News organizations are increasingly using breakthroughs in technology to allow journalists to remotely, yet quickly, deliver more content over multiple platforms. The advances range from improved cellular networks that speed transmission of content from the field to the newsroom and cameras capable of streaming and providing remote video, to a host of tools available for journalists to remotely edit and produce content while collaborating with their newsrooms. Above, Grass Valley’s new GV Alyve, released at this year’s IBC Show, gives reporters a “virtual control room in the cloud” for production and distribution of video and livestream content. (Source: Grass Valley)
Buffalo, N.Y.-based sports and entertainment company Pegula Sports & Entertainment (PSE) prides itself on building fan experiences for professional sports teams including the Buffalo Bills (NFL), Buffalo Sabres (NHL), Buffalo Bandits (NLL), and Rochester Americans (AHL). Live video has become the main driver allowing the teams to expand their reach and engage with fans on another level. Throughout the year, the PSE production crew produce […]
The IP solutions provider says the investment by Francisco Partners and IGP Capital Enables LiveU to focus on long-term strategy, accelerate and advance its business objectives.
Fox News Channel will launch its Quick Response Vehicle Program during the NAB Show next week in Las Vegas. In partnership with LiveU and Accelerated Media Technologies, the program centers around a Nissan NV 3500, which Fox News said is “a one-stop shop for a photographer and crew covering and chasing down a breaking news story.”
Cox’s WFTV Orlando is at the cutting edge of field transmission, using streaming cameras on vehicles that can be remotely controlled by a tech back at the station and transmitting over a 4G link. As more stations want that kind of capability, vendors are responding with bonded cellular and other wireless gear to improve efficiencies and connectivity and are working to include high-speed 5G wireless technology.
The effort of covering the historic storm fully tested Houston stations’ technological and logistical prowess and planning, while straining their human resources. With power and cable outages prevalent, the broadcasters also streamed their coverage continuously over Facebook Live so that folks with a charged smartphone could watch, too. Above, KHOU broadcast news temporarily from the facilities of noncommercial KUHT.
Ten years ago, as he was getting his company off the ground, Avi Cohen wrangled an NBC News executive to a suite at the Renaissance Hotel near the Las Vegas Convention Center where the NAB Show was under way. Cohen didn’t have the money, or credibility, to take out space on the exhibit floor, but he was confident that if just one TV executive saw his product, LiveU, it would take off.
The bonded cellular technology at the heart of today’s IP newsgathering systems has achieved such a level of maturity that many vendors have begun addressing the finer points, such as how to more closely integrate the workflow of reporters in the field with the newsroom and maintaining network speeds even when working within the confines of a VPN. At the same time, frenemy and outright competitors have arisen and are looking to make headway with stations by offering systems they say will reduce or eliminate ever-rising wireless data bills. Photo: LiveU. Click here to access TVNewsCheck’s NAB 2017 Resource Guide listing of ENG/IP Newsgathering vendors and products or here to download it as a PDF.
The inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump is less than a month away and the companies that support the IP newsgathering efforts for broadcasters are at work preparing to make sure wireless congestion isn’t an issue. As LiveU gears up for the inauguration, its COO, Avi Cohen, says it’s expecting hundreds of international customers to join a large number of existing domestic users in Washington for the event.
In the first of this year’s NAB Hot Topics series leading up to the NAB Show in April, TVNewsCheck’s Technology Editor Phil Kurz examines the rapidly changing world of field contribution. Broadcasters will be presented with a panoply of technology and applications at the NAB Show. While no two are exactly alike, most seek to leverage existing technologies in new ways to enhance workflows or reduce costs. For a resource page of the companies mentioned in this story, click here. See all 2016 NAB Hot Topics stories here.
This year, TVNewsCheck is augmenting its coverage of NAB Show Hot Topics tech trends stories with information that can make your visit to NAB easier. This week’s focus is field contribution (read the main story here). These companion resource pages on the technology covered each week are compilations of information provided by vendors. To download […]
LiveU | Booth SU4405 | Website: www.liveu.tv LiveU, a provider of IP-based live video services and broadcast solutions for acquisition, management and distribution, will feature its ultra-small transmission device, LU200. Unveiled in late 2014, the LU200 offers a bonded solution with a mini form-factor for live video transmission. Weighing just over 1 pound, the LU200 […]
As broadcasters feature more reporting from the field, they have begun deploying new types of smaller news vehicles that rely on cellular bonding, KA-Band satellite and IP microwave. The hybrids save on costs, and allow crews to be more nimble.
Congestion on a cellular network can pose a challenge to media organizations, as live video transmission from overcrowded areas may experience interruptions. On top of traffic issues, the physical terrain of the streaming location may also affect cellular connectivity, including distance to cell towers, and physical barriers between the cellular devices and the towers such as walls, buildings and natural terrain. However, there are several tools that can be used to help guarantee a stable signal.
With bonded cellular now a widely accepted ENG tool, vendors will show new gear at NAB that is smaller and lighter and enables broadcasters to use other communications links like Ka-Band satellite to enhance the reliability and performance and reduce latency.
Raycom Media has deployed LiveU bonded cellular products across its entire group, including LU70 backpacks and the LU-Smart app for smartphones.
Members of a new sales group at LiveU all have one thing in common: They used to sell for major broadcast graphics companies at one point in their careers.
Now that bonded cellular technology has proved itself as an effective and reliable way to send back live video from the field, the top vendors have begun supplying software for managing and sharing all the incoming feeds.“Broadcasters have gotten over that bonded cellular hump,” says Ronen Artman, VP marketing at LiveU. “Now they want to take control of their devices.”
LiveU, a maker of ENG tools for broadcasters, is preparing a lighter backpack solution heading into this year’s IBC Show that weighs about three pounds, half the weight of its existing model. Additionally, the company will announce LiveU Central, an IP-based routing, switching and distribution solution, that’s geared toward station groups.
The newsgathering cooperative is using LiveU’s bonded cellular technology to provide live, multi-camera feeds for a fuller picture of breaking news as it unfolds. It’s also partnering with Swedish startup Bambuser to give citizens with the ability to be video eyewitnesses on behalf of the Associated Press and stream video via smartphones.
Both companies are working to create an integrated solution that will let broadcasters send out video highlights on Twitter and Facebook through a LiveU bonded cellular device. For now, both companies are promoting each other’s services as referral partners.
The makers of the newsgathering technology are beefing up reliability as well as adding satellite capability, improving the interface between the cellular packs and cameras and enhancing control of the packs from the field or the station. It will all be on display at next month’s NAB Show.
Hitachi and LiveU entered into a partnership that integrates the bonded cellular company’s LU40 video uplink pack with all of Hitachi’s professional video cameras, allowing users to view and manage LiveU’s transmission status and video quality in real-time, through the camera’s viewfinder. Hitachi and LiveU are also working on a sales solution, where Hitachi would […]
A new software upgrade for Panasonic’s P2 cam AG-HPX600 integrates LiveU’s live video uplink technology, delivering the first available integrated live camera solution. As a result, videographers can now start and stop the uplink straight from the camera and monitor the LiveU unit’s status in the camera’s viewfinder. The AG-SFU603G software upgrade, which can be […]
When the hurricane devastated the coastal areas of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut in October, broadcasters turned to the cellphone-based technology to get live feeds back to the stations when microwave or satellite delivery systems wouldn’t work. “It continues to improve,” says CBS’s David Friend. “The delays are less, the signals are better, there’s less dropout. When we took the risk of using this technology very early on, it was hit and miss. Now we are more confident in its stability and its performance. We view it as an essential tool in our newsgathering efforts.”
LiveU, which pioneered live video streaming over cellular connections, is on a huge roll, now serving more than 500 broadcasters in 70 countries worldwide, according to COO and co-founder Avi Cohen.