IBC 2016: TVU NETWORKS ROLLS OUT NEXT GENERATION H.265 and 4K LIVE STREAMING VIDEO ENCODER

Technology Leader in IP Video Announces First of a New Family of HEVC Transmission Solutions at IBC 2016

 

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – September 8, 2016 – TVU Networks, a technology and market leader in IP-based live video solutions, officially announces today the availability of the TVU MLink TE4500 H.265/HEVC and 4K encoding solution for live video transmission. The MLink TE4500 is a rack-mount encoder that transmits video using HEVC video compression but also incorporates TVU265 enhanced HEVC, Smart VBR encoding and Inverse StatMux Plus advanced IP video technology. The MLink TE4500 delivers the same high quality picture that’s currently available with TVU’s award-winning cellular IP-based live video transmitters but with more efficient compression, requiring less data transmission. TVU will show the MLink TE4500, and it’s complete line of IP video solutions at stand 2.B28 at IBC.

TVU265 is TVU’s enhanced version of H.265 that’s designed to more efficiently use bandwidth for cellular video transmission. The industry recognized Inverse StatMux Plus fully utilizes all transmission connections and delivers just the right amount of forward error correction while eliminating the need for retransmission which can cause additional latency. TVU’s Smart VBR (Variable Bit-Rate Encoding) proactively manages the transmission bit‐rate for a desired latency, taking out the guesswork in optimizing for picture quality.

The MLink TE4500 is fully compatible with TVU’s family of rack-mount IP based transceiver video decoders. The MLink TE4500 and TVU transceivers operate within TVU’s Cloud-based ecosystem platform for centralized video content management and control supporting not just TVU solutions and services but SDI and IP video sources as well. The TVU ecosystem reduces or removes the requirement for broadcasters to rely on multiple pieces of equipment to manage their video content, while allowing them to manage and control all their video feeds from a single web interface anywhere in the world.

The TVU platform is flexible, allowing a broadcaster to add specific features, functions and services as they are needed, allowing them to move from a SDI to IP infrastructure in stages. Broadcasters can also directly control the MLink TE4500 and all other TVU transmitters, including the bit-rate and latency settings of each transmitter. For station groups, the TVU ecosystem allows video content to be easily and effectively switched, routed or distributed from one station to multiple locations anywhere with a TVU transceiver using TVU Grid.

“We are excited to be showing the first of an entire family of HEVC and 4K live video transmission solutions for the first time in Europe at IBC. The MLink TE4500 continues the tradition of all TVU transmitters that are designed specifically to deliver the best HD picture quality under even the most challenging broadcast environments and at latencies as low as sub-second,“ said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “The Cloud-based TVU ecosystem was developed to help broadcasters take advantage of the benefits of IP infrastructure to acquire, manage and move video content easily and cost effectively. While removing the reliance on expensive fiber and multiple different types of video equipment to manage content, the ecosystem is future-proofed to allow for the integration of new IP technologies such as HEVC.”

Added Shen, “Introducing a new line of HEVC codec and 4K integrated IP-based video products is part of our continuing commitment to deliver innovative IP technology solutions designed to meet the needs of our customers and the broadcast community. We are looking forward to introducing this important new product line starting with the TE4500, and its addition to the TVU video content ecosystem.”

Additional TVU solutions being showcased at IBC this year include:

TVU RPS – TVU’s Remote Production System (RPS) delivers a cost-effective alternative for live remote synchronized multi-camera news and sports coverage by leveraging a broadcaster’s existing studio control room staff and equipment and a public Internet connection from the field. With TVU RPS, a broadcaster can achieve on-location live production without the need for production trucks, dedicated fiber or large on-site production crews.

TVU One is the company’s fifth-generation live mobile IP newsgathering transmitter. It delivers transmission resiliency, performance, picture quality and sub-second latency in an ultra-compact 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.

TVU Alert is a cloud-based service that makes it quick and simple to send mission-critical alerts, such as breaking news, anywhere throughout a news organization. Alerts can be sent to and from any TVU edge device and can be customized and sent to individuals, devices or to entire groups in the network.

TVU Command Center is a cloud-based solution that allows for the central management and control of all the TVU transmitters, receivers, and services within a group from virtually anywhere. It features a robust set of video content management tools designed to integrate with a broadcaster’s workflow.

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.

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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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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 85 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.

EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM CONFERENCE TO LIVE STREAM AWARDS SESSION WITH TVU NETWORKS VIDEO TRANSMISSION TECHNOLOGY

TVU Partners with RTDNA to Bring Awards Ceremony to Online Viewers for Second Consecutive Year 

 

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CASeptember 8, 2016TVU Networks announces that the upcoming Excellence in Journalism (EIJ) event will feature a live streaming super session using its TVU One mobile uplink technology. The annual event will take place September 18-20 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, and the conference session, “Honoring a Lifetime of Excellence in Journalism with Charlie Rose and Jeff Marks” will be streamed live to the Radio Television Digital News Association’s (RTDNA) Ustream channel in real-time and will be viewable on the RTDNA.org website.

The EIJ conference attracts top journalism professionals who are looking to implement new technologies, software products and journalism best practices in their newsrooms. This year’s event is a collaborative effort between the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television Digital News Association and the Native American Journalists Association.

During the super session, held Monday, September 19 from 5-6:30 PM (CT), Charlie Rose, co-host of CBS This Morning and host of the PBS interview show Charlie Rose, will receive RTDNA’s prestigious Paul White Award – RTDNA’s highest honor, which recognizes an individual’s lifetime contributions to electronic journalism. During the event, Rose will remark on his more than 40-year career in journalism. Jeff Marks, former president and general manager of WDBJ7 and now director for talent development for Gray Television, will also receive an award during the session. Marks will be honored with the John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes an individual’s contributions to the journalism profession and freedom of the press.

TVU Networks’ TVU One IP-based live video mobile uplink solution will be used to live stream the entire EIJ ceremony. The super session video will also be available for on-demand viewing on RTDNA’s website.

“We’ve relied on TVU transmission technology for past events, and are always very happy with the results,” said Mike Cavender, Executive Director, RTDNA. “With using TVU Networks equipment, we’re confident that our live streaming coverage will provide our audience with reliable and high quality video.”

“TVU Networks is happy to support the Excellence in Journalism conference in live streaming its awards super session,” said Eric Chang, Vice President of Marketing, TVU Networks. “We’re proud to partner once again with RTNDA on this awards event as well as participate as an exhibitor.”

TVU Networks will also be exhibiting at the upcoming EIJ conference for the fourth year, where the company will showcase TVU One – a live, mobile IP newsgathering HD video transmitter. The solution uses the company’s proprietary Inverse StatMux Plus technology to ensure the highest-quality signal possible and enables organizations to broadcast live HD video from virtually any location in the world. All TVU transmitters deliver resilient video quality, low transmission latency and proprietary Smart VBR technology. Also appearing in the TVU booth will be TVU Anywhere, which enables broadcasters to instantly capture and transmit footage from anywhere on their small mobile device or laptop. The TVU Anywhere app uses smartphone or laptop cellular and WiFi connection to record live video and transmit to a TVU receiver or transceiver.

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.

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RTDNA is the world’s largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. Founded as a grassroots organization in 1946, RTDNA works to protect the rights of electronic journalists throughout the country, promotes ethical standards in the industry, provides members with training and education and honors outstanding work in the profession through the Edward R. Murrow Awards.

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LARGEST HUNGARIAN BROADCASTER RELIES ON TVU NETWORKS FOR LIVE COVERAGE FROM RIO

Expands Use of TVU Solutions by Adding TVU One Portable Cellular Uplink

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – September 6, 2016 – After a complete evaluation of available cellular portable transmission solutions, the largest Hungarian media organization, Magyar Televízió (Hungarian Television, aka MTVA), selected the TVU One portable mobile newsgathering transmitter and deployed four of them for its location reporting from the Rio Summer Games earlier this month. The national public broadcaster used the lightweight TVU One units for live transmission from various world-renowned Rio locations for in-venue stand-up interviews and other broadcast activities.

The government-owned broadcaster MTVA has been a TVU Networks’ customer for several years and have been using its video broadcast solutions since TVU’s earliest backpack transmitter – the TVUPack TM8100. Currently, they own multiple TVU IP live video products, which are used by the news and sports departments for daily on location broadcast coverage.

“We’ve been very happy with the performance of our new TVU One units,” said Zoltán Sinkovics, Head of Information Technology, MTVA. “And based on our comparisons with all other available systems, we’re confident we made the right choice. The mobility of TVU One has improved our live coverage considerably, but it’s the reliability and excellent picture quality that set it apart. We’ve grown to rely on it quite a bit. Our sports and news departments take our TVU equipment out on location multiple times every day.”

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.

Headquartered in Budapest, MTVA operates six television stations, nine radio stations, a news agency, and a number of new media outlets. Since its formation in 2011, MTVA has streamlined all content production and asset management activities for the entire Hungarian public service media. MTVA provides roughly 40,000 hours of television and 52,000 hours of radio programming each year. Programs are transmitted beyond Hungary – to Europe, America, and Australia. MTVA’s content is broadcast daily to an estimated 99 percent of Hungarian homes.

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.

TVU Networks to Provide Full Slate of Live Video Services During U.S. Presidential Debates and On Election Day 2016

Leader in Mobile Live Video Acquisition, Transmission and Distribution to Provide On-Site Support for Broadcasters Covering Presidential Election Activities

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – September 1, 2016 – TVU Networks, the global technology leader in live IP video transmission solutions, is offering its range of 4G and LTE wireless uplink equipment and services to broadcasters covering U.S. Presidential campaign rallies, debates and Election Day 2016. Technical support personnel will be on-location before, during, and after the debates in September and October and Election Day in November for full support of TVU customers.

The dates and locations of the planned U.S. Presidential debates are as follows: September 26 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York; October 9 at Washington University in St. Louis in St. Louis, MO; and October 19 at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. The Vice Presidential debate will be on October 4 at Longwood University in Farmville, VA. Election Day is November 8.

In addition to comprehensive technical support, TVU will provide: equipment and accessories rentals, local cellular 4G and LTE datacards, and use of its scalable TVU Grid network for live video distribution. Customers can leverage the TVU Grid infrastructure as an optional way of backhauling live, HD video footage to anywhere in the world. Dedicated WiFi/Microwave Mesh bandwidth will be available from strategic locations in and around the hosting venues.

“Given our experience supporting high-profile, live events for several years now, we thoroughly understand the real-world challenges with live broadcasts over cellular 4G and LTE in high-density areas,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “We’re more than prepared to assist our customers with broadcasting live on-location.”

Added Shen, “With the heavy investment of ad dollars during the election season, there’s a lot at stake. We understand the importance of a broadcaster getting it right and delivering the highest quality live video footage possible to its audience.”

TVU’s live video solutions have been used most recently for coverage of major events, including the Democratic and Republican National Conventions and the 2016 Rio Sumer Olympics.

TVU will also offer complimentary Facebook Live integration for the debates. TVU cellular transmitters are capable of live streaming to Facebook Live. When used with the TVU One mobile transmitter, live transmission to Facebook is possible from practically anywhere and anytime.

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.

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, 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.