Super Bowl XLIX and the events leading up to the game have provided a benchmark of sorts for the uptake of IP newsgathering technology and use, says IP-based live video technology and service provider LiveU.
According to a LiveU press release issued today, the company say a 70% increase in the number of LiveU units used in the field for coverage from Phoenix, Ariz., compared to last year’s NFL championship game.
In all, 85 LiveU field units were used for Super Bowl-related coverage, including the events and festivities leading up to the big game.
To overcome cell network congestion, which has been a problem in the past at large events like the Super Bowl, LiveU said it secured two dedicated hotspots in the downtown Phoenix so users of its systems didn’t have to compete with the public at large for cellular bandwidth, the release said.
However, LTE coverage was up to the challenge, said LiveU VP marketing Ken Zamkow. LiveU users never needed to use the hotspots. The LTE coverage “was excellent” and the company’s technology “has matured to a point where everything was chugging along smoothly across downtown Phoenix throughout the week,” he said in the release.