Hitachi and LiveU Announce Strategic Technology Partnership

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Hitachi and LiveU, a leader in portable live video-over-cellular solutions, are announcing a new collaboration to deliver an integrated professional live camera incorporating LiveU’s LU40 compact video uplink device into Hitachi’s professional video cameras, enabling camera operators to view and manage LiveU’s transmission status and video quality in real-time.

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Sean Moran, VP of Sales & Marketing for Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, said, “We are very excited by LiveU’s uplink technology not only for broadcast applications but also for other market segments. This is only the beginning of our collaboration; we’re committed to building a strong integration between our two solutions to offer global customers the ultimate live video camera.”

Samuel Wasserman, LiveU’s CEO, said, “The Hitachi collaboration is an important step in LiveU’s global strategy to offer live capabilities to professional camera operators and simplify the workflow in the field. Our development teams are working closely together to build a unique solution serving many different markets.”

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Hitachi’s line of high image quality Broadcast and Professional HDTV cameras has a 50-year heritage that is well known in the Americas.  Not only do they offer one of the best R.O.I.’s in the industry but are backed by a well-known global and trusted brand name, HITACHI, one of Japan’s most financially stable companies.  All currently manufactured models of Hitachi HDTV cameras can be used with the LiveU LU40 as a peripheral unit mounted to the rear of the camera.

LiveU’s handheld LU40 device offers a highly robust and cost-effective HD video uplink solution for broadcasters and online media. Weighing less than 25oz (700g), the LU40-S comes with an easy-to-use touchscreen interface. The device includes LiveU’s proprietary internal antenna for stronger connectivity and new live newsgathering features such as: low latency for interview-mode; Store & Forward; file transfer (FTP); video and audio indicators; and under one minute boot-up time. LiveU owns the patent for cellular bonding in the US and other countries. The LU40, together with all LiveU products, are based on this patented technology.

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About Hitachi
Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd. designs, manufacturers and markets video cameras, digital transmission, processing and recording devices for the broadcast television, cable, video production, and industrial vision markets.

About LiveU
LiveU is the pioneer of broadcast-quality, video-over-cellular solutions that allow live video transmission (HD and SD) from any location around the world.  With top-tier customers in 60+ countries, LiveU’s solutions have been used for breaking news and high-profile events, including the 2012 US Presidential Campaign, London 2012 Olympics, Hurricane Sandy, 2011 British Royal Wedding, Japanese Tsunami, GRAMMY Awards® and Super Bowl. From backpacks to smartphones, LiveU offers a complete range of devices for live video coverage. LiveU’s solutions include multiple 4G LTE/3G, HSPA+, WiMAX and Wi-Fi cellular links, which are optimized for maximum video quality based on the available network conditions.

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