TVU Networks Launches TVU Sports Division to Meet Growing Demand For Live Video in Sports Market

TVU Hires Industry Veteran Ken Valdiserri to Lead TVU Sports, Drive Growth

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – March 31, 2015 – TVU Networks, the global technology leader in live IP video solutions, today announced the formation of TVU Sports, a dedicated division that will further expand TVU’s ability to help sports organizations better connect with fans and create new revenue streams using video. As part of the creation of the TVU Sports division, TVU has hired industry veteran Ken Valdiserri to lead the company’s initiatives.

Since 2013, TVU has seen tremendous growth as sports franchises and leagues have looked to extend their use of live video to meet the demands of rabid fan bases. TVU has worked closely with a number of prominent sports leagues and franchises, including the National Football League, National Hockey League, Major League Soccer, and the New Orleans Pelicans of the NBA. The creation of the TVU Sports division will enable TVU to expand operations within the sports market and help organizations meet the growing demand for video from fans and media alike.

As the head of TVU Sports, Ken Valdiserri brings 25 years of experience in the professional sports arena to TVU, with expertise in branding, marketing, media, sales, and public relations. He has led public relations and marketing efforts for the Chicago Bears of the NFL and the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball and was the mastermind of the 1985 Bears’ famed “Super Bowl Shuffle” video. Ken has also worked extensively with other prominent sports organizations such as the University of Notre Dame, the Arena Football League, and the WWE/XFL.

“TVU began a coordinated effort to work with organizations in the sports industry in 2013, when NFL great Ronnie Lott joined our organization. Under Lott’s leadership, TVU has been able to work with many of the top sports brands in the world as they use TVU solutions to expand their marketing efforts and deliver live video to fans and media organizations,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “We’re thrilled to add Ken Valdiserri to the TVU team. Ken is one of the most well known and respected sports marketing minds, and we look forward to growing the TVU Sports brand under his capable leadership.”

“Ken’s extensive experience working at all levels of the sports business world is unparalleled. With his deep expertise in the inner workings of both sports and media, Ken is uniquely qualified to work closely with sports leagues and teams to create tailored TVU video solutions for them to better connect with fan bases and expand revenue streams,” said Greg Bensel, Senior Vice President of Communications, New Orleans Saints.

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 London Summer Games, U.S. presidential elections, Hurricane Sandy, the 2013 Papal conclave, the Sochi Winter Olympics, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and the Super Bowl. For more information about TVUPack and other TVU Networks solutions, please visit www.tvunetworks.com.

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About TVU Networks

Headquartered in Mountain View, CA, TVU Networks is a technology and market leader in IP-based live video solutions. TVU’s solutions help transform broadcasters’ SDI-based video acquisition, transmission, routing, distribution and management operations to an IP-based infrastructure. TVU serves customers of all sizes in more than 80 countries from industries that include news broadcast, web streaming, law enforcement, sports, corporate and government. In broadcast markets around the world including the USA, China and other major economic powers, TVU is the dominant market leader with more than half of all news broadcast stations using its IP video solutions, which includes TVUPack, the award-winning mobile live cellular uplink solution and TVU Grid, the award-winning IP video switching, routing and distribution solution. TVU Networks is a pioneer in IP video technology and is leading the way in helping organizations looking to transition to a predominantly IP-based infrastructure. Many of the largest news broadcast station groups in the world have deployed TVU Grid and are leveraging it in their existing workflow infrastructures. More information about TVU Networks can be found at www.tvunetworks.com.

 

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Dan Sorensen
TVU Networks
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TVU Networks Partners With StormChasingVideo.com to Deliver Live Coverage of Severe Weather Events Using TVUPack and TVU Grid

Partnership to Kick Off With 24 Hour Tornado Alley Run Exclusive Live Event to be Streamed Online Via TVUPack and Delivered to Broadcast Stations Via TVU Grid

 

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – March 26, 2015 – TVU Networks, the global technology leader in live IP video solutions, today announced that StormChasingVideo.com, LLC, a leading provider of live severe weather coverage, will use TVUPack and TVU Grid to deliver live streaming video of severe weather events to major national networks and local TV stations during the 2015 severe weather season. To kick off the partnership, TVU and StormChasingVideo.com, LLC are partnering to deliver live coverage of the upcoming Tornado Alley Run live event to Web audiences.

The Tornado Alley Run is a live streaming event where the StormChasingVideo.com production crew will drive virtually non-stop except for fuel stops from Fargo, North Dakota to San Antonio, Texas, to show the durability and reliability of the TVUPack through multiple locations and network connectivity situations. They will then follow up after a day of rest to do a return to trip to Minneapolis, Minnesota. This trip will cross through nine states (North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Minnesota and Texas) in two 24-hour marathon drives. The first leg of the Tornado Alley Run will begin on Tuesday, March 31 at 10:00 am CDT, with the return leg taking place on Thursday, April 2, beginning at 10:00 am CDT. During the event, the StormChasingVideo.com production crew will continuously stream every minute of the journey live to their YouTube channel for the public to watch as well as a few selective TV stations via TVU Grid.

Throughout the severe weather season, StormChasingVideo.com will use various TVU solutions to deliver live coverage of severe weather events, along with their current systems that StormChasingVideo.com refined over the last 15 years of Electronic News Gathering (ENG) coverage. Broadcasters that utilize this service will be able to secure cost-effective, high quality video content from hazardous locations to extend their reporting from severe weather events that impact viewers. Partnering with TVU during the spring 2015 storm season, StormChasingVideo crews will use TVUPack and TVU MLink to stream live HD content from moving vehicles covering the storms to provide live ground verification of current extreme weather conditions as they unfold. Additionally, the TVU Grid solution enables stations, networks and broadcast groups to easily tap into the feed at anytime, securing footage from expert professional extreme weather photojournalist on-demand at a moment’s notice.

“StormChasingVideo has provided tremendous live storm coverage and high quality recorded footage of severe weather events to some of the biggest broadcasters in the United States for over a decade, and TVU solutions will enable us for the first time to deliver full HD-quality live content to customers in those hostile environments. TVUPack is a powerful, highly mobile solution that will enable us to provide the best possible quality live streaming video to our broadcast customers, and do it while on the move. Because of the TVU MLink’s weather-proof high gain roof mount antenna, it’s the ideal tool for professional storm chasers. Additionally, using the TVU Grid platform, we will be able to easily distribute live video to multiple broadcast outlets on an on-demand basis with the click of a button,” said Douglas Kiesling, Founder, StormChasingVideo.com, LLC.

With its simple one-button operation and ability to simultaneously transmit over multiple combinations of cellular, WIFI, microwave, and BGAN, Ka-band and Ku-band satellite links, TVUPack enables broadcasters to deliver live streaming video from practically any location. TVUPack also offers broadcasters TVU’s proprietary IS+ transmission protocol and Smart VBR technology to ensure enhanced resiliency and superior picture quality in fluctuating bandwidth conditions, as well as the ability to transmit HD video with sub-second latency.

TVU Grid is a powerful IP video solution that enables TV stations to manage, route, switch and distribute live video content through both public and private Internet connections. Because the solution is video-source agnostic, TVU Grid can seamlessly switch between any connected IP or SDI sources and fits seamlessly within any broadcast production workflow.

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 London Summer Games, U.S. presidential elections, Hurricane Sandy, the 2013 Papal conclave, the Sochi Winter Olympics, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and the Super Bowl. For more information about TVUPack and other TVU Networks solutions, please visit www.tvunetworks.com.

Social Media Links: TVUPack on Twitter TVUPack on Facebook TVUPack on YouTube

About TVU Networks Headquartered in Mountain View, CA, TVU Networks is a technology and market leader in IP-based live video solutions. TVU’s solutions help transform broadcasters’ SDI-based video acquisition, transmission, routing, distribution and management operations to an IP-based infrastructure. TVU serves customers of all sizes in more than 80 countries from industries that include news broadcast, web streaming, law enforcement, sports, corporate and government. In broadcast markets around the world including the USA, China and other major economic powers, TVU is the dominant market leader with more than half of all news broadcast stations using its IP video solutions, which includes TVUPack, the award-winning mobile live cellular uplink solution and TVU Grid, the award-winning IP video switching, routing and distribution solution. TVU Networks is a pioneer in IP video technology and is leading the way in helping organizations looking to transition to a predominantly IP-based infrastructure. Many of the largest news broadcast station groups in the world have deployed TVU Grid and are leveraging it in their existing workflow infrastructures. More information about TVU Networks can be found at www.tvunetworks.com.

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

TVU Networks Delivers Enhanced Transmission and Distribution Functionality For TVUPack and TVU Grid IP Video Solutions

Major Software Updates Reinforce TVUPack Transmission Dependability; Adds New Booking Service for TVUPack and TVU Grid

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – March 24, 2015 – TVU Networks, the global technology leader in live IP video solutions, today announced the release of major software updates to its award-winning TVUPack mobile IP newsgathering solutions and TVU Grid IP video switching, routing and distribution solutions. With the release of TVUPack version 5.5, TVU continues to introduce technology, such as integrated MIMO MESH and real-time full HD error free video transfer, that makes it the most dependable mobile uplink cellular device for successfully transmitting video in practically any bandwidth environment. TVU Grid version 3.0 features even better lower latency performance and an updated user interface. TVU is also introducing its new TVU Booking Service designed to work with both TVUPack and TVU Grid, adding automated booking and scheduling using a simple Web interface. These enhancements will be demonstrated at NAB 2015, booth #SU3605.

“We have regular dialogue with our customers to understand their needs, which allow us to develop robust IP video management and transmission solutions that meet those needs. With the introduction of TVUPack 5.5 and TVU Grid 3.0, our customers will be able to take advantage of product enhancements and tools designed to make video transmission even more dependable and the scheduling of video content transmission easier. We look forward to demonstrating the next wave of TVU innovations along with a number of other new solutions at NAB 2015,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks.

TVUPack is relied upon by hundreds of broadcasters around the world because of its dependability. Building on the new algorithm in TVUPack release version 5.0 that provides a dependable transmission with sub-second latency, TVUPack version 5.5 delivers a number of new features that continues to deliver on its dependability while enabling broadcasters greater flexibility in their IP video acquisition capabilities. New features include:

  • Embedded Microwave MESH MIMO Radio –TVUPack now offers an integrated MIMO MESH radio that can be used in conjunction with cellular, Ethernet and WiFi connections. When connected to a MIMO Microwave MESH network, TVUPack delivers greater transmission resiliency in even the most challenging bandwidth environments, resulting in superior picture quality.
  • Real-time HD File Transfer – TVUPack’s new progressive download functionality delivers a flexible option for multimedia journalists looking to fully utilize the industry’s best-of-breed store-and-forward functionality. With this feature, TVUPack delivers a HD quality error-free video clip in real-time without needing to wait until the clip is fully recorded. This ensures that high quality video production clips can be sent to the studio for editing in as little time possible.
  • Enhanced TVU Social Functionality – TVU has introduced enhanced functionality for the TVU Social platform, enabling field crews to post still images from the TVUPack transmission directly to Facebook.
  • Dual Channel Receiver Capabilities – TVU has introduced a second available channel for TVUPack receivers, ensuring that TVU receivers can input live streams from two TVUPack transmitters simultaneously.

TVU Grid version 3.0 includes the introduction of performance enhancements that enable broadcast organizations to distribute video at lower latency settings, including sub-second latency. Grid 3.0 also features an updated simplified user interface.

As part of the release, TVU has also introduced its new TVU Booking Service, a simple, integrated booking and scheduling solution designed to help broadcasters better manage multiple streams within their IP video workflow. Working within the TVU Grid ecosystem, the TVU Booking Service delivers a simple-to-use integrated management system that allows stations to manage and control transmissions for both TVUPack and TVU Grid across all units. Using a simple Web-based interface, the TVU Booking System delivers simplified user management from any location, an easy booking workflow and easy configuration.

With its simple one-button operation and ability to simultaneously transmit over multiple combinations of cellular, WIFI, microwave, and BGAN, Ka-band and Ku-band satellite links, TVUPack enables broadcasters to deliver live streaming video from practically any location. TVUPack also offers broadcasters TVU’s proprietary IS+ transmission protocol and Smart VBR technology to ensure enhanced resiliency and superior picture quality in fluctuating bandwidth conditions, as well as the ability to transmit HD video with sub-second latency.

TVU Grid is a powerful IP video solution that enables TV stations to manage, route, switch and distribute live video content through both public and private Internet connections. Because the solution is video-source agnostic, TVU Grid can seamlessly switch between any connected IP or SDI sources and fits seamlessly within any broadcast production workflow.

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 London Summer Games, U.S. presidential elections, Hurricane Sandy, the 2013 Papal conclave, the Sochi Winter Olympics, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and the Super Bowl. For more information about TVUPack and other TVU Networks solutions, please visit www.tvunetworks.com.

Social Media Links: TVU on Twitter TVU on Facebook TVU on YouTube

About TVU Networks

Headquartered in Mountain View, CA, TVU Networks is a technology and market leader in IP-based live video solutions. TVU’s solutions help transform broadcasters’ SDI-based video acquisition, transmission, routing, distribution and management operations to an IP-based infrastructure. TVU serves customers of all sizes in more than 80 countries from industries that include news broadcast, web streaming, law enforcement, sports, corporate and government. In broadcast markets around the world including the USA, China and other major economic powers, TVU is the dominant market leader with more than half of all news broadcast stations using its IP video solutions, which includes TVUPack, the award-winning mobile live cellular uplink solution and TVU Grid, the award-winning IP video switching, routing and distribution solution. TVU Networks is a pioneer in IP video technology and is leading the way in helping organizations looking to transition to a predominantly IP-based infrastructure. Many of the largest news broadcast station groups in the world have deployed TVU Grid and are leveraging it in their existing workflow infrastructures. More information about TVU Networks can be found at www.tvunetworks.com.

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

Broadcasters Leverage TVU Networks IP Video Solutions to Deliver Live Coverage from World Ski Championships

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – March 11, 2015 – TVU Networks, the global technology leader in live mobile IP newsgathering solutions today announced that TVUPack IP video transmission solutions were used by broadcasters to deliver live video from the recently completed 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek, Colorado, USA. During the event, broadcasters used TVU Networks’ mobile cellular uplink backpack solution to deliver live shots from various venues at the World Championships and throughout the town of Vail.

As a part of its standard operating procedure for major sporting events around the globe, TVU Networks had a significant on-location presence at the World Championships, providing back up equipment and TVU personnel support for broadcasters using TVUPack at the event. Moreover, TVU deployed additional bandwidth networks such as private wireless hotspot and MIMO microwave mesh to ensure a high level of transmission reliability and dependability in the higher mountain elevations. TVUPack’s integrated MIMO functionality enables seamless transmission over both cellular and MIMO networks to ensure increased resiliency in challenging bandwidth environments and superior picture quality.

“TVUPack was an essential tool for TV8’s coverage of the World Championships. Often times, the ability to go live from the mountain can be limited by terrain or challenging bandwidth environments. However, TVUPack performed beautifully whenever we used it to go live – regardless of the location of our shoot. The pack was easy for our reporters to operate, and was an essential part of our production plan,” said Terry Michaud, Broadcast Engineer, TV8, Vail Resorts.

“TVU support during the event was outstanding. TVU has been a true technology partner for us, and TVU engineers were there every step of the way to ensure that each live shot was executed without incident. Their high level of support provided valuable piece of mind to us as we covered our biggest and most prestigious event of the year,” said Michaud.

With its simple one-button operation and ability to simultaneously transmit over multiple combinations of cellular, WIFI, microwave, and BGAN, Ka-band and Ku-band satellite links, TVUPack enables broadcasters to deliver live streaming video from practically any location. TVUPack also offers broadcasters TVU’s proprietary Inverse StatMux Plus transmission protocol and Smart VBR technology to ensure enhanced resiliency and superior picture quality in fluctuating bandwidth conditions, as well as the ability to transmit HD video with sub-second latency.

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, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and the Super Bowl. For more information about TVUPack and other TVU Networks solutions, please visit www.tvunetworks.com.

Social Media Links: TVUPack on Twitter TVUPack on Facebook TVUPack on YouTube

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.

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