With high-profile sporting events just around the corner, the makers of bonded cellular newsgathering systems are gearing up to showcase their technology to huge global audiences.
LiveU’s (www.liveu.tv) will get heavy use at the Super Bowl on Feb. 2. Both the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos will use LiveU technology to capture events leading up to the game, including Media Day, as well as produce daily online shows from their hotels. The teams will use LiveU’s LU500, a 2.2 pound uplink, and the LU-Smart application and Smart Grips for mobile phones.
Fox will use LiveU technology to capture events leading up to the game, and TV crews from stations in Denver and Seattle will be traveling to New Jersey with their LiveU gear to cover the games.
In addition to use at the Super Bowl and regular-season games, several bonded cellular companies are targeting the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, beginning Feb. 6. These include LiveU, Dejero (www.dejero.com) and TVU Networks (www.tvunetworks.com). All are aggressively promoting their work at the Games.
TVU Networks even hired a major sports figure to market its technology. Ronnie Lott, an NFL Hall of Fame member, joined TVU Networks last year to spearhead the company’s involvement in the sports market.
Under Lott’s guidance, TVU said it has tailored the features of its TVUPack to specifically fit the sports market. With one-button operation, dual encoders can simultaneously record and transmit HD footage. The system offers the ability to use 3G/4G/LTE networks with Ka-band satellite links to simultaneously transmit video.
TVU is offering TVUPack rental packages for broadcasters that want to cover the Games. “Live video content is in high demand, and as such, sporting organizations and sports media outlets are moving fast to adopt mobile streaming technology to meet that demand,” said Paul Shen, CEO of TVU Networks.
Dejero will offer a range of on-location services at the Games. It will offer its technical services Feb. 5-24, which includes two days prior to the opening ceremony and one day after the closing ceremony.
Beginning Feb. 5, Dejero is providing customers that signed up for Sochi support services access to two private licensed Wi-Fi hotspots. The first, overlooking the Sochi Games Park, offers a backdrop for live shots and other video coverage from the heart of the Games’ facilities for ice events. The other hotspot provides a panoramic view of the central square in the village of Krasnaya Polyana, the base location for alpine events.
The private Wi-Fi links at both locations will assure strong and reliable uplink connectivity for broadcasters to transmit high-quality, low-latency HD and SD video, even as local cell networks become crowded with traffic. Dejero will also provide 24/7 on-site technical support personnel to ensure that each transmission is a success.
In addition to the mentioned companies, bonded cellular services are also provided by Integrated Microwave Technologies (Nucomm), Streambox, Teradek, DSI RF Systems and Vislink.