NAB New York: TVU Networks Demonstrates Unified Platform for Video Contribution, Production and Distribution Using AI and Automation

Cloud-based TVU Producer, Contribution Automation Integration with Major MAM Providers, and TVU MediaMind Platform Among Highlights at Popular, Regional Show

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA– October 15, 2018 – TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP solutions, today announced the company will demonstrate several breakthrough technologies for news production during NAB New York later this month. Highlights in the booth include: TVU Producer for cloud-based multi-camera video production; newly established integration between TVU Networks and major media asset management (MAM) providers; and the TVU MediaMind set of solutions for AI-based automated video content management.

NAB New York will be held October 17-18 at the Jacob Javits Center. TVU Networks will exhibit in Booth N927 during the show.

With TVU Producer, video content can be cost-effectively produced for different platforms or even audience groups completely in the cloud. Non-professionals can easily manipulate graphics, scoring and text overlays during production, thanks to its WYSIWYG interface. TVU Producer can handle multi-camera production from virtually any location. It supports simultaneously output directly to major social media platforms and virtually any CDN platform. SDI delivery is supported through a TVU transceiver. It also offers a multi-channel IP video switcher and slow-motion replay.

The TVU Contribution Automation Solution (CAS), TVU AI Engine, TVU Real Time Search Engine, and TVU Workflow Engine comprise the TVU MediaMind platform. MediaMind simplifies and improves the process of transporting video to the studio, through the TVU Contribution Automation solution automating the planning, resource management, acquisition, transmission and routing as well featuring integrated metadata and contribution management.

TVU CAS simplifies and helps efficiently manage the flow of media content from story creation to production. Featuring integration with leading MAM systems, TVU CAS allows broadcasters to easily search through metadata indexed content to allow for the creation of stories faster. CAS bypasses the need for inefficient and time-consuming search term logging done manually.

At the heart of MediaMind is an AI real-time search engine, which from the start of the video production process, indexes all video. Using an entirely cloud-based model, complete with voice and object recognition, live and pre-produced video clips are located and indexed down to the exact frame and are instantly sharable. MediaMind automates the ability for different production groups to find the right content.

“Since our first announcement of TVU MediaMind during April’s NAB show in Las Vegas, we’ve seen tremendous interest in MediaMind’s game-changing ability to automate and use AI to effectively create a story-centric workflow,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “It turns the emphasis from the labor-intensive mechanics of production where one video is distributed to many into a customized story creation process where individualized versions of video are distributed automatically.

“We’re thrilled to get another opportunity to showcase our MediaMind platform and other new solutions during NAB New York, which we always look forward to exhibiting,” Shen continued. “It gives us a chance to connect with our existing and prospective customers in the Northeast who were not able to attend NAB in Las Vegas or the IBC in Amsterdam. We can’t wait to demonstrate the synergy and power of our combined technologies for the NAB New York audience.”

Aside from TVU MediaMind and TVU Producer, other innovations on display at NAB New York will be:

  • TVU RPS (Remote Production Solution) transmitter
  • TVU One mobile IP transmitter
  • TVU Nano with Router ultra-compact, lightweight IP transmitter for high-speed network access
  • TVU Grid IP-based video switching, routing and distribution solution

TVU Networks has over 2,500 customers in more than 85 countries. The TVU Networks family of IP transmission and live production solutions gives broadcasters and organizations a powerful and reliable workflow to distribute live video content to broadcast, online and mobile platforms. TVU has become a critical part of the operations of many major media companies. The TVU Networks suite of solutions has been used to acquire, transmit, produce, manage and distribute professional-quality live IP HD footage as an integral part of news, sports and major global events. For more information about TVU Networks solutions, please visit www.tvunetworks.com.

IBC 2018 Sees TVU Networks Extend European Market Traction

TVU builds closer collaboration with customers and partners through expanded EMEA operations

BARCELONA, SPAIN– September 10, 2018 – TVU Networks, (IBC stand: 2.B28) the global technology and innovation leader in live IP video solutions, has seen 12 months of consistent growth after launching its new European HQ located in Barcelona’s Innovation District. Its expanded on-the-ground presence has helped TVU work in closer collaboration with customers and partners in the EMEA region, to provide them with the best solutions to meet their needs for live events and news coverage.

The appointment of broadcast industry veteran David Jorba as Executive Vice President, Managing Director of Europe in Q1 2018, together with direct sales and customer support in all major markets across EMEA, have strengthened TVU Networks’ interaction with major broadcasters in the region. An expanded in-country sales and support presence has enabled closer cooperation with major customers. The Cairo-based Arab News Agency (ANA) invested in 55 units of TVU’s IP video solutions, including TVU One mobile IP transmitters and TVU Transceivers to support its newsgathering operation earlier this year. More recently, France Télévisions selected the TVU One and TVU Nano with TVU Router solutions to support an ambitious project for its coverage of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday 19 May, 2018.

David Jorba, EVP, Managing Director of Europe commented: “Having a strong local presence in EMEA means we can build closer working relationships with our customers and partners in the region. Our new European HQ is much larger than our previous regional office and we have seen a fivefold increase in the number of staff. The results are that TVU Networks is seeing steady growth. We are also delighted to have hosted a dedicated event for our EMEA partners for the first time and we can now work in closer collaboration to support customers with effective delivery, top-notch support and service.”

Amongst the companies that attended the 2018 partner event were BSS Trading, Future Trading, Magic Hour, Professional Show, Qvest Media and Techex.

Russell Trafford-Jones, Support and Services Manager at Techex commented: “Having support from TVU Networks in our time zone makes a big difference to our customers, and with more events, such as roadshows in the region, we can show our customers first-hand what the TVU solutions can do. It also gives them the confidence that they will get the support and advice they need both from ourselves and the TVU team.”

TVU Networks has over 2,500 customers in more than 85 countries. The TVU Networks family of IP transmission and live production solutions gives broadcasters and organizations a powerful and reliable workflow to distribute live video content to broadcast, online and mobile platforms. TVU has become a critical part of the operations of many major media companies. The TVU Networks suite of solutions has been used to acquire, transmit, produce, manage and distribute professional-quality live IP HD footage as an integral part of news, sports and major global events. For more information about TVU Networks solutions, please visit www.tvunetworks.com.

TVU Networks Expands Sales and Support Presence throughout Latin America

TVU MediaMind Platform to Make Latin American Debut at SET Expo in Sao Paulo

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA– August 21, 2018 – TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP solutions, today announced the company is expanding its team in Latin America following the appointment of Rafael Castillo as General Manager, Latin America, last May.

Castillo will lead the new team, comprised of: Edgar Chavez, Regional Manager, Mexico and Central America; Ludwyng Cuervo, Regional Manager, Andean Region and Caribbean; and Mateus Domingues, Solutions Architect, Latin America. All three are experienced engineers. Together they will offer sales and local area support for the entire TVU product portfolio to Latin American broadcasters.

“Latin America provides significant opportunities for our company,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “We’ve always been very active in this region. Now, we’ve got an excellent team in place, with local focus, who know the technology and the needs of our customers. They will elevate the level of communication with our current customers as well as outreach to those considering TVU. This new regional support is a further reflection of our commitment to meeting the needs of our customers wherever they may be – today and into the future.”

Chavez, who has a specialization in Telecommunications, began his career as a support engineer for various resellers, focusing on brands such as Miranda, FOR-A, and Volicon. He’s worked in sales and business development for companies such as: Excelencia en Comunicaciones y Tecnología, Telefonica Media Networks and Bitcentral.

Cuervo joins TVU with over 15 years in the broadcast market. He participated in the development and implementation of projects associated with the digital TV transition in Colombia. Most recently, Cuervo led the technical and sales departments at Istronyc Comunicaciones. Before that, he worked for RCN and Caracol Television.

Domingues comes to TVU after 10 years in the broadcast industry, largely in support and pre-sales. While at Brazilian resellers AVICOM and Alliance Technologies, he supported companies such as Ericsson, Bridge Technologies, Ross Video and Riedel Communications.

The three join Castillo and Claudio Frugus, TVU sales director for Brazil, just in time for TVU’s participation at the 2018 SET Expo in Sao Paulo from August 28-30.  TVU Networks will showcase its innovative video-over-IP technology offerings at SET, including the new MediaMind platform being shown for the first time in Brazil. TVU Networks will exhibit in booth #18 during SET Expo, held at the Expo Center Norte Red Pavilion and Convention Center.

“SET Expo is the largest event in the Latin American market, and it attracts top-quality creatives and technical personnel involved in each aspect of the production chain,” said Rafael Castillo, VP and General Manager, TVU Networks Latin America. “SET Expo is a key show for us because we have a solid and growing base of customers throughout Latin America. I’m particularly eager to show our current and prospective broadcast customers what our new MediaMind and remote production solutions can do for them.”

TVU Networks products will have its full portfolio on display at SET Expo, including its cloud-based in-studio and intuitive remote production systems.

For broadcast video workflows:

TVU MediaMind enables the customization of content for individual audiences for TV news broadcasters by automating video production and distribution.  MediaMind allows media companies to tailor raw video to viewers on specific social media platforms, cell phones, streaming channels, and TV. Archived footage can be repurposed as an asset, complete with searchable metadata. Existing TVU customers can quickly utilize the benefits of TVU MediaMind, such as a real-time search engine for all media assets.

TVU MediaMind consists of TVU Contribution Automation, TVU AI Engine, TVU Real Time Search Engine, TVU Workflow Engine and TVU Producer. From the start of the video production process, all video is immediately indexed based on its metadata by TVU MediaMind’s AI real-time search engine. Using an entirely cloud-based model complete with voice and object recognition, live and pre-produced video clips are located and indexed down to the exact frame and can be shared instantly. MediaMind automates the ability for different production groups to find the content.

The TVU AI Engine can be enabled with tens of thousands of TVU Transceivers deployed around the world.

A real-time speech-to-text transcribing service, TVU Transcribercan be used by broadcasters worldwide to help meet full legal compliance requirements and prevent profanity with audio muting. The service also provides the option to output text to a file format from an audio input source or embed text into a video stream for closed or open captioning. TVU Transcriber has a high degree of accuracy and supports multiple languages.

TVU Grid provides stations with the ability to route live video streams with as low as a half-second delay over IP networks to one or more Grid-enabled news stations anywhere in the world. Stations can take any video source, whether it be an SDI feed, IP video camera, Internet video, or a TVU transmitter and distribute the live video stream to any number of locations with sub-second latency. TVU Grid’s simple to use interface gives users control over the switching and routing of video streams from anywhere on a network of Grid-enabled locations.

TVU transmitters are the primary hardware component of TVU Grid, enabling stations to share video in real-time. The TVU Transceiver is a custom-built appliance that sits in each station and connects to Grid via a standard broadband internet connection. Stations can input video from any source to the Transceiver, whether it be from other stations connected to the Grid, from a TVU transmitter, from any online video feed or from another SDI source in the station.

Video demo of TVU Grid:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3djQD_0Hi4c

Working within the TVU Grid ecosystem, the TVU Grid Market gives users the ability to exchange, share, and sell video content using the Grid infrastructure. Participants view video sources that are available globally, and then request to take a stream and make it available for their own viewing audience. The entire process of transferring a selected video source is automated with minimal delay from source to destination.

In the field:

TVU Remote Production Systems include: TVU RPS, TVU Producer and TVU Timelock. Offering frame-accurate synchronization over the public internet, TVU’s remote production solutions remove the requirement for an OB truck and dedicated circuits, making coverage simpler and more cost-effective for live event broadcasters, such as news and sports producers.

TVU RPS is a frame-accurate, cost-effective alternative for live synchronized multi-camera remote television coverage, using a broadcaster’s existing studio control room staff and equipment and a public Internet connection from the field. Mostly used to cover sport events globally, it also benefits news broadcasters who have used it to cover national elections. The TVU RPS transmitter encodes up to six synchronized SDI sources and transmits high quality and low latency IP video to a remote studio based TVU RPS receiver.

TVU Producer is a cloud-based multi-camera remote production solution with seamless switch and features such as graphics and video replay. Capable of professional quality production, no hardware or software installation, and yet thanks to its simple WYSIWYG user interface it can be used by operators with virtually no experience or training. The minimum solution requirement is internet access and a smartphone. With a multi-channel IP video switcher and simultaneous output to social media, including Facebook Live, Periscope Producer and YouTube Live as well as most CDNs.

TVU Timelock provides wireless remote production for broadcasters that already own multiple TVU Transmitters such as a TVU One, synchronizing their signal. As a cost-effective alternative to traditional on-location multi-camera video production, TVU Timelock allows broadcasters to cover many more live events.

TVU Router provides high speed wireless Internet access up to 200Mbps and acts as a network accelerator to deliver incredible Internet anywhere. Featuring the company’s proprietary Inverse StatMux Plus (IS+) and data transmission technology, TVU Router delivers highly reliable best-in-class high-speed Internet connectivity from any location. When traditional wired access is unavailable, TVU Router solves this challenge by providing access.

For a single camera shoot:

With the compact TVU One, large and small broadcasters of live video can fully leverage the versatility of a lightweight, IP-based high-definition video field transmitter without sacrificing performance, features or picture quality. It uses the newer HEVC/H.265 video compression standard for greater efficiency in data management, resulting in less overhead and data use. Combined with TVU’s proprietary Inverse StatMux Plus technology, unsurpassed HD picture quality is delivered at sub-second latency over cellular 3G/4G/LTE modems even when transmitting in a moving vehicle traveling at over 60mph/100kph. TVU One integrates with major social media platforms, allowing broadcasters to transmit live video directly via Facebook, YouTube and others.

TVU Anywhere is an app for Apple iOS and Android that instantly turns a smart device into a live video transmitter by using the device’s cellular and WiFi connections to transmit live to the studio. TVU Anywhere is frequently used by sports production companies to film athlete interviews with just a tripod and a smartphone, with the capability of remote controlling pan, tilt, zoom and exposure functions from the studio – avoiding the need for on-site crew.

Powered by IS+, TVU’s innovative proprietary transmission algorithm, TVU transmitters can simultaneously aggregate any combination of bandwidth mediums including cellular 3G/4G LTE, WiFi, Ethernet, Ka-band and Ku-band satellite, microwave, microwave mesh and BGAN to deliver a reliable broadcast picture with sub-second latency.

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 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.

TVU Networks to provide Georgia Lottery Corp. with IP-based distribution for statewide lottery drawing broadcasts

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – August 15, 2018 – TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP solutions, today announced that the Georgia Lottery Corp. switched from a satellite model to an IP-based distribution system from TVU.

TVU Grid is in use three to four times a day, seven days a week, to distribute the Georgia Lottery drawings to affiliates across the state. Drawings are televised live on WSB-TV, Channel 2 in Atlanta; WALB-TV, Channel 10 in Albany; WJBF-TV, Channel 6 in Augusta; WRBL-TV, Channel 3 in Columbus; WMAZ-TV, Channel 13 in Macon; and WSAV-TV, Channel 3 in Savannah.

TVU Grid enables broadcasters to acquire live video from different sources and distribute it to other Grid-enabled locations. TVU Grid provides the ability to route live video streams with as low as a half-second delay over IP networks to one or more Grid-enabled news stations anywhere in the world. Stations can take any video source, whether it be an SDI feed, IP video camera, Internet video, or a TVU transmitter and distribute the live video stream to any number of locations with sub-second latency. TVU Grid’s simple to use interface gives users control over the switching and routing of video streams from anywhere on a network of Grid-enabled locations.

TVU transmitters are the primary hardware component of TVU Grid, enabling stations to share video in real-time. The TVU Transceiver is a custom-built appliance that sits in each station and connects to Grid via a standard broadband internet connection. Stations can input video from any source to the Transceiver, whether it be from other stations connected to the Grid, from a TVU transmitter, from any online video feed or from another SDI source in the station.

IBC sees TVU Networks expand its Live Media Acquisition Leadership

The extensive TVU Networks media acquisition portfolio enables live video to be contributed from any location over any network

BARCELONA – August 13, 2018 – TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP video solution, launches new premium functionality at IBC (stand: 2.B28) to enable operators increased flexibility and to robustly contribute the highest video quality from any location over any network. On stand demonstrations will show how and why the TVU Networks portofolio of media acquisition products provide a solution for every use case, such as contributing thousands of hours of uninterrupted live video for many of the world’s largest broadcasters during this summers World Cup as well as enabling France Télévisions to provide live coverage of May’s UK Royal Wedding from a moving vehicle.

“At IBC we will demonstrate how ifyou are a broadcaster covering a major event with multiple camera crews, a journalist with just a mobile and a tripod, and everyone in between, we have the solutions and infrastructure to make your live coverage stand out both now and in the future,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks.

The TVU Networks media acquisition solutions demonstrated at IBC include: TVU Anywhere, TVU MediaMind, TVU MLink, TVU One and TVU Router / TVU Nano Router.

For video journalists and vloggers alone in the field, TVU solutions include TVU Anywhere, an app for Apple iOS and Android which instantly turns a smart device into a live video transmitter through using the devices cellular and WiFi connections to transmit live to the studio. TVU Anywhere is frequentlyused by sport production companies to film at-home athlete interviews with just a tripod and a smartphone, with the capability of remotely control pan, tilt, zoom and exposure functions from the studio, avoiding the need for on-site crew. In addition, journalists can use the TVU Nano Router to deliver reliable, low latency and high speed connectivity critical to covering live events in full HD from an incredibly small form factor.This solution is perfect for capturing breaking, developing, and fast moving events.

For a single camera shoot, TVU provides TVU One, a multiple award-winning small, lightweight, IP-based high-definitionfield transmitter, to enable cameramen to contribute live video without sacrificing performance, features or picture quality. With less than 0.5 second latency at 3Mbp, using HEVC or H.265 compression standard to deliver greater efficiency in data use as well as increased transmission stability, it is in use by cameramen at thousands of TV stations worldwide. New functionality at IBC includes the option for embedded modems to deliver world-wide wireless transmission.

Cameramen can also utilizeintegration of TVU solutions with Panasonic’s P2 cameras, to stream directly from the field back to the studio for decoding and processing using a TVU Transceiver or use TVU Grid to distribute to multiple outlets.Finally, TVU Router / TVU Nano Router enables cameramen to access the Internet in the field and to cover fast breaking events by enabling live streaming and large video file transfers from any location.

For multi-camera shoots, in addition to TVU One, TVU Router / TVU Nano Router and the integration with Panasonic P2 and PTZ (Pan, Tilt and Zoom) cameras, TVU also provides TVU CAS (Contribution Automation System) , which automates the acquisition workflow by integrating all discrete equipment and functions in the acquisition process. Furthermore, TVU CAS aggregates all the metadata throughout the acquisition process. With the AI object, face and speech recognition module, all content will be tagged and automatically presented to the relevant production group for each story.

Additionally, TVU MLink enables satellite and microwave vehicle operators to add cellular 3G/4G LTE uplink to the vehicle’s transmission capabilities. The 1RU rack mount TVU MLink aggregates all available connections – cellular, satellite, microwave, WiFi and Ethernet – to broadcast live video with low latency. TVU MLink is also available in a HEVC and 4K encoding model. With its built-in cost control function, this solution is able to dynamically allocate bandwidth to the lowest cost link, to simultaneously increase the reliability of the transmission and save OPEX.

A recent application of TVU Router was enabling sailing fans all over the world to view the 2018 Congressional Cup regatta as it has never been seen before, courtesy of a partnership between the Long Beach Yacht Club’s (LBYC) media team and several technology firms, includingTVU Networks.Two TVU Routers supplied the connection needed for 360 Round VR cameras to provide live distribution to the Samsung VR Video website, Congressional Cup web site and the Tribeca Film Festival’s website.

Powered by IS+, TVU’s innovative proprietary transmission algorithm, TVU transmitters can simultaneously aggregate any combination of bandwidth mediums including cellular 3G/4G LTE, WiFi, Ethernet, Ka-band and Ku-band satellite, microwave, microwave mesh and BGAN to deliver a reliable broadcast picture with sub-second latency.

IBC sees TVU Networks demonstrate Remote Production Solutions that greatly minimize complexity and cost for live event coverage

TVU Networks’ live remote production solutions remove the requirement for OB trucks and dedicated circuits by maintaining perfectly synchronized signals from multiple HD cameras over the public Internet and the cloud

BARCELONA– August 06, 2018 – TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP video solutions, today announced that it will demonstrate its portfolio of intuitive remote productions solutions on its IBC 2018 stand (2.B28), including TVU Producer, it’s latest cloud based solution with game changing features, already popular within eSports and third leagues European football championship.

Offering frame-accurate synchronization over the public internet, these solutions remove the requirement for an OB truck and dedicated circuits, making live events much simpler and more cost-effective to broadcast.

“We reduce cost and complexity in a number of ways,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “TVU RPS removes the requirement for dedicated circuits and OB trucks by editing at the broadcaster’s studio; TVU Producer provides the highest level of flexibility, enabling virtually any organization to produce live events from any location in a matter of minutes. TVU Timelock enables the hundreds of broadcasters with TVU One solutions to elegantly and cost-effectively move to wireless remote production, ideal for navigating through concerts and other crowded events. By providing these three routes to remote production, we enable all operators to make the most of live-event programming, an incredibly important weapon in today’s highly competitive video marketplace,” concluded Paul Shen.

The solutions demonstrated include:

TVU Producer: a cloud-based multi-camera remote production solution including features such as graphics and video replay. Capable of professional quality production, no hardware or software installation, and yet thanks to its simple WYSIWYG user interface it can be used by operators with virtually no experience or training. The minimum solution requirement is internet access and a smartphone. With a multi-channel IP video switcher and simultaneous output to social media, including Facebook Live, Periscope Producer and YouTube Live as well as most CDNs, TVU Producer is the easiest way to produce professional quality multi-camera live events with perfectly synchronized switching.

TVU RPS: This frame accurate solution delivers a cost-effective alternative for live multi-camera remote television coverage, using a broadcaster’s existing studio control room staff and equipment and a public Internet connection from the field. Mostly used to cover sport events globally, it also benefits news broadcasters who have used it to cover a wide range of events such as the last Catalonia presidential election. The TVU RPS transmitter encodes up to six synchronized SDI sources and transmits high quality and low latency IP video to a remote studio based TVU RPS receiver. It also features individual bit-rate configuration per channel and optional channel priority to guarantee a constant signal for the most important live footage.

TVU Timelock: This solution enables wireless remote production for broadcasters that already own multiple TVU Transmitters such as a TVU One, synchronizing their signal. As a cost-effective alternative to traditional on-location multi-camera video production, TVU Timelock allows broadcasters to cover many more live events.

TVU Networks has over 2,500 customers in more than 85 countries. Its family of IP transmission and live production solutions gives broadcasters and organizations a powerful and reliable workflow to distribute live video content to broadcast, online and mobile platforms. TVU has become a critical part of the operations of many major media companies, to acquire, transmit, produce, manage and distribute professional-quality live IP HD footage as an integral part of news, sports and major global events. For more information about TVU Networks solutions, please visit www.tvunetworks.com.

Video Production Company Reduces Location Costs, Increases Revenue-Generating Opportunities and Turnaround Time

Detroit-based JPI deploys TV Networks’ RPS for multi-camera, remote live production

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA– July 2, 2018 –  Joseph Productions, Inc. (JPI), a Detroit-based media production company, recently turned to TVU RPS (Remote Production System) to increase efficiency for its high-end live event and corporate meeting video productions. Many of JPI’s clientele, ranging from corporations and live event producers to local sports and news broadcasters, faced limited budgets and were looking for ways to reduce costs and shorten turnaround time.

WithTVU RPS, JPI can send multiple cameras and camera operators into the field and contributes up to six synchronized camera feeds over the commodity internet back to their in-house control room for switching, and the addition of graphics, effects, text and other production elements. The TVU RPS transmitter transmits high-quality and low-latency IP video from the remote location to a studio-based TVU receiver.The receiver, in turn, outputs six synchronized SDI outputs. TVU RPS includes extensive support for: 16 channel AES/EBU embedded SDI audio, Variable Bit Rate (VBR) and the ability to set channel priorities.

“Previously, when we’d shoot a live event from a trade show, for example, there’d be costs involved with transporting our satellite truck, paying the crew to setup and strike the truck, electrical and cabling charges, plus the time involved in travel to and from,” explained Josh Kowal, Assistant General Manager, JPI. “We wanted to produce events quickly without having to set a control room up on site at each location. We knew there had to be a way to use our in-house control room that would save a significant amount of set up, travel time, and equipment costs.”

JPI turned to TVU RPS. With this system, producers can utilize in-house staff and equipment at the studio, saving significant cost in producing a remote, multi-camera live shot.

“Now, the entire production crew isn’t needed on site,” said Kowal. “With RPS, we only need to send one A/V technician with a camera to produce live stream video globally. We can offer our customers more competitive pricing. We’d been relying on satellite transmission for the same services in the past, which can be expensive. Plus, now we have less logistics involved with getting crew to other states. TVU RPS has effectively eliminated our travel and satellite costs. We no longer need satellite time, production trucks or satellite trucks. Our footprint of doing remote production is much smaller with RPS.”

Kowal believes there are several other types of production that could utilize RPS, including crisis communication when responses are needed immediately; streaming executive reactions when new cars come off the line for its automaker clientele; and nationally coordinated events from multiple locations that are coordinated into one stream.

JPI used its RPS unit for the first time during the LA Auto Show to live stream a 30-minute new car ‘reveal’ from a Tier 1 automaker to the auto show’s media partner Yahoo Live and to live viewing parties for corporate employees. The live stream was sent around the world, with just two JPI crew on site in Los Angeles. JPI has also used RPS at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit to cover live events for local broadcasters.

JPI combines live event and corporate meeting production capabilities with global transmission, high-speed WiFi access, advanced cloud streaming, audience analytics and graphic design services.

TVU Networks has over 2,500 customers in more than 85 countries. The TVU Networks family of IP transmission and live production solutions gives broadcasters and organizations a powerful and reliable workflow to distribute live video content to broadcast, online and mobile platforms. TVU has become a critical part of the operations of many major media companies. The TVU Networks suite of solutions has been used to acquire, transmit, produce, manage and distribute professional-quality live IP HD footage as an integral part of news, sports and major global events. For more information about TVU Networks solutions, please visit www.tvunetworks.com.

TVU Networks Helps France Télévisions Get to the Heart of the Royal Wedding

TVU Networks enables live interviews from the crowds, bringing the atmosphere of celebration to television audiences in France

PARIS, FRANCE – May 30, 2018TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP video solutions, was chosen by France Télévisions to support its coverage of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday 19 May. Broadcast on France 2, franceinfo TV and Digital, the programme titled Speciale Mariage Princier made use of TVU Networks solutions to provide live interviews and reactions from the streets and bars in Windsor and London.

France Télévisions’ coverage included two live feeds, totalling seven hours of continuous content, sent back to the studio in Paris. The biggest challenge was to ensure reliable bandwidth while camera crews were constantly on the move over such a wide area. The broadcaster chose the mobile units TVU One and TVU NANO, TVU Networks’ new ultra-compact router to enable the two crews – one in a taxi and one on a motorbike – to capture and contribute the footage they needed without being encumbered by wires or heavy equipment.

“The aim was to do something innovative with our coverage by giving it a fresh twist. We wanted to deliver live reactions from the crowd in Windsor and London using a taxi and motorbike. We needed something powerful that was also small in size and very low weight for the motorbike crew,” explains Guy Lezec, Production Manager, France Télévisions.

“Our goal was to maintain optimal transmission quality despite significant mobility challenges and high network overhead in these circumstances. We had to boost our signal. TVU Network’s presentations at NAB Show 2018 of aggregated sim cards and TVU NANO appeared to respond to our needs perfectly,” added Romuald Rat, Director of News Coverage and Production, France Télévisions.

The first feed comprised live interviews from a taxi using two TVU One units; one to transmit the signal from three on-board cameras (including two Go Pros) and the other acting as a router. Also on board was a small production switcher. For the second live feed, a motorbike crew capturing live crowd reactions was equipped with a TVU One unit and the TVU NANO, again one to support transmission and the second acting as a router.

TVU One and TVU NANO deliver high-definition picture quality with industry leading bandwidth efficiency all within an ultra-compact and rugged hardware design. The highly portable units with one button operation and a boot-up time of less than 20 seconds, enabled the cameramen to hit the ground running, eliminating the need for lengthy set-up times.

Acting as an IP-based high-definition video field transmitter, TVU One gave France Télévisions the versatility needed for the live video contribution without having to compromise on performance, features or picture quality.

“We are very proud that our solutions were chosen by France Télévisions for such a prestigious event. The TVU One and NANO systems are ideal for a wide variety of scenarios, particularly application requiring dependable, high-speed bandwidth,” said Yoni Tayar, Europe Marketing Manager, TVU Networks. “The royal wedding is a perfect example of how effective our solutions can be in helping broadcasters innovate in live outside broadcast situations.”

TVU Networks has over 2,500 customers in more than 85 countries. The TVU Networks family of IP transmission and live production solutions gives broadcasters and organizations a powerful and reliable workflow to distribute live video content to broadcast, online and mobile platforms. TVU has become a critical part of the operations of many major media companies. The TVU Networks suite of solutions has been used to acquire, transmit, produce, manage and distribute professional-quality live IP HD footage as an integral part of news, sports and major global events.

TVU Networks to provide reliable equipment and top-tier connectivity throughout Russia for major international soccer tournament

Full rental package includes the TVU One transmitter for live streaming of video footage

BARCELONA, SPAIN – May 23, 2018 – TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP video solutions, today announced that it will provide rental packages and on-the-ground technical support throughout this summers’ international football tournament in all 12 Russian cities that will be hosting matches. The tournament will commence next month, with over 150 pieces of TVU Networks equipment and local SIM Cards already lined up to enable broadcasters to successfully deliver matches and tournament news to consumers across the globe.

Solutions hired will include the TVU One, which transmits signals over 3G, 4G/LTE wireless portable and fixed video transmitters. Small and lightweight, the portable solution for remote, anywhere live broadcast and streaming also incorporates TVU’s proprietary technology Inverse StatMux Plus (IS+). This secures bandwidth by transmitting the video signal over multiple channels simultaneously. This technology enables broadcasters of the tournament to guarantee their top-tier connectivity at the event by being able to push a larger amount of data over the network. This results in better picture signal and ultimately, higher picture quality for viewers.

Inverse StatMux Plus also combats network instability through intelligently monitoring each network connection in real-time, making corrections and adjustments as network conditions change. This is ideal for the broadcasters who want to ensure that relevant video footage of the tournament is delivered in high resolution with low latency to traditional television sets, laptops and mobile phones alike. Use of the HEVC/H.265 video compression standard also reduces video production costs as less data is used while shots are still of the highest quality.

“TVU Networks has the solutions required for live video broadcasting of high profile national and global events from sports tournaments through to coronations, natural disasters and elections,” explained Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “We are constantly looking for ways to help our customers reduce their video production costs while allowing them to deliver the best live shot regardless of the transmission environment. We’re excited to be part of this world-renowned sports event and look forward to supporting broadcasters using TVU equipment, whether owned or hired, at this event and many other international sport competitions in the future.“

TVU Networks staff will travel to each of the 12 venues in Russia to deliver, set up and test the equipment. Many customers have arranged to pick up their orders from registered venues, such as hotels, in Moscow where TVU’s logistics office is based.

TVU solutions are relied upon by many of the biggest names in sports to deliver live video to any sized audience to view on multiple broadcast and online platforms.

TVU Networks has over 2,500 customers in more than 85 countries. The TVU Networks family of IP transmission and live production solutions gives broadcasters and organizations a powerful and reliable workflow to distribute live video content to broadcast, online and mobile platforms. TVU has become a critical part of the operations of many major media companies. The TVU Networks suite of solutions has been used to acquire, transmit, produce, manage and distribute professional-quality live IP HD footage as an integral part of news, sports and major global events. For more information about TVU Networks solutions, please visit www.tvunetworks.com.

Denver 8 TV Uses TVU Networks to Live Stream Outdoor Concert Series to Television and Web Audiences

TVU One portable IP video transmitter delivers uninterrupted live broadcast despite inclement weather and low bandwidth connectivity

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA– May 23, 2018 – Denver 8 TV, the municipal access television station for the City and County of Denver, Colorado government, will resume broadcasting and live streaming its concert series, Live@Levitt, on June 1st, usingTVU Networks’ TVU One mobile IP transmitterto send live feeds from the Levitt Pavilion Denverto master control in Denver’s City Hall, which distributes the signals for live streaming and broadcast. A remote production control room at the back of the amphitheater switches the program, which is then fed into the TVU One and sent to TVU video receivers at City Hall for live broadcast on the Denver TV 8 Comcast channel and streamed to the website Denver8.tv.

The Pavilion lies within a natural bowl in the middle of Ruby Hill Park, which also has one of the highest elevation points in Denver. While the park offers 360-degree views of the mile-high city, it completely lacks Internet connectivity. Even the City and County of Denver’s own network that connects other outlying facilities doesn’t run close enough to provide a short extension to the venue.

In addition to the park’s lack of connectivity, part of it lies in a river valley. City Hall, the site of Denver 8 TV’s master control operation, is in the middle of the city, surrounded by tall buildings. Without line of sight, renting a microwave hop to broadcast these concerts is not possible. And renting a satellite uplink is cost prohibitive for this public organization.  The installation and monthly contract charges forecast by a local high-speed Internet provider attempting to connect the production to a network for a wired feed also proves far too costly for Denver TV 8.

The TVU One IP-based, portable transmitter was selected as a one-step solution for the city’s remote transmission needs. The TVU One is available with HEVC video compression and TVU’s patented Inverse Statmux Plus (IS+) transmission algorithm to transmit full HD quality video with half-second latency at 3Mbps. It’s available with embedded modems and can transmit simultaneously over multiple connections, including cellular, microwave, satellite, BGAN, WiFi and Ethernet.

Despite the park’s less-than-optimal transmission location and the stormy Denver summer evenings, there’s never been any service interruption with TVU One’s transmission. “We had a lot of rain storms last summer and never experienced one interruption in our transmission,” said Alan DeLollis, TV Communications & Video Operations Mgr., Marketing and Media Services, City & County of Denver. “Weather destroyed two audio boards and front-of-house tents were torn down by the wind and rain, but the TVU unit kept on working.”

DeLollis believes the unit brings more potential for collaboration between city agencies and as a pool feed shared to commercial networks and social media.  “We see our TVU One unit offering us the option to change the dynamic of how we deliver our production services to other city agencies and create a platform where community engagement in public outreach is much more possible,” said DeLollis. “The next step is using TVU One as an engagement and a sharing tool.”

The organization is discussing increasing coverage of live city events that can now, with TVU One, be distributed to others. That includes potentially creating a pool feed dedicated to City-related press conferences, ribbon-cutting ceremonies, etc. that can be shared with commercial media or live to social media.

“If they have a news hole, they could look to our feed and immediately have something to fill it,” explained DeLollis. “If something comes up that they’re modestly interested in, they’ll have our pool feed to use. It would also help them contain remote production costs. Our feed would show up on their TVU system, and they can choose to use it or not. It could provide the city a lot more exposure.”

TVU Networks has over 2,500 customers in more than 85 countries. The TVU Networks family of IP transmission and live production solutions gives broadcasters and organizations a powerful and reliable workflow to distribute live video content to broadcast, online and mobile platforms. TVU has become a critical part of the operations of many major media companies. The TVU Networks suite of solutions has been used to acquire, transmit, produce, manage and distribute professional-quality live IP HD footage as an integral part of news, sports and major global events. For more information about TVU Networks solutions, please visit www.tvunetworks.com.

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