NAB 2017: TVU Networks Introduces H.265/HEVC-Supported Mobile IP Newsgathering Transmitter

TVU One Mobile Uplink Solution With HEVC Sets New Bar With 0.5 Second Latency and Greater Efficiency Through Less Bandwidth Use; Units Already Shipping, With Orders From Multiple Customers

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – April 20, 2017 – TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP video solutions, announced today the immediate availability of its new TVU One with HEVC mobile IP newsgathering transmitter, which supports the H.265/HEVC video compression standard. TVU One with HEVC will be shown for the first time in its booth #C3739 in the Central Hall during NAB 2017 in Las Vegas next week.

The introduction of TVU One with HEVC follows the October 2016 introduction of the rackmount MLink TE4500 H.265/HEVC and 4K encoding solution at the NAB Show New York convention. The MLink live video uplink provides cellular 4G LTE transmission capabilities to satellite and microwave vehicles, vans and trucks.

The TVU One with HEVC cellular mobile solution uses both HEVC video compression and TVU’s patented Inverse Statmux Plus (IS+) transmission algorithm – which transmits HD quality video with half-second latency. TVU One with HEVC is available with embedded modems and can transmit simultaneously over multiple connections, including cellular, microwave, satellite, BGAN, WiFi, and Ethernet.

“IP-based video delivery is advancing at a breakneck pace right now, and our continuing rollout of H.265 supported video solutions is intended to take advantage of the improved compression and data management inherent in HEVC encoding,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “The compression is much more efficient, particularly when combined with our IS+ technology. By taking advantage of both, the TVU One with HEVC sets a new standard for latency of just 0.5 seconds – even in situations where transmission is being done from inside a moving vehicle. It uses less data, with less overhead and performs with even greater stability than ever before.”

The TVU One with HEVC is already shipping, with orders for the compact, HEVC-compatible IP transmitters from the nationwide Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) network. The New York bureau of TBS and RKB Mainichi Broadcasting Corp. (RKB) – a sub key station of the TBS network based in Fukuoka, Japan – have ordered multiple TVU One with HEVC units for their field operations.

TBS has been a TVU customer since 2013, when they started using TVU for mobile newsgathering. In January of last year, they began using TVU One mobile transmitters at network headquarters and international bureaus, including New York City, Washington, DC, London, Beijing, Bangkok, Seoul, and Moscow, for mission-critical news gathering.

“We’ve always been impressed with the TVU’s stability, IS+ technology, fast start up, and the company’s 24/7 customer support,” said Mr. Shiho Akagawa, News Operations Manager, at the New York bureau of TBS. “We’ve always been extremely comfortable using TVU products. Their fast customer support response time, even for minor issues, is incredibly helpful, especially when we’re shooting from the field and every second counts. Now, with H.265 support, we’re assured of even higher picture quality at a lower bit rate, which means we’ll be able to produce even more live shots and more file transfers from the field. TVU continually updates the feature set to respond to our requests. The TVU One gives us everything we’ve wanted – multi-band embedded modems, long battery life, multi-WiFi with smartphone control – all in one compact package.”

Weighing just 2.2 pounds, TVU One with HEVC offers a robust set of functions designed to fit the needs of any size live video broadcaster. It delivers industry-leading video transmission resiliency and high-definition picture quality within an ultra-compact and rugged hardware chassis. With TVU One with HEVC, broadcasters can fully leverage the versatility of a small, lightweight, IP-based high-definition video field transmitter without sacrificing performance, features or picture quality.

TVU will make its first appearance in the Central Hall this year, moving from its traditional location in South Hall. This hall will become TVU’s home at the LVCC for future NAB shows.

NAB 2017 runs from April 22 through the 27th at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC).

Already in use by hundreds of leading broadcast organizations around the world, the TVU Networks family of IP transmission solutions give 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 Showcase End-to-End IP Video Ecosystem at NAB 2017

Enhanced Line of IP-based Products and Services Delivers Increased Workflow Efficiency and Flexibility for Broadcasters

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – April 13, 2017 – At the upcoming NAB Show, TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP video solutions, will showcase its end-to-end IP-based ecosystem of hardware and software products, workflows and services designed for live video acquisition, production and operational efficiency. TVU Networks will introduce several new products and technologies at NAB, including its TVU One mobile uplink solution with support for the HEVC compression standard, TVU Producer, a web-based application for producing live content for social media, an update of the company’s cloud-based centralized management solution, TVU Command Center, an Open API integration with the Associated Press’ AP ENPS news production system and new TVU Router, which delivers over 200Mbps of reliable, stable and high-speed Internet connectivity remotely. Additionally, TVU will showcase the version 3.0 software update for the popular RPS (Remote Production System), version 6.0 update for TVU portable transmitters, and a new version of the TVU Transceiver featuring support for SMPTE 2022-6/7 high bit-rate IP output. TVU Networks will exhibit at NAB 2017 in booth #C3739.

“The focus of our TVU Ecosystem is to make broadcasters’ operations more efficient through automation and workflow integration,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “All of the new technologies and enhancements that we’ll debut at NAB place an emphasis on better performance and efficiency through an IP-based video workflow. Designed to seamlessly fit into and improve a broadcaster’s existing workflow, our video ecosystem encompasses all areas of production, from acquisition to management.”

TVU Networks will introduce more efficient live video acquisition with the availability of its TVU One live mobile IP newsgathering transmitter with support for the H.265/HEVC (high-efficiency video codec) compression standard, which requires less data transmission. The compact solution delivers high-quality IP video transmission performance and features the company’s patented Inverse Statmux Plus (IS+) transmission algorithm to transmit dependable HD quality video with less than one second latency. 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.

The company will also introduce a new solution for web-based live production, TVU Producer. Running completely on an existing TVU Transceiver, TVU Producer enables broadcasters to easily produce live content to social media. Featuring a simple Web interface and support for Facebook API, TVU Producer makes it possible for a station’s digital producer to work within the same broadcast workflow as the traditional TV producer. With TVU Producer, users can seamlessly switch between incoming TVU transmitter sources, SDI inputs and uploaded video slate sources, add a graphic overlay and stream the produced output to popular social media sites such as Facebook Live and YouTube Live.

Additionally, the company will show an updated version of its TVU Command Center, which offers centralized remote management and control of all of a user’s TVU products and services. As a cloud-based solution, TVU Command Center offers the convenience of remote access from anywhere with an Internet connection. The product update includes a new multiview function that displays preview monitoring of multiple transceiver streams on a single Web interface.

TVU will also highlight new company partnerships at the show, including its new integration with the AP ENPS news production management system for an advanced newsroom content acquisition workflow. TVU and AP are partnering to streamline the field newsgathering workflow process with metadata-based linkage of media content to specific news story assignments at the point of acquisition. The integration automates and accelerates transfer and ingest of the linked content to the studio and within newsroom production solutions using a combination of AP technology with TVU’s new Progressive Download feature, which automatically mirrors content recorded in high-resolution to the TVU transmitter’s internal SSD, making it immediately available for transfer to editing solutions.

Another brand new offering at NAB will be the TVU Router solution, which can deliver over 200Mbps of secure, reliable, high-speed and untethered Internet connectivity remotely. Now offered as a software option for TVUPack and TVU One users, TVU Router allows for the easy sending and receiving of IP-based data from a remote location to any other location using the Internet. With TVU Router as a portable field access point, users can transfer and receive files, stream video, search the web, utilize any IP connected device or service to pass data and more for a high speed, reliable and secure data connection.

TVU will also demonstrate version 6.0 for TVU portable transmitters and RPS version 3.0. Version 6.0 for TVU portable transmitters introduces several new features including Progressive Download which streamlines field production by sending at high-speed a mirror-image, error-free copy of the camcorders recorded content to the studio as it is being shot, greatly streamlining news acquisition. Also included is an all-new VoIP service running on TVU devices for high-quality, two-way communication between the studio and the field. TVU will also introduce optional SMPTE 2022-6/-7 high bit-rate IP output support through the TVU Transceiver for integration with advanced studio IP workflows. In addition, TVU RPS version 3.0 will add the ability to synchronize across multiple unit pairs for additional channels, add a VLAN tunnel in order to connect any IP device between the field and studio and add support for VoIP.

Already in use by hundreds of leading broadcast organizations around the world, the TVU Networks family of IP transmission solutions give 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.

NAB 2017: TVU Networks and AP to Demonstrate Advanced Newsroom Workflow

New Metadata-based, Software-Defined Workflow Automatically Links and Accelerates Ingest of Recorded Content for Stories

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – April 11, 2017 – TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP video solutions, announced today that TVU and the Associated Press (AP) at NAB 2017 will showcase a new, integrated newsroom video content acquisition workflow developed through the two companies’ technology partnership. The new metadata-based workflow streamlines the direct linking of media content to specific news story assignments at the point of acquisition. The TVU Alert and AP ENPS integration automates and accelerates the transfer and ingest of the linked content to the studio and within newsroom production solutions.

The new workflow delivers greater efficiency for newsrooms. An assignment with associated metadata is created within the AP News Production System (ENPS) and sent using TVU Alert to field crews equipped with TVU Networks transmitters. The automated message from TVU Alert triggers the Progressive Download feature in TVU transmitters to create a high-resolution mirror image of the  camcorder’s content on the TVU transmitter (via SDI connection) as the story’s audio and video content is recorded at the camera.

The recorded video content, with matching timecode and the unique metadata for the assigned story, automatically and immediately transfers to the studio. Once in the studio, the location of the content and its associated metadata is reported to ENPS and placed in the rundown so that the relevant content is immediately available for editing and playout.

“We’re excited to continue our technology development partnership with AP to deliver advanced workflow enhancements to our mutual customers. Our newest integration effort between TVU Alert and AP’s ENPS will save newsrooms significant time and effort when it comes to newsgathering operations,” said Matt McEwen, VP of Product Management, TVU Networks. “The new workflow is designed to improve the efficiency and speed of news content acquisition through automation and a reduction in the need for human intervention, while also providing greater flexibility.”

A key feature from TVU utilized in the integration is the new Progressive Download function. With Progressive Download, when a user records content to an SDI-based camcorder, a mirror image of that content is recorded in high-resolution to the TVU transmitter’s internal SSD. The camcorder’s start/stop triggers are transmitted over SDI ensuring the timecode on the acquired content matches that of the camcorder’s own media. TVU’s mirrored content is immediately transferred at high speed via the transmitter’s aggregated link as a file to a TVU Transceiver video decoder at the studio in an editable QuickTime file format, making it immediately available for transfer to editing solutions.

“AP ENPS is always looking for new ways to help news people get the information and resources they need in the most efficient way possible. ENPS working with TVU’s Progressive Download eliminates tedious busywork and file manipulation for the producer in the newsroom and the crew in the field ­ and gets the video on the air or on the web as quickly as possible,” said Phil Avner, Director of Development, Broadcast, Associated Press.

With the TVU and AP integration, there is no need to manually transfer recorded clips or “tape feeds” from the field to the studio or wait for the original camera media to arrive at the studio. It also eliminates the need to manually ingest and log content at the studio, increasing operational efficiency through a reduction in workflow steps.

TVU and AP will be demonstrating the TVU Alert and AP ENPS integration at NAB 2017 in booth #C3739.

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 85 countries from industries that include news broadcast, sports, web streaming, law enforcement, houses of worship, corporate and government. In broadcast markets around the world including the USA, China and other major economic powers, TVU is the dominant technology and innovation leader with more than half of all news broadcast stations using its IP video solutions, which includes TVU One, the award-winning, ultra-compact mobile live cellular uplink solution, TVU Grid, the award-winning IP video switching, routing and distribution solution, and TVU RPS, the company’s most recent, remote production 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. More information about TVU Networks can be found at www.tvunetworks.com.

NAB 2017: TVU Networks to Introduce TVU Router – a 200Mbps Virtual Internet Cable

Advanced Wireless Technology Enables Any Place, Any Time Access to Secure, Reliable, High-Speed Broadband

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – April 6, 2017 – TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP video solutions, will introduce a new solution for secure, reliable and high-speed internet connectivity to connected devices from remote locations. TVU Router provides over 200Mbps of Internet connectivity from virtually any remote location and acts as a network accelerator. With TVU Router as a portable field access point, users can transfer and receive files, stream video, search the web, utilize any IP connected device or service to pass data and more for a high speed, reliable and secure data connection.

TVU Router will be shown within TVU Networks booth (#C3739) during NAB 2017, which runs from April 22 through the 27th at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC).

“TVU Router was developed from working with our customers closely and gaining a strong understanding of their workflow. There are many instances in which moving large data files from the field to the studio are needed but not practical due to a lack of high-speed broadband access. TVU Router solves this by creating a wireless Ethernet cable-like connection between the two locations that’s secure, reliable and high-speed,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks.

“While TVU Router has obvious applications for the broadcast industry, we’ve already seen strong interest from other industries such as sports that also have a need to move large data quickly from remote locations to a central location,” Shen continued. “With TVU Router, it’s like having the dependable, high-speed Internet connection you enjoy in your office out in the field.”

TVU Router allows for easy sending and receiving of IP-based data from a remote location to any other location using the Internet. For example, news reporters producing stories in the field may wish to upload completed news stories containing video that were edited in the field to the station for broadcast. Large file transfers that use a single, standard cellular connection are typically unreliable and too slow. Or multiple users may require reliable internet connectivity to effectively access hosted devices such as news production systems, media asset management systems, and automation systems. Multiple IP connected devices at the remote site may also require reliable network connectivity such as teleprompters, IP cameras, and remote cameras.

TVU Router is also a software option for TVUPack and TVU One. Current TVU customers can easily take advantage of TVU Router without the need for additional hardware or data services.

This NAB marks the company’s first in the Central Hall. TVU is moving from its traditional location in the South Upper Hall of the LVCC to the Central Hall. This hall will become TVU’s home at the LVCC for future NAB shows.

Already in use by hundreds of leading broadcast organizations around the world, the TVU Networks family of IP transmission solutions give 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.