NFL Network Inks Deal with TVU Networks for Cellular Uplink Tech
TVU Networks has signed a deal with NFL Media to deploy TVUPack 3G/4G/LTE mobile cellular uplink solutions for NFL Network and other online and mobile new media platforms.
“There is a strong demand from NFL fans around the world for more access to live and instant video content that provides greater transparency and access to our 32 teams than ever before,” says Glenn Adamo, vice president, Media Operations of the National Football League. “With TVUPack, NFL Network is able to meet that demand not only in our broadcast properties, but also across Web and mobile platforms bringing fans closer to the teams.”
NFL Media, which among other properties operates NFL Network, NFL.com, and NFL Mobile selected TVUPack due to its performance in challenging RF environments such as stadiums and its ease of use. NFL Media will use TVUPack not only as part of its live broadcast activities during NFL games including the Super Bowl, but also for pre-game, post-game, and training camp coverage as well.
“Led by former NFL great Ronnie Lott, the TVU sports team has a strong track record for providing innovative live IP video solutions for sports leagues, collegiate athletics and broadcasters. As a technology provider for NFL Media, we look forward to a long and close working relationship with the league as it expands its ability to deliver live video to fans around the world,” says Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks.
Already in use by hundreds of leading broadcast organizations around the world, the TVUPack family of IP transmission solutions gives broadcasters a powerful and reliable tool to distribute live video content to broadcast, online, and mobile platforms. TVU offers a number of IP-based video transmission solutions including:
• TVUPack TM8200 – The TVUPack TM8200 is a video transmitter backpack that gives broadcasters satellite and microwave TV truck functionality in a lightweight, portable and untethered form. TVUPack TM8200 transmits video through multiple independent 3G/4G/LTE, WiFi, WiMax, BGAN, Ka Band/Ku Band satellite and microwave connections, aggregating all available bandwidth to ensure a resilient transmission and superior picture quality. TM8200 offers broadcasters, videographers and camera crews the world’s smallest, lightest and most powerful mobile wireless uplink solution available in a backpack. TVUPack is the original one button operation transmission backpack, is simple to use and provides broadcasters with low-latency, HD-quality signal that enables them to broadcast live at any time.
• TVUPack Mini – Weighing less than two pounds, TVUPack Mini is an ultra-portable transmission solution giving broadcasters, production crews, news agencies and independent videographers the ability to capture and broadcast live professional-quality video. Due to its small, lightweight design, TVUPack Mini can be mounted directly to a camera or used in a belt-mount configuration. TVUPack Mini SE is a variant of the TVUPack Mini purpose-built specifically for Sony XDCAM camcorders.
• TVU Grid – TVU Grid is an IP video switching, routing and distribution solution that gives broadcasters the ability to easily and cost effectively share live video streams between multiple remote locations and switch between them with virtually no latency. TVU Grid offers broadcasters unlimited scalability, making it an ideal point-to-point or point-to-multipoint live video distribution solution for network affiliates and station groups.
• TVU Anywhere enables organizations to instantly capture and transmit footage from iOS and Windows mobile devices. The company says TVU Anywhere is simple to deploy and operate and offers a number of enhanced features for broadcasters including store and forward functionality, IFB, the ability to control transmission settings from the studio and the ability to aggregate WiFi and 3G/4G/LTE connections.