TVU Anywhere Live Streaming App and TVU Server Deliver Immediate Updates for VSiN
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – July 9, 2019 – TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP solutions, has announced the purchase of its TVU Anywhere app for capturing and streaming live video with the TVU Server by the Vegas Stats & Information Network (VSiN.) VSiN uses the TVU set up to produce live remote coverage and updates for its growing audience.
Dedicated to delivering actionable sports betting news, information and analysis, VSiN broadcasts live from its studio at the South Point Hotel Casino and Spa in Las Vegas. VSiN’s first use of TVU Anywhere and TVU Server was a live report from Churchill Downs during this year’s Kentucky Derby when a Derby favorite sustained an injury and was unable to compete. That news shifted the gambling odds. Using TVU Anywhere and TVU Server, the VSiN on-site reporter delivered the news immediately on the VSiN network. The TVU solution was also used for the network’s live remote coverage of The 2019 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.
“With TVU Anywhere and TVU Server we can set up live interviews and updates at a moment’s notice,” said Brian Rogers, Executive Producer at VSiN. “Due to the expansion of sports betting and the number of events in different markets, we must be able to set up quick and seamless live shots in many locations without full crews. Although we just started using our TVU gear in May, we already foresee expanding its use. It’s easy to operate and integrates smoothly into our workflow. We’re producing linear, broadcast-quality, live interviews and hits with iPhones and iPads. And our need for live and remote programming just continues to grow.”
Rogers believes the TVU Anywhere and TVU Server solution’s ability to quickly deliver late-breaking news and live interviews is of significant benefit to both the network and its audience. He said it will also enable VSiN to better cover sports betting markets across the country by allowing additional contributors to provide commentary and live updates prior to and during events.
“We’re thrilled to be part of this exciting venture of which live streaming is such a key component,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “Their fan base relies upon timely video updates as well as the expert commentary provided by the VSiN anchors to make informed betting decisions. Broadcast-quality video will attract viewers beyond their core audience to the site. Reliable, live video is absolutely critical to their current and future success.”
Designed to turn a smart device or laptop instantly into a transmitter, TVU Anywhere is an app for capturing and streaming live video from anywhere, delivering picture quality usually reserved for more expensive professional video equipment. TVU Anywhere uses your smart device’s 4G/LTE wireless connection and WiFi when available to stream live video to a TVU Server video decoder. It uses TVU’s proprietary Inverse StatMux Plus (IS+) technology when aggregating all available 4G/LTE and WiFi bandwidth for streaming to ensure a superior picture. Users can go live instantly and monitor and control the stream from an easy-to-use interface. TVU Anywhere also features remote pan-and-zoom allowing an operator in a studio to control the camera remotely without intervention from the user in the field. Pan-and-zoom control allows for professional camera framing and exposure without degrading the HD picture quality.
The TVU Server (dual-channel VS3500/VS3100 models) can receive video signals from any TVU Networks’ transmission device as well as process IP streams of standard transmission protocol, SDI video, and store files in any MAM system. They are professional video hardware decoders designed for the centralized viewing, control and distribution of live video content.
TVU Contribution Automation Solution (TVU CAS) Named One of the Year’s Most Innovative Technology
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – June 27, 2019 – TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP solutions, was a winner in the inaugural Broadcast Production Awards from NewscastStudio, a trade publication for broadcast production. TVU CAS (Contribution Automation Solution) won in the “Best New Product or Service” category.
“NewscastStudio is a well regarded broadcast industry source, and we’re thrilled with their recognition of our TVU CAS as one of the year’s top technology innovations,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “It’s further validation that our overall TVU MediaMind story-centric workflow platform, of which TVU CAS is a critical part, has tremendous revenue-generation and workflow benefits to broadcast professionals and content creators. We’re grateful for this honor.”
TVU CAS is designed to streamline the capture and automatic metadata tagging of live video content. With TVU CAS, all video acquisition resources, such as people and equipment, are identified for specific stories and tasks at the story creation stage. Assignments are automatically pushed to personnel in the field through connected devices. These devices include portable mobile transmitter equipment such as TVU One and TVU Anywhere as well as fixed equipment like TVU MLink. TVU CAS is part of the comprehensive TVU MediaMind workflow, designed to eliminate barriers between social media, digital and broadcast production departments and revolutionize how media is produced, distributed and consumed within existing workflows.
The Broadcast Production Awards (BPA) are an expansion of NewscastStudio’s annual “Set of the Year” awards program. This year’s competition attracted over 200 entries across all categories. The complete list of winners is available online at NewscastStudio’s dedicated BPA website.
Access to Stringr’s Network of Over 90,000 Amateur and Professional Freelance Videographers Now Available through TVU Global Grid
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – June 19, 2019 – TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP solutions, today announced its partnership with Stringr, the premium video marketplace for custom, high-quality, video content. Stringr’s network of professional and amateur videographers is now available through the TVU Global Grid, the Cloud platform for content owners to contribute and pull video, enabling assets to be shared and sold on a global scale. The relationship leverages Stringr’s robust network of videographers and the established global presence of the TVU Grid distribution platform.
TVU Grid is an IP-based switching, routing and distribution system. With TVU Grid, stations can route live video streams over IP networks to one or more Grid-enabled news stations anywhere in the world with sub-second latency. Using its TVU Global Grid platform, users can exchange, share, and sell video content. Users can view public video sources that are available around the world, and request to take the stream and make it available for their own viewing audience. For a demo of TVU Grid, watch here.
Stringr allows users to access its content library and request custom footage from over 90,000 videographers around the world. In addition, broadcasters, publishers and brands in the U.S. and U.K. can access Stringr’s livestreaming function, which launch earlier this year. Users will now be able to put out requests through TVU Grid, and as a videographer in Stringr’s network begins sharing live footage, it will be transmitted directly to TVU Grid.
“The TVU Grid is used by thousands of newsrooms around the world,” said Brian McNeill, COO and Co-Founder of Stringr. “Integrating Stringr will give TVU users all the benefits of our platform, without having to flip between the two, therefore saving time, cutting unnecessary costs and maintaining content quality.”
The Stringr/TVU Grid workflow is seamless. A joint customer requests video from Stringr. When one of Stringr’s 90,000+ videographers goes live with video matching the request, the feed is sent through Stringr, straight into TVU Grid. From there, the joint customer can take the feed just as they would for any other TVU content.
“By incorporating Stringr’s network through TVU Grid, our customers have the best of both worlds – high-quality, low latency live video distributed through TVU Grid with the extensive Stringr videographer marketplace,” said TVU Networks’ CEO Paul Shen. “The combination enables our customers to deliver breaking news faster than ever before and opens up monetization opportunities for their own content. It makes the live production process much simpler with a streamlined workflow while providing greater flexibility and more options for dynamic content.”
A mutual customer brought the two companies in touch with one another, and the opportunity to partner grew from that initial connection. Both TVU Networks and Stringr executives saw the value in a solution combining TVU Grid’s access to global live coverage with Stringr’s ability to source live footage. “The combination of these two products allows our partners to get more live coverage, quickly, cost effectively, and within the same workflow they’ve always used,” added McNeill.
TVU Networks and Stringr are currently working with a major cable network and plan to expand to other partners shortly.
TVU G-Link Delivers Reliable and Cost-effective HD Quality Video Distribution
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – April 2, 2019 – At NAB 2019 TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP solutions, will introduce TVU G-Link, an Internet-based solution for live point-to-point transmission. TVU G-Link provides an affordable and reliable way to achieve high-quality transmission using only the public Internet to deliver HD video from one location to another with half-second latency. G-Link is ideal for applications such as news and sports broadcast as well as houses of worship looking to send live HD video from point to point. TVU Networks will show G-Link for the first time in Booth #C1707 during the NAB Show in Las Vegas next month.
“For broadcasters, video producers, and organizations looking to easily and affordably transmit high-quality, live video from a single point to another, TVU G-Link addresses that need,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “Dedicated fiber, satellite and microwaves lines are ultimately much more expensive than implementing an IP-based solution like G-Link for high-quality, live video transmission. We’re eager to show how this simple and inexpensive set up can help our current and prospective customers during the NAB show.”
G-Link runs on TVU MediaMind servers, with two servers paired together to form a link. The MediaMind servers are professional video hardware decoders designed for the centralized viewing, control and distribution of live video content. Within G-Link, one server acts as the transmitter/encoder and the other as the receiver/decoder. The servers support a range of input and output source types and remain securely connected regardless of the distance between them, making them ultra-reliable and deployable wherever necessary throughout the world.
The G-Link “transmitter” server takes incoming transmissions from any TVU Networks’ transmission device, as well as SDI video input, or external IP video and sends footage to the receiving server, which then outputs in SDI and IP formats in high resolution. The receiver can also output directly to social media platforms such as YouTube and Facebook.
Key Features of G-Link:
- Enables configuration of encoding (source name, type, bit-rate, delay) and decoding
- Ability to view encoding/transmission status of each link
- Local control: query, fast search, start/stop transmission
- Central control: management of multiple G-Link devices
G-Link can be deployed anywhere in the world as a centralized management platform, serving as the management hub of all connected devices from one location to another, no matter where in the world each of the two sites are located. In so doing, transmission costs incurred between countries can be greatly reduced with the use of public internet.
New Solution Part of TVU MediaMind Ecosystem of Cloud-Based Production, Distribution and Global Asset Sharing Marketplace
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – March 26, 2019 – At NAB 2019 TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP solutions, will announce the new MediaMind Appliance, a metadata generation and search engine that speeds production performance and content reuse within an existing broadcast media supply chain. The system uses a combination of time-code and AI-based facial and speech recognition to generate metadata. And an open API lets users connect directly with MAM and NLE systems. TVU Networks will exhibit in booth #C1707 during the NAB Show in Las Vegas next month.
“TV stations and news agencies have considerable media assets, but how can they be considered assets if they can’t be reused and repurposed,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “While there are many ways to measure the value of content in the media industry, there are ultimately only two: who gets to the audience first and what content is viewed and reused the most? The faster the content spreads, the more it is reused and repurposed, the greater the value of the content and the lower the production cost. That’s what’s driven the creation of the TVU MediaMind appliance and the entire MediaMind workflow.”
Because the MediaMind appliance utilizes both AI and time code to generate search results, it can convert audio and video into structured data in real-time. It’s capable of searching a raw asset at any stage of production – from assignment through to on-air. With the help of TVU’s AI engine, real-time speech recognition lets users find text results even faster than they would searching for images alone. Users simply type in what they’re looking for and the appropriate section of a time code appears. The real-time content search engine uses time code to identify each asset with a unique ID.
Clips can be marked and saved for immediate use. There’s no need to wait for pre-production to finish or for the video file to be entered into the MAM system. With the reporter still on scene, the clip is ready to go online or on-air.
The TVU MediaMind appliance is part of a TVU SaaS model that uses the TVU MediaMind server (dual-channel VS3500/VS3100 models) as the edge server. The servers can receive video signals from any TVU Networks’ transmission device as well as process IP streams of standard transmission protocol, SDI video, and store files in any MAM system. They are professional video hardware decoders designed for the centralized viewing, control and distribution of live video content.
In addition to the MediaMind appliance, the MediaMind ecosystem includes the following cloud-based products: TVU Producer for multi-camera live video production; TVU Remote Production System (RPS) for remote production using a broadcaster’s existing studio control room and a public Internet connection from the field; TVU CAS (Contribution Automation Solution) for the identification of all video acquisition resources on a given story at acquisition; TVU Grid – an IP-based video switching, routing and distribution solution; and TVU Grid Market, a central source for content owners to contribute and pull video enabling assets to be shared and sold on a global scale.
TVU MediaMind Appliance Highlights:
- Generates metadata for each video segment based on AI for facial and speech recognition and video time code
- Realize assets value with immediate reuse and repurposing across platforms, programs and organizations
- Exposure of assets to global media market
- Saves expensive hardware cost
- Reduces operation and maintenance cost
- Open API lets users connect with MAM and NLE systems
- No laborious cataloging required
- Includes the latest integration and support for automation, AI, streaming, 4K and 5G
Collaboration Reaffirms TVU Networks’ Commitment to the Power and Possibility of Advanced Video Capability Over 5G
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – March 20, 2019 – TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP solutions, today announced a partnership with KT Corp., the largest telecom company in South Korea, to bring UHD broadcast over KT’s 5G enterprise network. Under terms of the agreement, KT and TVU Networks will work collaboratively to establish an enterprise 5G network and related broadcast capabilities in Korea.
KT, formerly known as Korea Telecom, showcased the world’s first trial 5G services during the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games in February 2018. KT also broadcast live the last concert of K-pop group Wanna One on its IPTV service, Olleh TV, earlier this year. The broadcast was delivered through set-top boxes and mobile devices using the 5G network. KT is expected to launch the network’s full-scale commercialization in April.
This recent partnership marks a major step in TVU Networks’ continued commitment to 5G technology. The company has been at the forefront of 5G from the very beginning, with its transmitter product line supporting 5G. TVU Networks’ continuously collaborates with regional providers around the world in their 5G deployment efforts, continuously looking to implement that technology within its video over IP solutions.
“We’re thrilled to be part of such a pioneering effort that reflects our own continued commitment to the power and possibility of 5G,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “Video is now what most people watch on their smart phones, but to take the quality, services offered and accessibility of video to the next level requires the low latency, high speed, and ultra-connectivity that 5G provides. The backbone of the 5G network pares perfectly with our ability to acquire, manage and deliver the ultimate 4K video over IP.”
TVU Networks will work closely with KT to provide 4K UHD broadcast technology and services that meet KT’s 5G device standards. KT will provide technical support such as device standards and a testing environment.
Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS), one of Korea’s three major broadcasting companies, is working with KT to develop the broadcast capabilities of this new 5G network. SBS is a customer of TVU Networks and introduced TVU Networks’ capabilities to KT. Assisting SBS in these efforts is TVU Network’s Seoul-based reseller iCRAFT.
“We’re clear that 5G networks will be critical as we provide our customers with the optimal mobile video experience,” said Park Hyun-Jin, Senior Vice President of KT’s 5G Business Unit. “The data capacity, speed and low latency in the network will enable innovations unlike anything we’ve seen before. We know that TVU Networks is the ideal partner to take this next step in our company’s evolution. And we’re positive our customers will agree.”
April’s NAB Show Will See Updates Across Company’s Product Line that Incorporate the Latest Developments in AI, Streaming, 4K and 5G
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – February 20, 2019 – TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP solutions, will demonstrate the newest product updates for TVU MediaMind, its media supply chain platform, in the company’s booth (#C1707) at the annual NAB Show in April. TVU MediaMind’s story-centric workflow approach simplifies content creation, production and distribution while incorporating the latest integration and support for automation, AI, streaming, 4K and 5G.
“With the many, different ways media content is consumed today by viewers, broadcasters can no longer acquire, produce and distribute media for just TV. In fact, the way programs are created must completely change,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “By automating and optimizing the media supply chain process, broadcasters can realize the benefits of taking raw content and re-using it across many platforms, programs and even organizations. TVU MediaMind allows anyone to create stories, wherever and however they want efficiently, effectively and without limits.”
For example, within content acquisition, the company will showcase a new 4K version of its TVU One mobile transmitter, which is the first cellular mobile unit with the ability to transmit Ultra-HD/4Kp60 HEVC content. “UHD/4Kp60 is a much more technically challenging resolution to achieve in a cellular mobile unit,” explained Shen. “However, using our patented IS+ transmission algorithm and advanced FEC technology, we were able to overcome these challenges and transmit video in full UHD/4K at 60 frames per second.”
Added Shen, “The TVU One 4K and our entire family of portable and rack-mount transmitters are also now 5G ready.”
Other TVU solutions receiving enhancements and updates that will be demonstrated at NAB include:
- TVU One TM1000, TVU’s flag-ship HEVC cellular 4G/LTE mobile transmitter
- TVU Anywhere, an app for capturing and streaming live video from anywhere
- TVU CAS (Contribution Automation Solution) with new automated workflow integration
- TVU Command Center for cloud-based centralized management of TVU devices and services
- TVU Grid, an IP-based video switching, routing and distribution solution
- TVU Producer for full-featured cloud-based live video production
- TVU Receivers and Transceivers for video decoding, distribution and management of TVU and IP video sources
- TVU Remote Production System, a cost-effective solution for live remote synchronized multi-camera production for news and sports
- TVU Router, a portable broadband Internet access point providing up to 200Mbps of untethered Internet connectivity
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – January 8, 2019 – TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP solutions, today announced the company was awarded two 2018 Product Innovation Awards from Future Publishing. Publishers of TV Technology, Government Video, Radio World and Creative Planet/DV and VE magazines, the annual Future Publishing awards honor the year’s top product introductions in TV, professional video and broadcast/online radio technology.
The TVU MediaMind set of solutions for AI-based automated video content management was honored with a TV Technology Product Innovation Award; while TVU Producer for cloud-based multi-camera video production, was selected as a DV (Digital Video) Product Innovation Award winner.
“TV Technology and DV are well read and respected media outlets in the broadcast and video production industries,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “We are delighted to have TVU MediaMind and TVU Producer selected for this prestigious honor. Both MediaMind and Producer have seen strong interest and adoption since their introductions. We wholeheartedly thank Future Publishing for this acknowledgement.”
Introduced in April at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) conference in Las Vegas, TVU MediaMind consists of TVU Contribution Automation, TVU AI Engine, TVU Real Time Search Engine, TVU Workflow Engine and TVU Producer. MediaMind simplifies and automates the processes involved in creating a single port to feed all social media, digital and broadcast channels. A cloud-based model, it incorporates AI, voice and object recognition to enable the indexing of video clips down to the exact frame and the ability to share those clips instantly.
A component of TVU, with the web-based TVU Producer, video content can be cost-effectively produced for different platforms or 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. It also offers a multi-channel IP video switcher, instant replay and slow-motion replay.
TVU also received two 2018 DMW (Digital Media World) awards for IP-based delivery and cloud-based production for TVU MediaMind and TVU Producer. During the latter part of 2018, TVU was named a finalist in Streaming Media magazine’s “Streaming Media 50.” In April of last year, TVU was honored with a “Best of 2018” award from TV Technology for its ultra-compact, cost-effective TVU Nano for TVU Router. TVU Nano uses TVU Router as a network accelerator to deliver Internet anywhere. Now in its sixth year, Future’s Product Innovation Award recognizes excellence in manufacturing of products to serve the TV/pro video and radio/online audio industries. Winners are selected by a panel of professional users and evaluation criteria include innovation of concept and design, creative use of technology, price value, and suitability
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – December 3, 2018 – TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP video solutions, today explained how its solutions enabled Future Trading to remotely control the live streaming of the recent 2nd Teqball World Cup in Reims, France.
The Teqball World Cup took place on 12th – 13th of October 2018, attracting around 3,000 fans to the stadium in Reims to watch 91 players from 42 countries take part. Future Trading used TVU One to broadcast the competition, reaching to over 315,000 online viewers to date via a dedicated Facebook page.
Teqball, one of the world’s fastest developing sports, played on a curved ping-pong like table requiring football skills. It has attracted support from a number of high-profile international football players and was recommended for inclusion in the Asian Games only three years after the sport was established. With recognition already received from the Olympic Committee of Asia – governing 45 countries from the region – FITEQ, the International Federation for Teqball, has the ambition to have the sport included in the official programme of future Olympic Games.
“For this exciting World Cup competition, our TVU One solution enabled Future Trading in Hungary to remotely control the live streaming of the action to a world-wide audience of over 315,000 through Facebook. For an ambitious sport with fast growing global status like Teqball, being able to provide a global fan-base with high-quality live action is absolutely critical,” said David Jorba, Managing Director Europe at TVU Networks. “With such high- stakes, Future Trading chose TVU solutions, based upon our heritage of reliability and innovation.”
Commenting on the success of the World Cup live streaming Gabor Szanto, Teqball Marketing Director, said: “As many of our fans first discover Teqball online, it’s vital that the online viewing experience is engaging, reliable, great quality, and shows how innovative and exciting Teqball sport is. By working with highly-regarded and leading companies such as TVU Networks and Future Trading, we can guarantee online viewers the best Teqball experience, helping us to continue to grow our sports fanbase globally.”
There were a number of challenges to overcome to ensure a reliable stream for the event, the short preparation timeline, a limited onsite team support in Reims and no additional mobile base stations nearby to secure LTE overage.
However, the team successfully delivered live streaming of the 4-hour event without a single significant loss in quality. The stream from the TVU One pack was managed remotely from a transceiver in Budapest, Hungary. It was then transported to Facebook with the IP Streaming Output software function of the transceiver using six modems of both TVU packs with Hungarian SIM cards with roaming enabled. By connecting the WiFi of the TVU One to the hotspot of the TVU 8200, the remote team was able to simultaneously use 12 LTE modems to reach the internet.
“For a fast-growing sport, coverage of major events like the Teqball World Cup is incredibly important. By deploying TVU’s innovative solutions we solved a number of technical challenges, such as the lack of additional mobile coverage for the event. We are now working closely with TVU to assist with technical guidance for the development of a broadcast reference guide for all Teqball events. This will help ensure that the sport continues to grow by providing its fan-base with high-quality coverage of the action, regardless of location,” said Peter Juhasz, Sales Engineer, Future Trading. Future Trading Ltd is an integrator partner of TVU Networks based in Hungary and the surrounding region. They provide end-to-end streaming / broadcasting services on demand with experienced staff and often work with TVU Networks devices.