Over 200 units, 80 Broadcasters, 2,662 Hours of Live Transmission
Broadcasters are choosing to transmit the vast majority of their LiveU footage live: a remarkable 98 per cent of the 10,156 transmission sessions were made using live transmission mode. This represents a major increase from the last game-changing event for cellular bonding: the London 2012 Olympics. With over 200 LiveU units deployed, 2,664 hours of live transmission, and over 40.2TB of data delivered, the tournament is proving highly successful for those using LiveU.
Juan Pablo Marino Director of transmission Caracol TV Columbia said: "We used several solutions from LiveU for the World Cup. The mobility we had with the units and Xtender gave us the ability to go live from five different locations at the same time following the Colombian team and its fans. A true game changer for us in the creation of content for global events."
Oscar Javier Rojas Valderrama, VP of operations, Televicentro said: "For Televicentro the LiveU were flyways. The quality achieved in Brazil was satellite-like. LiveU was a great player with Televicentro's Team of Brazil 2014".
Juan Alberto Esquivel, Director of Transmission, RCN television:"We took the LiveU units to São Paulo, Brasilia, Rio, Natau, Salvador, Recife and Belo Horozonte. LiveU exceeded our expectations. It gave us the mobility to go live from anywhere, anytime. We knew the Brazilian landscape would be challenging, however, we hit 9 Mbps in some areas. Also the management system, LiveU Central, gave us flexibility and geo-location that allowed us to maximise the use of the units in field."
With LiveU, broadcasters no longer needed to rent expensive satellite trucks, had the ability to easily travel with their LiveU backpacks throughout the 12 host cities which are located far apart, and provide live shots from anywhere without line-of-sight or vehicle access limitations. Therefore, broadcasters can now provide up-to-the-minute content, from many more places, and in a cost-effective manner. By leveraging the new 4G networks that were deployed in Brazil ahead of the World Cup, LiveU units were providing satellite-like picture quality with low end-to-end delay.
Ronen Artman, LiveU’s VP Marketing, said: “With these many units, LiveU has become one of the largest single service providers for outdoor uplinks covering mega events. At one point in the opening week there were 84 simultaneous LiveU broadcasts! We are very glad to see that the robustness of our market-leading products means that broadcasters are able to brush aside any pre-tournament concerns about overall cellular connectivity in the country. We are setting new records for live daily usage of bonded cellular transmission during a single event.”
During the FIFA World Cup 2014™, LiveU was providing onsite support at all the main venues in Brazil both directly and through its local partner, UCAN Digital Transmission. LiveU is deploying its entire portfolio of uplink solutions, including its backpack and camera-mount cellular bonding devices such as the LU500 and its signal boost Xtender external antennas.
LiveU’s support team was on the ground in the different venues, offering onsite 24/7 support in multiple languages during the tournament.
LiveU owns the patent for cellular bonding for remote news gathering in the US and other countries. All LiveU products are based on this fourth-generation patented technology.
LiveU is a leader in portable live video acquisition, contribution and management solutions. LiveU's award-winning technology enables live video transmission (HD and SD) from any location around the world. With top-tier customers in 60+ countries, LiveU’s solutions are being used for breaking news and high-profile events, such as the Sochi Winter Olympics, FIFA World Cup™, US Presidential Campaign, London 2012 Olympics, Royal Baby, Hurricane Sandy, Super Bowl and US Collegiate Championships. 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.