broadcasters are looking for greater reliability and resiliency for each transmission and TVU and Vislink provide a powerful solution to accomplish this end,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “TVU is committed to providing flexible IP transmission solutions that go beyond cellular to deliver HD video and ease broadcasters’ transition to an IP-based workflow and infrastructure.”

The joint solution offered by TVU and Vislink was an immediate hit at IBC 2014, demonstrating the two companies’ commitment to meet the growing demand for highly resilient and portable newsgathering equipment. This unique joint offering integrates the TVUPack TM8200 and TVU’s Inverse StatMux IP transmission protocols to combine multiple data connections with Vislink’s hybrid microwave IP technology. This solution combines best-of-breed cellular and IP microwave transmission technologies into a single mobile lightweight backpack, enabling broadcasters to transmit HD video simultaneously over cellular and microwave connections with sub-second latency.

The solution includes a number of industry-first features:

  • The system supports up to six 3G/4G LTE connections, as well as 2 or 7 GHz microwave, and enables simultaneous broadcast over cellular and microwave networks. This ensures that each transmission is capable of utilizing the maximum amount of available bandwidth.
  • Users can add or remove microwave or cellular connections seamlessly without interrupting the transmission.
  • Simple one button operation eliminates the need for in-field configuration.
  • The solution is the first to offer Vislink microwave transmission functionality in a backpack.

Vislink and TVU products are synonymous with live video broadcasts around the world. Our solutions in microwave, satellite and IP transmissions give broadcasters powerful and reliable tools to distribute live video content to broadcast, online, and mobile platforms. Vislink and TVU Networks products have been used to deliver professional-quality live HD footage of a number of important events around the world including the 2010 World Cup, the London Summer Games, U.S. presidential elections, Hurricane Sandy, the 2013 Papal conclave, the Sochi Winter Olympics, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

“We are enormously proud of our Best of Show recipients,” says TV Technology Europe Publisher Steve Connolly. “Recognition with an award at the IBC Show from NewBay Media’s Broadcast & Video Group is a strong vote of confidence and admiration from our leading industry publications.”

About TVU Networks
TVU Networks provides broadcast organizations around the globe with innovative wireless electronic newsgathering (ENG) and Internet broadcasting solutions. Since its founding in 2005, TVU has provided solutions that enable any size broadcaster to overcome the limitations of traditional broadcasting infrastructure, expand distribution to a wider audience and capture and broadcast live video content in a cost effective way. TVU Networks is privately held and is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. with offices in New York, Boston, Raleigh, and Shanghai, China. More information about TVU Networks can be found at www.tvunetworks.com.

About Vislink
Vislink is a global technology business specializing in the collection, management and delivery of high quality video and associated data from the field to the point of usage. Vislink provides solutions to the broadcast market for the collection of live news, sport and entertainment events and to the surveillance market including defense, law enforcement and public safety customers. With over 50 years in operation, Vislink has the expertise and technology portfolio to deliver fully integrated, seamless, end-to-end solutions using our best-in-class brands. The Company is fully listed on the AIM. For further information, visit www.vislink.com.

Contact:
Dan Sorensen
TVU Networks
650-228-4842
dsorensen@tvunetworks.com

Contact:
Bethany Bishop
Vislink
978-671-5793
bethany.bishop@vislink.com