New Orleans Pelicans Deploy TVU IP Video Solutions for Live Video Streaming and Distribution

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – December 2, 2014 – TVU Networks, the global technology leader in live mobile IP newsgathering solutions today announced that the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans have deployed TVUPack live mobile IP transmission solutions and TVU Grid IP video distribution solutions to expand the organization’s live video capabilities and drive exposure with local media outlets.

For the 2014 season, the Pelicans have dramatically expanded the team’s live video capabilities and sought a solution to not only better engage fans through live video content on their Web site, but to also increase the franchise’s exposure in the local media by providing broadcast stations and online outlets with ready-to-air live video feeds. To make the solution work, the Pelicans also required a live video solution that would seamlessly integrate with the team’s existing video infrastructure, including a live production switcher used to produce live Web content.

In order to meet its objectives, the New Orleans Pelicans deployed IP video acquisition and distribution solutions from TVU Networks. As part of the team’s expanded live video production setup the Pelicans deployed a TVUPack live mobile video transmitter to transmit live video from games, practices and other live team-related events.

The Pelicans also deployed TVU Grid, a live IP-based video distribution solution. With the TVU Grid Transceiver, the Pelicans were able to have a direct connection with five local television stations as well as the largest online newspaper in New Orleans, giving the team the ability to push live video content to news outlets as it happens with just the push of a button.

“We stream every open press availability including practices, and pregame or postgame interviews with Coach Monty Williams live via the TVUPack to our TVU Grid Transceiver that is based in our production facility. We then push the live video content out from the transceiver to the local news organizations we regularly work with,” said Doug Tatum, Executive Director of Digital Media, New Orleans Pelicans.

The Pelicans also use TVU solutions as a more resilient and reliable way to transmit live video content to the team’s proprietary Web site. “We have connected our TVU Grid Transceiver with our live streaming gear, so we can still stream video from the TVUPack live directly on our Web site,” continued Tatum. “TVU has helped us get video content to the TV stations and other news outlets that cover us, and it’s giving us a live Web streaming solution that’s much more reliable than the old system we used.”

According to Tatum, TVUPack has given the Pelicans a reliable live video acquisition solution that is easy to use and portable, enabling the team to deliver live coverage from every home and away game. The TVUPack’s simple, one button operation eliminates the need for configuration at the arena, and eliminates the need for extensive photographer training. Pelicans photographers are able to connect a camera, push the power button and automatically transmit live video. “We’re traveling with the team and the TVUPack and providing coverage that we didn’t do last year,” explained Tatum.

Additionally, TVU Grid has provided the Pelicans with a simple method to distribute live video content to local broadcasters, which helps drive additional exposure for the team.

“TVU solutions have been everything we wanted them to be. They have done a great job of getting our video content of the Pelicans to local media outlets. With TVU, we’re able to send live press conference coverage and player interviews out to the media in our market that previously may not have been able to come out and get the footage themselves, which would have denied us coverage on the evening and afternoon newscasts,” said Tatum. “The feedback we’re getting from the anchors and news producers is telling me that we’re getting a lot more coverage. We’re getting almost daily feedback about how helpful it’s been for them to do their jobs and to get Pelicans content on the air.”

TVU’s customer support team has been another plus for the Pelicans, helping their video production staff navigate the technical setup of the TVU solutions in order to make deployment simple. “TVU support has been unbelievable. It’s probably been as good of a customer support experience as I’ve had in my time here at the Pelicans. Any issue that we have is troubleshooted and gets resolved right away. It’s been fantastic,” said Tatum.

According to Tatum, TVU solutions have been an ideal tool to help the organization increase exposure and drive engagement with fans and media alike.

“I think that TVU is perfect for teams or schools that want to get more coverage in their market. We’re thrilled with both the TVUPack and TVU Grid. Both are doing everything that has been promised. The solution has been warmly received by the local media, and I definitely feel like we’re getting more air time,” said Tatum.

Already in use by hundreds of leading broadcast organizations around the world, the TVUPack family of IP transmission solutions gives broadcasters a powerful and reliable tool to distribute live video content to broadcast, online, and mobile platforms. The TVUPack family of solutions has been used to deliver professional-quality live HD footage of a number of important events around the world including the 2010 World Cup, the London Summer Games, U.S. presidential elections, Hurricane Sandy, the 2013 Papal conclave, the Sochi Winter Olympics, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. For more information about TVUPack and other TVU Networks solutions, please visit www.tvunetworks.com.

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About TVU Networks TVU Networks provides broadcast organizations around the globe with innovative wireless electronic newsgathering (ENG) and Internet broadcasting solutions. Since its founding in 2005, TVU has provided solutions that enable any size broadcaster to overcome the limitations of traditional broadcasting infrastructure, expand distribution to a wider audience and capture and broadcast live video content in a cost effective way. TVU Networks is privately held and is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. with offices in New York, Boston, Raleigh, and Shanghai, China. More information about TVU Networks can be found at www.tvunetworks.com.

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More Than 1000 TVUPacks Used to Deliver Live Coverage of U.S. Midterm Elections in All 50 States

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – November 13, 2014 – TVU Networks, the global technology leader in live mobile IP newsgathering solutions today announced that more than 1000 TVUPack mobile IP newsgathering transmitters were used by hundreds of broadcasters to cover the U.S. midterm elections that took place on November 4, 2014.

Used by a combination of smaller regional broadcast stations and major national news networks, TVUPack IP newsgathering solutions were used to deliver live coverage of local and national election proceedings in all 50 states. Throughout the day, more than 1800 hours of live video were transmitted using TVUPack solutions, delivering real-time updates to viewers from on-location.

“We had a reporter going live with the TVUPack from a congressional candidate’s headquarters in Virginia, and the TVUPack was extremely easy to use and very reliable. The setup and delivery of a live signal was much simpler and easier with TVUPack than it was with our tried and true microwave setups. It was probably the easiest live shot we had on election night, and I thought the video quality was outstanding. Every live shot we did with the pack was absolutely flawless,” said Mark Kraham, News Director, WHAG TV, an NBC affiliate based in Hagerstown, MD.

To cover the breaking events during the day, broadcasters used a number of TVU’s award-winning video acquisition solutions, including TVUPackbackpack transmitters, TVUPack Mini camera-mountable transmitters, TVU MLink rack-mountable transmitters designed for use in production vehicles, and TVU Anywhere Pro – a transmission solution designed for mobile smart devices. Broadcasters heavily relied upon TVUPack because of its simple one-button operation and ability to simultaneously transmit over multiple combinations of cellular, WIFI, microwave, and BGAN, Ka-band and Ku-band satellite links. TVUPack also offers broadcasters TVU’s proprietary Inverse StatMux+ transmission protocol and smart VBR technology to ensure enhanced resiliency and superior picture quality in fluctuating bandwidth conditions, as well as the ability to transmit HD video with sub-second latency.

Already in use by hundreds of leading broadcast organizations around the world, the TVUPack family of IP transmission solutions gives broadcasters a powerful and reliable tool to distribute live video content to broadcast, online, and mobile platforms. The TVUPack family of solutions has been used to deliver professional-quality live HD footage of a number of important events around the world including the 2010 World Cup, the London Summer Games, U.S. presidential elections, Hurricane Sandy, the 2013 Papal conclave, the Sochi Winter Olympics, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. For more information about TVUPack and other TVU Networks solutions, please visit www.tvunetworks.com.

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About TVU Networks
TVU Networks provides broadcast organizations around the globe with innovative wireless electronic newsgathering (ENG) and Internet broadcasting solutions. Since its founding in 2005, TVU has provided solutions that enable any size broadcaster to overcome the limitations of traditional broadcasting infrastructure, expand distribution to a wider audience and capture and broadcast live video content in a cost effective way. TVU Networks is privately held and is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. with offices in New York, Boston, Raleigh, and Shanghai, China. More information about TVU Networks can be found at www.tvupack.com.

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TVU Networks
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Hollywood Production Studio Turns to TVU for Live Streaming Video from On-Location

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – October 27, 2014 – TVU Networks, the global technology leader in live mobile IP newsgathering solutions today announced that Hollywood production studio TheStream.tv has deployed TVUPack mobile IP video transmission solutions to deliver live HD video from on-location.

A pioneer in innovative online video media, theStream.tv creates and distributes both live and on-demand interactive entertainment via its Web site, YouTube, and other online video streaming platforms. Broadcasting from its state-of-the-art studios in Hollywood, TheStream.tv produces more than 30 regularly scheduled online programs covering a wide range of subjects including television and film, healthy lifestyles, sports and technology.

As an Web-centric media company fighting for viewership in an ultra-competitive space, TheStream.tv made a strategic decision to focus on airing a greater amount of live programming that was tied to events that are important to their target audience. To accomplish this goal, theStream.tv needed to augment its live capabilities with portable, mobile solution capable of delivering live video from on-location.

“We have a production facility in Hollywood that enables us to produce content that rivals what you see from over the air broadcasters. However, we were tethered to the studio if we wanted to go live, which limited us in some of the shows we wanted to do. Often times going live from on-location meant a costly or a complicated setup for our camera crews and it just wasn’t worth it,” said Susan Wrenn, CEO and managing partner, theStream.tv.

With its ability to stream HD-quality video over multiple cellular, Wifi, and Ethernet connections combined with its simple operation, TVUPack gave TheStream.tv a powerful and flexible tool to go live from on-location. “The TVUPack was an intriguing solution to us because we needed a video streaming solution that was portable and, perhaps of greater significance, reliable – and would let us go live from anywhere, regardless of whether or not we had access to a hard wired Internet connection,” explained Wrenn

According to Wrenn, TVUPack has been a useful tool in allowing theStream.tv to meet its objectives and grow its audience. “We can now be live and on location every day. We can share the events that our viewers wish they could attend, and TVUPack has allowed us to do that. The TVUPack has been a game changer for us. Not only has it allowed us to go live more frequently, but we are also able to be more creative in the types of content we are able to show our viewers. With TVUPack, the sky is the limit,” she explained.

Because of its portability and ease of use, TVUPack has been a valuable addition to theStream.tv’s production workflow. “It was imperative that our live streaming solution would be easy to use. We didn’t want to run into a situation where our cameramen or switchers were put in a position where they would need a lot of training or would need to spend a lot of effort configuring the technology,” said Wrenn. “The TVUPack has been a perfect solution for us in that regard. It’s so easy for our crew to use. They plug in the camera, push the button and we have live video. And the 24/7 support is superb.”

With TVUPack, theStream.tv has been able to expand its live capabilities and cover more live events that are pertinent to its audience. For example, TheStream.tv was able to put the TVUPack to the test during a recent red carpet movie premiere at the famed TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Partnering with the AMC movie theatre chain, theStream ran a three-hour live show to cover the event that featured a combination of studio hosts, pre-recorded content and frequent live interviews with the film’s stars directly from the red carpet via the TVUPack.

“We were thrilled with the TVUPack’s performance at the red carpet event. As we planned the production, we knew we needed a solution that would not only give us an HD picture, but would be able to perform with minimal delay,” said Wrenn. “The picture quality amazing, and the pack’s portability let us get in and capture the action on the red carpet in a way that we never would have been able to do before. More importantly, our partner AMC was very happy with the final product.”

Already in use by hundreds of leading broadcast organizations around the world, the TVUPack family of IP transmission solutions gives broadcasters a powerful and reliable tool to distribute live video content to broadcast, online, and mobile platforms. The TVUPack family of solutions has been used to deliver professional-quality live HD footage of a number of important events around the world including the 2010 World Cup, the London Summer Games, U.S. presidential elections, Hurricane Sandy, the 2013 Papal conclave, the Sochi Winter Olympics, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. For more information about TVUPack and other TVU Networks solutions, please visit www.tvupack.com.

Social Media Links:
TVUPack on Twitter
TVUPack on Facebook
TVUPack on YouTube

About TVU Networks
TVU Networks provides broadcast organizations around the globe with innovative wireless electronic newsgathering (ENG) and Internet broadcasting solutions. Since its founding in 2005, TVU has provided solutions that enable any size broadcaster to overcome the limitations of traditional broadcasting infrastructure, expand distribution to a wider audience and capture and broadcast live video content in a cost effective way. TVU Networks is privately held and is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. with offices in New York, Boston, Raleigh, and Shanghai, China. More information about TVU Networks can be found at www.tvupack.com.

Contact:
Dan Sorensen
TVU Networks
650-228-4842
dsorensen@tvunetworks.com