TVU Networks, the market and technology leader in cloud and IP-based live video solutions, today announced that the team at the Indonesia Cycling Federation (ICF) employed TVU One 4K HDR mobile transmitters on October 26 to live stream 4K coverage of this year’s National Championship, the Criterium Road Race, in Garut, West Java. The broadcast team from ICF transmitted rock-solid audio and video from speeding motorbikes despite challenging technical conditions throughout the road race, thanks to TVU One’s patented Inverse StatMux Plus (IS+) technology. IS+ uses less data to achieve transmissions with virtually zero latency, down to 0.8 seconds – even when going live in 4K HDR from the back of a speeding motorcycle.
The ICF team turned to TVU One for the 2021 Championship as well, when it took its more traditional, pre-pandemic form of an 8-stage race, opening with a tour of the Peninsular and ending 1,115 km later with challenging ascents on the Indonesian mainland. For a view of this year’s action, check out the event’s live stream on ICF’s youtube channel here.
The quality of signal transmission, along with extensive range and ease of operation, were the biggest concerns for ICF and a major factor in the decision to purchase six TVU One mobile transmitters and two TVU receivers for a fast-action sport like competitive cycling.
Local video production company Motoshoot Indonesia provided production services for the live event. “In some locations in Indonesia, there is only about 70% cell coverage, whether it’s 3G or 4G,” explained Motoshoot Indonesia Project Manager Hidayatullah Hadi, “yet the TVU One still gives us a stable 60fps picture.” The TVU One mobile unit selects the strongest cellular network connection and simultaneously aggregates up to 12 data connections including 3G/4G, 5G LTE, WiFi, ethernet, satellite, and microwave.
“In the past, with products from a competitive provider,” Hadi continued, “we experienced frequent image freezes in areas like Sumatra, Papua, Kalimantan, Sulawesi where there are poor network conditions. But when we record live video from cameras using the TVU One mobile transmitter, the video quality is still good and very stable, even when the available bandwidth is low, thanks to its H.265 chip.” TVU One’s breakthrough H.265 hardware encoding chip delivers full broadcast quality 4K, 60fps HDR video at as low as 3Mbps (and 1080p60 HDR at as low as 800Kbps).
The TV One’s 4.5-hour battery life provides more time to go live, record, and transfer files for a wide range of live action and sporting events. Hadi said, “Fortunately, our local TVU Networks’ team is very responsive in helping us solve any unique problems we might face, to keep the video quality good and the picture stable even when the action speeds up under challenging conditions.”