Sony Latin America To Sell TVU ENG Solution

Portable live electronic newsgathering solutions company TVU Networks announced Monday that its TVUPack family of live video and audio transmission products will be distributed in the Latin America professional broadcast market via Sony Professional Latin America.

Sony will work with its network of local resellers to deliver the TVUPack solution to broadcast customers in Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Included in that solution is the TVUPack backpack and camera mount cellular uplink solutions, including TVUPack Mini SE — a new, fully-integrated wireless uplink solution specifically built for Sony shoulder camcorders.

The TVUPack product line includes portable ENG solutions that allow broadcasters to capture and broadcast live interviews and events in SD or HD using bonded cellular technology — over multiple 3G/4G cellular networks — or over Wi-Fi, WiMax and BGAN. The company’s products are available in backpack, camera mount and belt mount configurations.

One of the limitations of bonded cellular is that it can be unreliable — especially in big crowds when multiple cellphones can clog the network. To address this problem TVU Networks touts its Inverse StatMux technology, which segments a live video signal and transmits the segments through multiple independent 3G/4G connections. The system’s software monitors bandwidth and performance of each connection in real time, aiming to ensure that each wireless connection is fully utilized, delivering the most stable broadcast-quality live signal available from a portable ENG solution.

“Because of the wide availability of 3G networks across the region and the deployment of LTE in areas such as Brazil and Argentina, we are eager to work with TVU to deliver the next step in live broadcast,” Luiz Padilha, VP of sales and marketing for Professional Sony Latin America, said in a statement.

Paul Shen, CEO of TVU Networks added: “TVU and Sony have an established history of working closely together on technology innovation, and we are pleased to extend our partnership to a sales relationship that will enable Sony customers to deliver live video to viewers in a cost-effective manner.”

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