TVU Networks and Unilumin Group Form Strategic Partnership

At NAB 2016, TVU and Unilumin will demonstrate solutions for global customers in news and sports broadcasting, public safety and special events

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – March 29, 2016 – TVU Networks and Unilumin Group have announced the formation of a strategic partnership between the companies, aimed at better serving their joint customers in broadcasting and other industries around the globe. TVU Networks, of Mountain View CA, offers a complete suite of solutions to capture, transmit and distribute live video from anywhere over IP to web and broadcast audiences. Shenzhen, China-based Unilumin Group is a major manufacturer of large 4K LED displays featured in broadcast studios and major outdoor events worldwide. Visitors to the 2016 NAB convention, held in Las Vegas from April 16-21, can experience TVU’s suite of IP solutions and Unilumin’s 110 inch/2.8 meter LED display monitor in the TVU booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall #SU4405.

The companies are each technology and market leaders in their respective industries. TVU’s family of IP transmission solutions gives organizations a powerful tool to distribute live HD video content to broadcast, online and mobile platforms. TVU products have delivered professional-quality live HD footage at important events from global sporting events, to coverage of presidential elections, papal visits and natural disasters as well as breaking news as it happens. Unilumin has rapidly become a global name for its high pixel density bezel-free LED video wall system, which allows the creation of seamless display wall of virtually any size. Its displays are widely used for news broadcasts, public safety, sports stadiums and special events. They support multiple signal inputs, deliver outstanding visual performance, and are environmentally friendly with low power consumption. Together, the companies anticipate the strategic partnership will help both companies better serve existing customers as well as expand into new markets and new distribution channels.

Paul Shen, CEO of TVU Networks, said, “The alliance is an especially nice fit since our companies share news broadcasters as a core customer for our products. This joint effort will allow us to offer solution packages that incorporate both TVU and Unilumin products tailored for each vertical market. It’s an opportunity for us to combine resources and provide a turnkey solution. The fact that we can now offer a source of very large LED displays with Unilumin’s manufacturing capacity and quality will be a real added benefit to our customers.”

Unilumin CEO Tiger Lin added, “We look forward to a fruitful partnership with TVU Networks. We’re excited to contribute our expertise, product offerings and market knowledge, and to work strategically with TVU as well. Both of our companies furnish extensive global experience in our product areas. And together, our firms are now positioned to utilize our combined strengths while we leverage the differences, to help us create more value for our clients. ”

 

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 a large majority of all news broadcast stations using its IP video solutions, which includes TVUPack, the award-winning mobile live cellular uplink solution, TVU Grid, the award-winning IP video switching, routing and distribution solution, and TVU One, the company’s most recent, ultra-compact video innovation. 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.

 

About Unilumin

Unilumin Group, based in Shenzhen, China, is a leading manufacturer of large LED displays for control rooms, presentation, information, sports, broadcast, VR and simulation applications. With customers in more than 100 countries, it is known for its bezel-free LED video wall system featuring a pixel pitch of just .8mm, its curved and transparent displays, and its lightweight glass-free 3D LED wall which is ideal for a variety of creative installations. Unilumin has extensive experience in meeting special customer requirements, in particular for broadcasting and control centers. It serves customers from its global sales and support network with subsidiaries in the USA, Hong Kong and the Netherlands. For more information, visit http://www.unilumin.com.

 

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TVU Networks Extends Reach and Flexibility of Live Broadcasts for Budget-Conscious Regional Catholic TV Station

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – March 22, 2016 – For the past 35 years, the Archdiocese of San Antonio’s Catholic television station, CTSA (Catholic Television of San Antonio), has broadcast locally produced video content, created in the studio as well as from the field. As a very active regional diocese, the church wanted to carry more of its offsite celebrations and events live, but CTSA faced budget and staffing limitations. After a successful experience with renting a TVUPack cellular 4G/LTE portable backpack transmitter for an event last year, CTSA was convinced of the solution’s value and cost-effectiveness and purchased one from TVU Networks®.

“One of the missions of CTSA is to serve the community and reach people that might not be able to get out and see things in person. With our new TVU equipment, it gives us a greater reach. The solution increases our station’s presence with cost efficiency,” Patlan stated.

With TVUPack, CTSA has carried local graduations, masses, holiday celebrations and other events live, including the coverage of 10 high school graduations in a span of a few weeks, which would have been impossible before their TVUPack purchase.

“As a small, local community station with a very limited budget, our potential purchase of the TVUPack was heavily discussed,” said Dagoberto Patlan, Operations Manager, CTSA. “The TVUPack brings a lot to the table in terms of allowing us to expand our live video capabilities and broaden our presence in the community. That was a major selling point to us. The solution’s solid signal strength and dynamic control of different modems also impressed us. The TVUPack has blown us away with what we were able to do with it. It’s proven to be a rock solid product and a great utilization of resources.”

The first time CTSA used the TVUPack, the difference in transmission quality was dramatic. The Catholic television station first used its rented TVUPack in 2015 to produce a live, annual Easter event – the Passion Play. In years past, unreliable signals from a non-TVU solution degraded the video quality, resulting in pixilation and dropout. This year, CTSA plans to use their TVUPack for the Passion Play again, and will also rent an additional TVUPack so that the station can live stream the event from multiple locations.

CTSA also used the TVUPack last year for a four-hour telethon for Hope for the Future, a scholarship program that raises money to send students to an Archdiocese of San Antonio Catholic school. The Archdiocese of San Antonio partners with Univision Communications to hold the telethon at the latter’s studio space. CTSA will again use the TVUPack to transmit the signal from the Univision studio back to its own station for this year’s telethon, taking place on April 5th.

“I’ve been in television production for many years, and I never believed that the day would come that sending a signal remotely from one location to another could be achieved so effortlessly,” said Patlan. “The TVUPack has really been a Godsend to CTSA. It’s incredible how much more our station is able to achieve with it.”

The award-winning TVUPack is a portable IP newsgathering solution that enables broadcasters to capture and broadcast live HD video from virtually any location in the world over multiple cellular, satellite, microwave, WiFi, WiMax, and BGAN connections. The solution gives organizations and individuals the satellite, microwave TV truck, or van functionality in a lightweight backpack. The solution simultaneously aggregates up to nine connections, including Ethernet, to broadcast live in SD or HD with the highest-quality picture possible. The TM8200 features a removable and extendable modem module that houses the multiple cellular 3G/4G LTE modem cards.

TVU solutions include a full line of award-winning lightweight and portable TVUPack and TVU One cellular live video transmitters, fixed mounted TVU MLink for newsgathering vans and the TVU Anywhere app that turns an iPhone or Android device into a live video transmitter. TVU also has the industry leading TVU Grid, an IP based switching, routing and distribution video solution.

Already in use by hundreds of leading broadcast organizations around the world, the TVU Networks family of IP transmission solutions gives broadcasters and organizations a powerful and reliable tool to distribute live video content to broadcast, online and mobile platforms. The TVU Networks suite of solutions has been used to deliver professional-quality live HD footage of a number of important events around the world including the World Cup, both Summer and Winter Olympic Games, U.S. presidential elections, natural disasters, the 2013 Papal conclave, the Super Bowl, the 2015 Papal visit to the United States and several international sporting events.

Snowed In News Station Reporters Broadcast Neighborhood Winter Storm Jonas Weather Conditions Using TVU Anywhere App

TVU Anywhere enabled WRIC reporters to instantly capture and transmit video footage from several snowy remote locations

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – March 15, 2016 – When Winter Storm Jonas recently swept through the Northeastern U.S. and made history as the heaviest snowstorm on record for a handful of cities, virtually everyone in the storm’s range was snowed in – including area news reporters. But thanks to TVU Networks’ TVU Anywhere video app, the reporters of Richmond, VA.’s WRIC news stations were able to report the news right from their own front doors. Designed to turn portable smart devices or laptops instantly into transmitters, the TVU Anywhere app enabled the station’s 8News team to successfully broadcast conditions in local Virginia subdivisions during the storm.

The TVU Anywhere app is ready to quickly shoot in the field using only a smartphone or laptop. Designed to capture breaking news and events as they happen, TVU Anywhere users can instantly capture and transmit footage from anywhere at anytime. Featuring an easy-to-use interface, operators can simply open the application and start transmitting video at a moment’s notice.

Reporting from around the Richmond area, 8News team members were able to report on the current snow conditions using TVU Anywhere. As the crew shot video from their respective neighborhoods in the early aftermath of the storm, the video footage was transmitted back to WRIC’s station for broadcasting. View more about WRIC’s use of TVU Anywhere and see footage of the station covering Winter Storm Jonas using the app here.

TVU Anywhere uses a device’s 3G/4G/LTE wireless connection and WiFi when available to transmit live video to a TVU Receiver or Transceiver. The app aggregates the bandwidth available to ensure a resilient transmission and superior picture. TVU Anywhere makes key status information easily accessible on-screen, including real-time transmission rate and live streaming time. TVU Anywhere is also compatible with the TVU Social platform, enabling users to easily snap a photo during live transmission or pick a photo from their camera roll to post directly to social media from the app.

Already in use by hundreds of leading broadcast organizations around the world, the TVU Networks family of IP transmission solutions gives broadcasters and organizations a powerful and reliable tool to distribute live video content to broadcast, online and mobile platforms. The TVU Networks suite of solutions has been used to deliver professional-quality live HD footage of a number of important events around the world including the World Cup, both Summer and Winter Olympic Games, U.S. presidential elections, natural disasters, the 2013 Papal conclave, the Super Bowl, the 2015 Papal visit to the United States and several international sporting events.

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 a large majority of all news broadcast stations using its IP video solutions, which includes TVUPack, the award-winning mobile live cellular uplink solution, TVU Grid, the award-winning IP video switching, routing and distribution solution, and TVU One, the company’s most recent, ultra-compact video innovation. 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.

From the Streets to the Field, TVU Transmitters Live Stream Super Bowl 50 Festivities for Broadcasters, Sports Orgs and Sites

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – March 7, 2016 – Broncos 24, Panthers 10 wasn’t the only significant score to emerge from Super Bowl 50 earlier this month. During the week preceding, during, and after the year’s ultimate gridiron matchup, dozens of TVU Network mobile uplink transmitters were used to broadcast live coverage from the Bay Area. The TVU One and TVUPack portable IP newsgathering units were used by more than 20 TV stations, networks, sports organizations and web sites to capture and stream pristine video of all the news and festivities surrounding the big game.

Reporters sporting TVU transmitters were seen hopping on and off cable cars, talking with tourists at Fisherman’s Wharf, shooting live remotes from designated team hotels, jockeying for position at Panther and Bronco press conferences and interviewing diehard fans the midst of Super Bowl City. Before the game, TVU transmitters live streamed pre-show, on-location remotes. The units were on the field at half-time to capture the musical acts up close, and they were there after the game for immediate, post-game coverage.

TVU Networks offered a broad range of video uplink services to its customers for Super Bowl 50 event coverage, in addition to its TVU One and TVUPack transmitters and TVU Receivers. TVU Networks’ range of on-location services included:

  • Local cellular 4G and LTE datacards;
  • Dedicated microwave mesh network in multiple locations in and around the San Francisco Bay Area including major venues hosting Super Bowl activities and events;
  • Technical support from experienced TVU personnel;
  • Office space with high speed Ethernet and WiFi for meetings and for use as an operational staging area.

TVU is offering similar equipment rentals and on-location support at the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Summer Games. Rental packages and additional information is available at TVU’s website.

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 a large majority of all news broadcast stations using its IP video solutions, which includes TVU One, the award-winning portable live cellular uplink solution, TVU Grid, the award-winning IP video switching, routing and distribution solution, the TVU Anywhere app for smart mobile devices and TVU MLink, TVU’s fixed mounted transmitter for vehicles. 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.

NAB 2016: TVU Networks to Showcase Full Range of Video-Over-IP Solutions, Including Cloud-Based Advances

Global technology leader to provide NAB Show LIVE with daily live broadcast capability from Las Vegas Convention Center

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – March 2, 2016 – TVU Networks, the global technology leader in live IP video solutions, will unveil its latest offerings and showcase the company’s full range of transmission, management and distribution solutions at NAB this year, being held April 16-21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The company will exhibit in Booth #SU4405 during the show.

TVU Networks’ solutions for live video acquisition, delivery and streamlining workflow are in the sweet spot of today’s broadcast requirements. TVU provides a full portfolio of video-over-IP solutions designed to give broadcasters innovative, flexible and reliable tools to acquire live video content from anywhere and distribute it anywhere. As the industry moves toward a cloud-enabled model from a hardware-based, SDI environment, TVU Networks stands poised to meet a receptive crowd this year in Las Vegas.

TVU solutions include: the industry-leading TVU Grid, an IP-based switching, routing and distribution video solution; the award-winning lightweight and portable TVU One cellular live video transmitter; the fixed-mounted TVU MLink for ENG vans; the TVUMe online video content marketplace; and the TVU Anywhere app that turns an iPhone or Android device into a live video transmitter.

Additionally, the official daily video program, “NAB Show LIVE,” will utilize TVU transmitters for live streaming from the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center, and the show’s video decoding and distribution will be done with a TVU Transceiver. The “NAB Show LIVE” will be broadcast online at nabshow.com, broadcastbeat.com, the NAB Show YouTube Channel, and the Broadcast Beat YouTube Channel. It will feature live streaming of select conference sessions as well as interviews with leading industry experts and vendors.

“We’re thrilled that the producers of the NAB Show LIVE will use our gear for their live, daily show video coverage,” said Paul Shen, CEO of TVU Networks. “This looks to be a very dynamic show for us this year, and being such a key part of the organization’s official live programming underscores our enthusiasm and commitment to this industry. Our platform is geared for an operational model with technology-leading hardware and cloud-based software that incorporates easily into existing workflows.”

TVU One is the company’s fifth-generation live mobile IP newsgathering transmitter. It delivers the same transmission resiliency, performance, picture quality and sub-second latency of a full-size backpack transmitter in a substantially smaller and lighter form factor. TVU One features TVU Networks’ patented Inverse Statmux Plus (IS+) transmission algorithm, Smart VBR technology, and the TVU.264 video codec. It’s available with embedded modems and can transmit simultaneously over multiple mediums, including cellular, microwave, MIMO microwave mesh, Ka-band and Ku-band satellite, BGAN, WiFi, and Ethernet.

TVU Grid, an IP video distribution, routing and switching system gives broadcasters the ability to seamlessly switch live IP video content and share live streams between remote locations. TVU Grid removes the walls from broadcast stations, empowering users to distribute or collect content with just the click of a button.

The company’s TVU Anywhere app turns an iPhone or Android device into a live video transmitter. Designed to turn your portable smart device or laptop instantly into a transmitter, TVU Anywhere enables reporters to instantly capture and transmit footage from anywhere at any time. TVU Anywhere is easy to use – just download the app to a smartphone, tablet or laptop, open the application and start transmitting video. TVU Anywhere uses a 3G/4G/LTE wireless connection and WiFi when available to transmit live video to a TVU Receiver.

TVU MLink live video uplink transmitter brings cellular 3G/4G LTE transmission capabilities to satellite and microwave vehicles, vans and trucks. Designed for fixed deployment, MLink is a one RU rack unit that is capable of aggregating the transmission signals from multiple transmission mediums simultaneously, including cellular, satellite, microwave, WiFi and Ethernet.

TVUMe is an online video marketplace where broadcasters can sell and trade recorded video content and sell live video streams from a simple interface. Users can buy video content from other broadcasters, freelancers and independent production crews from around the world. Additionally, production crews can use the TVUMe online service to list production services and equipment for future booking, providing broadcasters with access to professional video crews around the globe.

Already in use by hundreds of leading broadcast organizations around the world, the TVU Networks family of IP transmission solutions gives broadcasters and organizations a powerful and reliable tool to distribute live video content to broadcast, online and mobile platforms. The TVU Networks suite of solutions has been used to deliver professional-quality live HD footage of a number of important events around the world including the World Cup, both Summer and Winter Olympic Games, U.S. presidential elections, natural disasters, the 2013 Papal conclave, the Super Bowl, the 2015 Papal visit to the United States and several international sporting events. For more information about TVU Networks solutions, please visit www.tvunetworks.com.

 

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About TVU Networks®

TVU Networks® is a technology and market leader in IP-based live video solutions. TVU’s solutions help transform broadcasters’ SDI-based operations – which include acquisition, transmission, routing, distribution and management – 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 a large majority of all news broadcast stations using its IP video solutions. Using its proprietary IS+ technology, TVU’s uplink solutions use any combination of cellular, satellite, microwave, WiFi and Ethernet IP connections to deliver live HD video from practically any location.