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.

Long Beach Yacht Club Premieres 360-Degree VR Livestream of 2018 Congressional Cup

Samsung 360 Round professional VR cameras and TVU Router provide high-end production quality and untethered, high-bandwidth IP connectivity for LBYC stadium match race event

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA– May 16, 2018 – Sailing fans all over the world viewed last month’s 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, including TVU Networks, Samsung Electronics America, Telstra Broadcast Services, BOXX.TV, broadcast integration and project manager Suitelife Systems and wireless innovation house Ocon Solutions Company (OSC).

In its 54thconsecutive year the Congressional Cup is known in sailing circles as the ‘gateway to the America’s Cup, as it features the who’s who of match racing sailors. On two boats off Long Beach Veterans Memorial Pier, two TVU Routers served as sea-bound hot spots, sending 360-degree, live VR footage from two Samsung 360 Round VR cameras– one on a sports fishing boat and one on the anchored MV LOYNES LBYC race committee boat. The TVU Routers provided the high-bandwidth IP connectivitynecessary to send moving, high-data VR images from the water to the pier for VR post-production stitching and VR IP network distribution.

Two TVU Routers supplied the connection needed for the 360 Round VRcameras to provide live distribution to the Samsung VR Video website, https://samsungvr.com. The live video was also linked to the Congressional Cup web site, www.thecongressionalcup.com, and to the Tribeca Film Festival’s website.

TVU Router uses multiple data communication links simultaneously such as cellular 4G/LTE, Cable, DSL, Satellite, or WiFi to deliver a highly reliable broadband connection up to 200Mbps remotely. TVU Router can dynamically aggregate up to a dozen different data connections for maximum flexibility. It supports multiple 4G/LTE connections from different cellular providers to power even the most demanding and data-intensive applications anywhere.

“The VR wireless connectivity from the water back to the pier and the network streaming set up performed flawlessly thanks in large part to TVU Router,” said Geoffrey Talbot, Executive Producer of the five day live streaming TV production. “Integrating 360-degree footage requires an enormous amount of bandwidth. We couldn’t have done it without the rock-solid connectivity of our TVU Router, which performed above and beyond expectations from stationary and moving boats.

“We were excited to embrace the ground-breaking VR production values with our HD live streaming production, knowing it would generate enthusiasm with younger viewers around the world.  Truly, the backbone of this endeavor is stable, high-bandwidth connectivity from moving vehicles in literally any location,” said Talbot. “We believe that adding high-quality VR coverage and making that video accessible online will bring new generations to the sport.  We have to be able to transport all of this data-intensive video live and untethered.”

The Long Beach Yacht Club Media team produced five days of live broadcast quality coverage of the regatta including a Video over IP direct feed to the New York Yacht Club and worldwide distribution over social media. Ocon Solutions oversaw the wireless technical and production preparations for the 2018 Congressional Cup.

“VR footage requires extensive bandwidth to view the images properly,” said Jim Ocon, President, OSC. “With the lack of infrastructure on site, multiple sources of 360-degree VR coverage, and movement, this set up stretches the limits of high-bandwidth connectivity in a live, real-world environment. I knew if any technology was up to the feat, it would be TVU Router. It was designed specifically to address this type of application. We were particularly eager to show how the high-bandwidth IP connectivity of the TVU Router helped deliver Samsung 360 Round’s stunning VR imagery of the event. The end result was simply spectacular.”

“The producers of this event are merging the best of technology with the best of sports to bring sailing to viewers in a way they’ve never seen it before,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks.  “We couldn’t be happier to be part of such a forward-thinking production.”

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 Welcomes Broadcast Industry Veteran Rafael Castillo as General Manager of Latin America

Castillo brings tremendous senior management experience in the region to TVU 

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA– May 1, 2018 – TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP video solutions, today announces that experienced industry veteran Rafael Castillo has joined the company as its General Manager of Latin America. Effective immediately, Castillo is leading TVU’s efforts to strengthen its presence across the Latin American region.

Castillo brings decades of management experience across Latin America to TVU. Most recently, he served in the roles of Vice President of Latin America and Caribbean for Snell Advanced Media, as well as Vice President of Latin America for SeaChange International. Previously, Castillo worked for Grass Valley for 18 years, including seven years in the role of SVP, Latin America.

“We are very happy to have Rafael join our team,” said Paul Shen, CEO of TVU Networks. “He has a proven track record of driving growth and strengthening relationships across the Latin American region – an area that TVU is dedicated to expanding its presence. As we roll out the new TVU MediaMind platform, which consists of innovative new solutions that use AI technologies to automate the broadcast workflow, we’re confident that these new solutions will simplify operations for Latin American broadcasters and content creators. We look forward to having Rafael introduce our new solutions to our Latin American customers, and we’re confident that he will accelerate our sales across the region.”

Castillo said, “I’m proud to be joining TVU Networks as its General Manager of Latin America. From the company’s flagship TVU One mobile uplink transmitters, to its new cloud-based video production solution TVU Producer Pro, TVU is focused on creating next-generation technologies that stay ahead of the curve. I’m looking forward to being a part of the TVU team, and am dedicated to expanding the company’s customer base in Latin America.”

Castillo is based in Miami, and can be reached at rcastillo@tvunetworks.com.

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 Receives NewBay Best of Show Award at 2018 NAB Show

The TVU Nano with Router marks company’s eighth straight year of product award recognition

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – April 19, 2018 – TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP video solutions, has been awarded a NewBay Media Best of NAB Show Award. The company was honored with the award from TV Technology at NAB last week for its new ultra-compact, lightweight TVU Nano with Router. Ideal for economy minded users with high-speed network access needs, TVU Nano uses TVU Router 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 Nano with Router solves this challenge by providing access.

“TVU was excited to present its latest innovations at the NAB Show, and we’re so pleased that TV Technology has recognized TVU Nano with Router as one of the stand-out products at the show,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “The solution is useful for a wide variety of scenarios – any application where dependable, high-speed bandwidth is needed in remote locations.”

TVU Nano with Router provides users with maximum reliability and flexibility. TVU Router’s unmatched high bandwidth IP connection works by aggregating and maximizing the use of multiple available communication links to ensure true channel aggregation – including 4G/LTE cellular, cable, satellite, Ethernet or WiFi – resulting in higher available bandwidth and network acceleration (up to 200Mb/s). For cellular connections, Router goes beyond basic load balancing and channel switching with support for multiple 4G/LTE connections from multiple carriers to power even the most demanding and data-intensive applications anywhere. TVU Router also features hotspot functionality for multiple user support.

TVU Router is compatible with high-speed file transfer applications, including Aspera and File Catalyst, for even greater performance. With a diversified WAN connectivity, network stability is maximized with TVU Router, while failure risk is minimized.

TVU Nano with Router allows up to three embedded modems. Powered by a rechargeable internal battery and equipped with antennas, TVU Router can be used in the field, carried, or mounted in a vehicle. With quick set up, easy configuration, and a variety of portable carrying and mounting options, TVU Router offers rapid deployment.

NewBay’s Best of Show Awards are evaluated by a panel of industry experts and are selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry.

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.

NAB 2018: TVU Networks Removes Barriers to Video Production and Distribution with New Story-Centric Workflow Approach

TVU MediaMind Platform Automates Content Indexing and Production

 MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – April 5, 2018 – With developments such as AI, big data, IoT and cloud computing, all businesses are undergoing rapid changes to their business models that also hold the possibility of a significant upside in efficiency.Industry 4.0*is a term coined to describe how these technologies can combine to produce a ‘smart factory,’ capable of making decisions and performing autonomously. This follows on earlier breakthroughs, including: 1) mechanization powered by steam and water 2) mass production powered by electricity and 3) computerized automation.

Currently, the video industry is experiencing its own sea change in the way video content is produced, distributed and consumed. Referred to as Media 4.0 or as ‘Enabled Media’ by TVU Networks, this evolution enables the customization of video per the specific requirements and tastes of individual consumers and its distribution through an automated process. AI engines recognize video content and automate its creation and distribution to cell phones, streaming to the Internet, television and social media channels.

TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP video solutions, will demonstrate its answer to Media 4.0, the new TVU MediaMind platform, during theNAB Shownext week from April 9-12 in Booth C1707.

“Media 4.0 is about enabling the mass production of content for individual audiencesthrough the automation of video production and distribution,”said Paul Shen, CEO,TVU Networks. “This helps media companies looking to produce more content without increasing their expenditures. Instead of creating content manually, technology can enable the tailoring of that 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. Media companies can’t earn revenue from material that’s never broadcast.”

TVU MediaMind consists of TVU Contribution Automation, TVU AI Engine, TVU Real Time Search Engine, TVU Workflow Engine and TVU Producer Pro. 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. With cloud-based TVU Producer Pro, different content can be cost-effectively created for different platforms or even audience groups.

Existing TVU customers can quickly utilize the benefits of TVU MediaMind, such as a real time search engine for all of their media assets. The TVU AI Engine can be enabled with tens of thousands of TVU Transceivers deployed around the world.

“TVU MediaMind creates a new story centric workflow, as opposed to a program-centric one, that removes the barriers involved in video production and how the video is shared with different production groups,” explained Shen. “It opens the floodgates for how programs are produced and distributed, removing barriers from the social media, digital and broadcast programming departments and creating one centralized search engine for all raw materials, live or recorded, that feeds all channels. And it helps media companies better target their audiences with appropriate programs.”

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.

*Industry 4.0 refers to the automation, digitalization and networking of design, production, information, communication and management processes.

NAB 2018: TVU Networks’ Contribution Automation Service Streamlines the Video Content Acquisition Process

Intelligent workflow automation focuses on story-based content collection

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA– April 4, 2018 – At the NAB Show next week, TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP video solutions, will introduce TVU Contribution Automation Solution (TVU CAS), an innovative service which automates planning, resource management, acquisition, transmission and routing, and also features integrated metadata and contribution management. Furthermore, TVU also provides an open API (TVU CASAPI) for acquisition devices, transmission devices, receiving devices and routers as well as news systems to be integrated into TVU CAS. TVU Networks will exhibit at NAB in Las Vegas next week in booth C1707.

As demand increases for more live content for news, sports and entertainment, and fast production process in general, streamlining the live video content acquisition and processing of live video content is becoming a necessity for most media organizations, such as TV stations. TVU CAS is able to have the entire acquisition process planned at story creation stage. The resources, such as people, devices and routing are assigned to story and tasks. In addition, all assignments are pushed to field devices, and the personnel who are involved. It will automatically execute the planned tasks according to the plan. Metadata, such as story slug, and information are automatically captured and associated with the corresponding content without human involvement.

“The existing human-driven content acquisition process is inefficient for the increased demand for production efficiency. TVU CAS addresses today’s production needs because it focuses on people and stories rather than machines and manual process,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “The entire content acquisition process becomes streamlined and more efficient with TVU CAS and allows the focus to shift from a rigid program centric to a flexible story centric workflow.”

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.

NAB 2018: TVU Networks’ Entire Video Transmission Product Line Now Available with HEVC

TVU now offers software-based HEVC support for its TVU One, TVU MLink 4K, TVU Anywhere and TVU Grid solutions

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – April 3, 2018 – At next week’s NAB Showin Las Vegas, TVU Networks will demonstrate its commitment to providing customers with the most efficient technologies available by showcasing its lineup of solutions that offer software-based HEVC encoding. Providing high-quality video with improved compression efficiency, TVU’s HEVC supported products now include the TVU One mobile IP newsgathering transmitter, TVU MLink/MLink 4K encoding solution, TVU Anywhere mobile transmitter apps and the TVU Grid live video switching, routing, and distribution system. TVU Networks will highlight all of its latest solutions at NAB in booth C1707.

“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 address this with the integration of HEVC into our entire line of transmission solutions, allowing our customers achieve much greater efficiency, “ said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “In addition, our HEVC transmission solutions incorporate distinct software technology advantages with our proprietary Inverse StatMux Plus (IS+) transmission algorithm, and the ability to deliver low latency during fast bitrate changes to ensure a reliable and high-quality picture in a challenging transmission environment.”

When accessing a public Internet connection, especially cellular mobile Internet, the availability of bandwidth is constantly changing. TVU’s patented Variable Bitrate Encoding technology enables a TVU transmitter to dynamically adapt the video encoding bitrate to the available bandwidth of the network. In a mobile Internet environment, bandwidth fluctuations change very fast and very often. TVU’s software-based encoder is designed to react to bitrate changes within a single frame time. This ensures the live video is transmitted with the best picture quality and without any interruption caused by bandwidth fluctuation.

Furthermore, the TVU software-based encoder is optimized to the transmission environment. In contrast, most commoditized hardware encoder chips are not able to be easily adapted to the specific environment often demanded by mobile transmission. For example, TVU combines a software-based HEVC encoder with TVU’s industry-leading IS+ transmission technology, providing an extremely efficient and robust solution for transmission in hostile environments.

With a software encoder, TVU can continuously improve the encoding technology as it has done in the past with its H.264 devices. A customer can purchase TVU hardware today with the knowledge that their TVU equipment will continue to improve with newer technology through a simple software upgrade.

TVU Grid, the world’s largest IP-based distribution network, will also be upgraded to HEVC.  With HEVC, major media companies are able to exchange content with their partners at an even lower cost on bandwidth. TVU Grid v5.0 also features TVU Grid Market, which gives users the ability to exchange, share, and sell video content using the solution’s infrastructure. TVU will also demo the TVU One with HEVC mobile newsgathering transmitter at NAB, which delivers dependable HD quality video with half-second latency within an ultra-compact and rugged hardware chassis. Additionally, the TVU MLink TE4500 HEVC and 4K rack-mount encoder will be shown – which provides cellular 4G LTE transmission capabilities to satellite and microwave vehicles, vans and trucks.

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.

NAB 2018: TVU Networks Introduces Powerful Cloud-Based Live, Multi-Camera Production Solution

TVU Producer Pro Uses Advanced Technology to Enable Simple Web Based Production For Today’s Social Media and Web Streaming Platforms

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – March 29, 2018 – At the NAB Show, TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP video solutions, will introduce TVU Producer Pro, a powerful new cloud-based video production solution. TVU Producer Pro is the latest addition to TVU’s family of remote production solutions, enabling anyone to do professional, multi-camera live video production without expensive hardware, software or training. Covering live events such as sports, concerts, corporate presentations, house of worship services or any other multi-camera production can be done from virtually anywhere using a simple web-browser based interface. The cloud-based Producer Pro features a multi-channel IP video switcher, titling and graphics capabilities and the ability to simultaneously output directly to Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Periscope Producer, virtually any CDN platform and SDI through a TVU transceiver. Taking place April 9-12 in Las Vegas, TVU Networks will exhibit at NAB in Booth C1707.

“Covering live, multi-camera events has traditionally been an expensive and complex task. The cost of purchasing or renting live video production hardware or production services meant smaller events had limited coverage or no coverage at all,“ said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks.  “TVU Producer Pro provides a flexible and economical alternative that requires no investment in expensive hardware or rental equipment services. It also provides the highest level of flexibility and simplicity allowing virtually any operator to produce the event from any location.”

Added Shen, “One of the biggest challenges with web-based production tools is Internet delay.  The unpredictability of Internet delay prevents actions like switching from happening at the intended frame. TVU Producer Pro’s patent-pending frame-accurate switch technology overcomes this limitation, enabling frame accurate previews in the web-based interface and the action to happen at exactly at the user’s intended frame.”

TVU Producer Pro supports multi-user operation permitting several producers to collaborate together concurrently on producing content. The simple WYSIWYG interface design makes it possible for non-professionals to easily manipulate graphics and text overlays during production.

TVU Producer Pro will work with all TVU transmitters – TVU Anywhere, TVU One, TVUPack and TVU MLink – IP video source or any standard IP video stream (HTTP, RTP, RTSP, UDP, etc.). A user can easily add up to six live streams at any time directly from the TVU Producer Pro interface. In addition, the platform is designed to allow any user of an iOS, Android or MacOS device to be added as a live video source within seconds by downloading the TVU Anywhere application.

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.

Largest Installation of Cellular Mobile Uplinks in Egypt as ANA Selects TVU Networks Exclusively for Newsgathering Operations

Transmission Reliability, Picture Quality, Operational Cost Savings, Remote Software Upgrades and Small Form Factor Cited as Reasons for Selection

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – March 28, 2018 – As part of the largest implementation of TVU Networks’ gear in Egypt, the Cairo-based Arab News Agency (ANA) purchased more than 55 new and upgraded IP video equipment such as TVU One mobile IP transmitters and TVU Transceivers for its newsgathering operations. ANA will use TVU Networks equipment exclusively for all its cellular uplink and video delivery needs, including IP streaming.

ANA is a premier media production provider in the Middle East with a reputation for high-end technical innovation. The company provides media services, including newsgathering and distribution, to broadcasters in the Middle East and North Africa. TVU Networks’ equipment reseller in the Middle East, Broadcast & Studio Solutions (BSS), coordinated the sale.

“As a service provider, we need to provide our clients with the latest technology and cost efficiencies,” said Ahmed Sonbol, Deputy General Manager, ANA. “It’s our business to stay on top of the best-performing, most cost-effective technology for our customers. And when you’re shooting and transmitting breaking news 24/7 for those clients, the speed and reliability of your equipment is critical. With that in mind, we knew we needed TVU.”

ANA conducted a thorough competitive evaluation before switching from its previous cellular uplink providers to exclusively TVU Networks. According to Sonbol, one big benefit in TVU’s favor was the cost-savings of  TVU Grid, TVU’s IP video switching, routing and distribution solution. With TVU Grid-enabled transceivers, ANA will reduce costs over its previous SNG set up, which required an on-site engineer, technician, camera crew, large amounts of equipment and the procurement of satellite time. With TVU Grid, a broadcaster can take a live video transmission from one location and share it with any number of Grid enabled stations in the world. TVU’s Transceivers power TVU Grid.

“With the abilities of our new TVU Grid, we can distribute signals cost effectively, which gives us a real competitive advantage,” said Sonbol. “With our previous system, we had to book time and send a crew, which is expensive. Now, if I have a press conference we’re covering for example, I just need one person with a TVU One unit at the site, send the signal to our TVU Grid, and we distribute it. And we can share that transmission with other clients.”

The TVU One mobile transmitters will be used in the field, delivering video content mainly for ANA’s breaking news and sports coverage. Sonbol points to the units’ HEVC-compatibility as another reason for their selection: “We’ll be upgrading our TVU One’s to HEVC when Egypt completes its network switchover from 3G to 4G. When the 4G switchover is complete, this will be fantastic for us.”

Sonbol also cited the ease of updating with TVU. When the time comes to upgrade ANA’s TVU equipment, it can all be done remotely as software updates compared to other vendors’ hardware-only updates.

Sonbol also points to the stability and quality inherent in TVU’s patented Inverse StatMux Plus (IS+) technology. Thanks to the IS+ 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 and transmit HD quality video with half-second latency. “We’ve tested the IS+ with a low bandwidth signal,” said Sonbol. “It never cut out. The stability and picture quality are amazing. For us, with the largest number of cellular mobile uplinks units in Egypt, this is of utmost importance.”

The lightweight and compact size of the TVU One transmitters were another plus. “They’re much lighter and smaller than the uplink units we’ve been using for the past four years. Just one camera operator with TVU gear and a camera, and you’re all set.”

With TVU Grid, a broadcaster can take a live video transmission from one location and share it with any number of Grid enabled stations in the world. TVU Grid enables stations to take any video source, whether it be a SDI feed, IP video camera, Internet video, or a TVU transmitter and distribute the live video stream to any number of other Grid enabled 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.

The TVU Transceivers can accept multiple video streams from any IP-based video source as well as any TVU Networks video transmitter. TVU Transceivers offer an optional feature that allow users to take a live TVU transmission and output it to a third-party website or CDN. The live video is encoded into an IP format and can be sent to up to six different remote locations. Integration with Facebook Live can be added to TVU Transceivers for live video streaming to the network.

The TVU One live mobile IP transmitter with integrated HEVC compression replaced DMC’s existing TVU mobile units. Featuring TVU’s patented Inverse Statmux Plus (IS+) transmission algorithm, TVU One can deliver HD quality video with half-second latency at 3Mbps. It can transmit simultaneously over multiple mediums, including cellular, microwave, satellite, BGAN, WiFi and Ethernet.

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.