TV Azteca Deploys TVU Remote Production System for Annual Hollywood Awards Show Coverage

Cost-Effective Set Up Provided High-Quality, Reliable Live Coverage from Remote and “Studio” Location

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – April 23, 2019 – TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP solutions, today announced that TV Azteca, one of Mexico’s largest media companies, produced its coverage of Hollywood’s most prestigious awards show held annually in February with the company’s innovative TVU Remote Production System(TVU RPS). TVU RPS was used to transmit video footage from TV Azteca’s mobile unit at the venue in Los Angeles to a remote studio set up in a nearby hotel. A small stage on the terrace of the hotel suite served as a makeshift talk show set for commentary from the hosts during the live broadcast.

With director Alfonso Cuarón taking home three statuettes that night for “Roma,” the critically acclaimed drama set in Mexico, this year’s award celebration was of considerable regional interest to TV Azteca viewers. It was the first Mexican film to win the “Best Foreign Language” category.

“This was likely the most watched this presentation has ever been in Mexico,” said José Vera, Especial Events Technical Director, TV Azteca. “We needed to create a broadcast for our audience that looked great, included a lot of live interaction with our hosts, but didn’t add a ton of cost. TVU RPS maintained extremely high video quality video as it traveled from the hotel to the production unit and back. It allowed us to reliably transport video from one location to another, yielding professional-level results while still making economic sense.”

TVU RPS allows broadcasters to leverage an existing studio control room infrastructure and a public Internet connection from any venue to deliver frame accurate, genlocked and synchronized multi-camera remote production. The product consists of one rack-mount transmitter (encoder) and one rack-mount receiver (decoder).

TV Azteca installed the RPS encoder at the hotel and the RPS decoder at the mobile unit as a backup solution. The networks successfully sent three high-quality streams from the hotel terrace to the parked mobile unit at the theatre, as well as a return feed from the mobile unit back to the hotel.

“They were looking for something with rock-solid reliability and no degradation during transmission that was also cost-effective,” said Rafael Castillo, General Manager of Latin America, TVU Networks. “RPS was an ideal solution for them. With RPS, there is zero video degradation, no matter the transmission distance. I’m thrilled we were able to help TV Azteca produce such dynamic coverage of a very important live event.”

RPS performed so well during the event, that TV Azteca plans to extend its use to coverage of sporting events, including football matches.

TVU RPS provides a lower cost alternative for live remote synchronized multi-camera coverage for news and sports. With RPS, broadcasters no longer need to rely on production trucks and large production crews. It features an easy-to-use web interface for monitoring and controlling all aspects of the transmission, including real-time previews of all-six channels, current bit-rate and latency. The TVU RPS transmitter can encode up to six synchronized SDI sources and transmit high quality and low latency IP video to the TVU receiver, which in turn outputs six synchronized SDI outputs.

TVU Networks’ Innovations Honored as Best in Class by Variety of Outlets During the 2019 NAB Show

Awards Range from Transmission, AI/Automation, to 4K and 5G Reflecting Company’s “Your Story, Your Way” Story-Centric Workflow Approach

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – April 17, 2019 – TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP solutions, today announced industry-wide recognition of the new 4K version of its TVU One mobile IP transmitter, the TVU MediaMind Appliance AI-based metadata generation and search engine, and its IS+ proprietary transmission algorithm during last week’s 2019 NAB Show held in Las Vegas. TVU also provided mobile cellular transmitter equipment to producers of “NAB Show LIVE,” the official broadcast of the NAB. The live transmissions went flawlessly, and Broadcast Beat, producers of “NAB Show LIVE”, will continue to use TVU equipment at future events and venues.

“We’re thrilled to have these different organizations recognize different sectors of our work,” said Eric Chang, Vice President of Marketing, TVU Networks. “This really points to the depth of our company and to the IP-based solutions we provide to a range of applications occurring in diverse locations. The products and technologies selected are all next-generation improvements and essential in the creation of a story-centric workflow. We’re focused on pushing the limits of what’s possible to meet our customers’ live content production challenges today and in the future. I believe our run of award wins during the past 10 years as an NAB exhibitor is a direct reflection of our continued commitment to live production innovation.”

In the first NAB Show 2019 Product of the Year Awards, TVU Networks won in the AI/Machine Learning category for its TVU MediaMind Appliance – an AI-based metadata generation and search engine that speeds production performance and content reuse. This is an independently judged awards program that recognizes the most significant and promising new products and technologies exhibited during NAB.

TVU MediaMind appliance is a metadata generation and search engine that speeds production performance and content reuse within an existing broadcast media supply chain. The system uses a combination of time-code and AI-based facial and speech recognition to generate metadata. And an open API lets users connect directly with MAM and NLE systems. Because the MediaMind appliance utilizes both AI and time code to generate search results, it can convert audio and video into structured data in real-time. It’s capable of searching a raw asset at any stage of production – from assignment through to on-air. With the help of TVU’s AI engine, real-time speech recognition lets users find text results even faster than they would searching for images alone. Users simply type in what they’re looking for and the appropriate section of a time code appears. The real-time content search engine uses time code to identify each asset with a unique ID.

TV Technology magazine presented TVU Networks with a Best of Show Award for theTVU One 4K cellular mobile transmitter during the 2019 NAB Show. The awards are judged by a panel of industry experts on the criteria of innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry. All nominated products are featured in a special Best of Show Awards Program Guide, which will be distributed in digital edition form to more than 100,000 readers of seven Future publications.

Also introduced during the 2019 NAB Show, the 4K version of the TVU One mobile transmitter, a cellular mobile unit with the ability to transmit Ultra-HD/4Kp60 HEVC content. The TVU One TM1000 is TVU’s flag-ship HEVC cellular 4G/LTE mobile transmitter. “UHD/4Kp60 is a much more technically challenging resolution to achieve in a cellular mobile unit,” explained Chang. “However, we are able to overcome these challenges and encode video in full UHD/4K at 60 frames per second.”

The TVU One offers a robust set of functions to meet the needs of any live video broadcaster. It delivers industry-leading video transmission resiliency and HD picture quality from an ultra-compact and rugged hardware chassis. With TVU One, users can fully leverage the versatility of a lightweight IP-based video transmitter in the field as a part of an end-to-end workflow without sacrificing performance, features, or picture quality.

PRODU presented TVU Networks with a NAB 2019 Tech Award for its IS+technology.  TVU’s proprietary transmission algorithm, IS+ enables users to simultaneously transmit over multiple mediums with sub-second latency. Thanks to IS+, TVU transmitters can simultaneously aggregate any combination of bandwidth mediums including cellular 3G/4G LTE, WiFi, Ethernet, Ka-band and Ku-band satellite, microwave, microwave mesh and BGAN to deliver a reliable and dependable broadcast picture with latency as low as 0.5 seconds. IS+ uses advanced Forward Error Correction technology to produce superior transmission performance. When compared to traditional FEC/ARQ methods, IS+ uses minimal data overhead without latency introduced by packet retransmission. The result is a reliable transmission with high-quality images and ultra-low latency even in a moving vehicle.

FloSports Selects TVU Networks As Their Solutions Provider For On-location Live Video Coverage

Company Relies on TVU’s Video-Over-IP Technology to Reliably and Cost Effectively Air Live Events

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – February 6, 2019 – FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, live streams more than 10,000 live competitions per year across its platform. In order to keep pace with its 24/7 schedule of live and on-demand sports coverage, the company has selected TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP video solutions, to help address its growing need for on-location live video capturing and sharing.

Based on FloSports’ previous rental experience with TVU Networks’ equipment, they knew the company’s gear was more than up to its rigorous video content demands. FloSports uses TVU to simulcast events, produce live programming from remote locations, record footage for raw archiving material, and more. They also bring along their TVU One cellular mobile units to every venue as a backup to ensure they can always provide live coverage.

“We are currently using TVU for both primary and backup event coverage,” FloSports Director of Production Eric Helton said. “We’ve used equipment from other video-over-IP providers, but it did not perform well covering events like cross country where the camera has to move with the athletes across a course, which can cause fluctuations in cellular connections. In contrast, we found TVU One to be very reliable for this type of coverage, and we experienced better results. Additionally, TVU’s customer support is superior to the support offered by other providers.”

Powered by IS+, TVU’s proprietary transmission algorithm, TVU transmitters can simultaneously aggregate any combination of bandwidth mediums including cellular 3G/4G LTE, WiFi, Ethernet, Ka-band and Ku-band satellite, microwave, microwave mesh and BGAN to deliver a reliable and dependable broadcast picture with sub-second latency, as low as 0.5 seconds.

FloSports consistently delivers high-quality, live and on-demand coverage to its viewers regardless of the sport or venue. “The flexibility and dependability of TVU products enables us to push the limits of traditional broadcasting,” Helton added. “The technology has proved itself cost and time effective and works flawlessly every time. We’re thankful to have found them. TVU’s solid performance strengthens our commitment to the FloSports model of remote production and IP video transmission. It is truly the future of broadcast.”

“FloSports’ business model fits perfectly within the sweet spot of our video-over-IP technology,´ TVU Networks Vice President, North America Sales Matt Keiler said. “The sports they cover require remote production in challenging environments often without cellular or with unstable connections, with fast moving content, constantly changing locales, and a finite budget. We’re thrilled they’ve selected our technology to bring reliable and cost-effective live video sports content to their millions of passionate viewers.”

TVU Networks has over 2,500 customers in more than 85 countries. The TVU Networks family of IP transmission and live production solutions gives broadcasters and organizations a powerful and reliable workflow to distribute live video content to broadcast, online and mobile platforms. TVU has become a critical part of the operations of many major media companies. The TVU Networks suite of solutions has been used to acquire, transmit, produce, manage and distribute professional-quality live IP HD footage as an integral part of news, sports and major global events. For more information about TVU Networks solutions, please visit www.tvunetworks.com.

Germany’s TVN collaborates with TVU Networks to Deliver Enhanced Newsgathering Capability to the German Broadcast market

TVU’s innovative solutions enable TVN to provide next-generation live IP streaming services

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – January 29 , 2019 –TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP video solutions and TVN GROUP, one of Germany’s leading TV, Film and Outside Broadcast production company, today announce that they are working together to provide the German broadcast market with innovative, powerful and flexible IP video transport solutions.

“Our customers are facing growing demand for more news content across more platforms, so we need to help them with new and innovative ways of newsgathering. Deploying the advanced live IP video acquisition solutions from TVU, delivers the flexibility, mobility and reliability needed to tell stories from any location,” said Bernd Dypka, CIO TVN GROUP. “We worked closely with TVU Networks to ensure that our joint solutions enable broadcasters to get the heart of the news and action as it happens – whether in Germany or further afield.”

The first joint projects will see broadcasters deploy the TVU One mobile solutions to ensure that TVN customers can deliver the best possible live streaming video services, with unmatched quality and reliability regardless of location. The collaboration has been facilitated by TVU Networks’ long-term partner QVEST Media.

When discussing the project, Alexander Kritschker, Head of Professional Products, QVEST Media, said: “I’m looking forward to helping deploy the innovative joint TVN and TVU live video solutions so that the German broadcast market can more efficiently acquire, transport, share and re-use video to get on air first and enhance storytelling together with viewer engagement.”

David Jorba, EVP and Managing Director at TVU Europe added: “As the German market leader in broadcast facilities and newsgathering services, TVN Group has established a reputation for always being at the cutting edge. We are excited by the development of joint TVN and TVU solutions and look forward to ensuring that TVN continues to lead the way in providing innovative solutions that meet their customers requirement to tell stories better while increasing flexibility and efficiency.”

TVU Networks Supports Innovative Remote Production by Moscow’s Transport Department

TVU Networks enables seamless live interviews from a moving carriage on the Moscow Metro’s Circle Line

BARCELONA, SPAIN– October 16, 2018 – TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP video solutions, was chosen by Moscow’s Transport Department to deliver an innovative broadcast to mark the eighth Moscow Urban Forum 2018, held in July this year. TVU Networks solutions were used to facilitate live interviews with public officials from two locations, from a studio located in the Forum venue at the Park Zaryadye cultural centre near the iconic Kremlin and Red Square, and from a moving carriage on the Moscow Metro’s Circle Line, 84m below ground.

In total, eight hours of content was live streamed to a dedicated YouTube channel accessed by a global audience. The production team needed to undertake a seamless, multi-camera broadcast between the two locations, with trouble-free switching between cameras to maintaining high quality images and sound from start to finish.

Transport Department chose TVU Networks’ proven TVU Router, which was connected to Moscow Metro’s WiFi network. To ensure even higher reliability, the TVU Router was coupled with SIM cards to deliver unbroken connectivity for the broadcasts. TVU Transceivers were deployed to handle both incoming and outgoing signals, with the powerful TVU Grid IP-based content exchange solution ensuring seamless switching between live feeds.

“We wanted to do something ambitious to mark eight years of the Moscow Urban Forum and so planned this exciting live broadcast . The biggest challenge was ensuring that connectivity and reliable bandwidth were maintained across the remote locations – including the moving carriage on the Circle Line – to deliver a flawless stream to viewers,” said Ekaterina Fadeeva, Managing director of the Moscow Metro Media Center. “We needed a solution that had the flexibility and reliability to turn our vision into reality. With its combination of solutions, TVU Networks met all our requirements, with no compromise on the quality of the final images and zero delays.”

TVU Router provided the Transport Department team with a portable broadband internet access point delivering up to 200Mbps of secure, reliable, high-speed and untethered Internet connectivity wirelessly. TVU Networks’ proprietary Inverse StatMux Plus technology ensured the added stability and reliability needed for this innovative project.

TVU Transceivers enabled the production team to leverage powerful professional video hardware decoders, specifically designed for the centralized viewing, to control and distribute the live video content. Together the two systems created a bidirectional live stream between the interviews taking place on the Circle Line and the studio at the Moscow Urban Forum. TVU’s powerful IP-based video switching solution, TVU Grid, was able to ensure smooth routing of the live video streams with ultra-low latency (just a one second delay) over the two signal lines to the studio.

“We are very proud to have collaborated with Moscow’s Transport Department on such an innovative project. The challenging nature of a delivering feeds from two locations – one of which was in constant motion – highlights the versatility needed for wireless live video contribution,” said Matt McEwen, VP of Product Management at TVU Networks. “The TVU Router provides robust and reliable connectivity in any situation and when combined together with the TVU Transceiver and TVU Grid, delivers uncompromising performance, features and picture quality. Our solutions ensure that broadcasters are free to innovate without worrying about what this means for the quality of the final output.”

TVU Networks has over 2,500 customers in more than 85 countries. The TVU Networks family of IP transmission and live production solutions gives broadcasters and organizations a powerful and reliable workflow to distribute live video content to broadcast, online and mobile platforms. TVU has become a critical part of the operations of many major media companies. The TVU Networks suite of solutions has been used to acquire, transmit, produce, manage and distribute professional-quality live IP HD footage as an integral part of news, sports and major global events. For more information about TVU Networks solutions, please visit www.tvunetworks.com.

NAB New York: TVU Networks Demonstrates Unified Platform for Video Contribution, Production and Distribution Using AI and Automation

Cloud-based TVU Producer, Contribution Automation Integration with Major MAM Providers, and TVU MediaMind Platform Among Highlights at Popular, Regional Show

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA– October 15, 2018 – TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP solutions, today announced the company will demonstrate several breakthrough technologies for news production during NAB New York later this month. Highlights in the booth include: TVU Producer for cloud-based multi-camera video production; newly established integration between TVU Networks and major media asset management (MAM) providers; and the TVU MediaMind set of solutions for AI-based automated video content management.

NAB New York will be held October 17-18 at the Jacob Javits Center. TVU Networks will exhibit in Booth N927 during the show.

With TVU Producer, video content can be cost-effectively produced for different platforms or even audience groups completely in the cloud. Non-professionals can easily manipulate graphics, scoring and text overlays during production, thanks to its WYSIWYG interface. TVU Producer can handle multi-camera production from virtually any location. It supports simultaneously output directly to major social media platforms and virtually any CDN platform. SDI delivery is supported through a TVU transceiver. It also offers a multi-channel IP video switcher and slow-motion replay.

The TVU Contribution Automation Solution (CAS), TVU AI Engine, TVU Real Time Search Engine, and TVU Workflow Engine comprise the TVU MediaMind platform. MediaMind simplifies and improves the process of transporting video to the studio, through the TVU Contribution Automation solution automating the planning, resource management, acquisition, transmission and routing as well featuring integrated metadata and contribution management.

TVU CAS simplifies and helps efficiently manage the flow of media content from story creation to production. Featuring integration with leading MAM systems, TVU CAS allows broadcasters to easily search through metadata indexed content to allow for the creation of stories faster. CAS bypasses the need for inefficient and time-consuming search term logging done manually.

At the heart of MediaMind is an AI real-time search engine, which from the start of the video production process, indexes all video. Using an entirely cloud-based model, complete with voice and object recognition, live and pre-produced video clips are located and indexed down to the exact frame and are instantly sharable. MediaMind automates the ability for different production groups to find the right content.

“Since our first announcement of TVU MediaMind during April’s NAB show in Las Vegas, we’ve seen tremendous interest in MediaMind’s game-changing ability to automate and use AI to effectively create a story-centric workflow,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “It turns the emphasis from the labor-intensive mechanics of production where one video is distributed to many into a customized story creation process where individualized versions of video are distributed automatically.

“We’re thrilled to get another opportunity to showcase our MediaMind platform and other new solutions during NAB New York, which we always look forward to exhibiting,” Shen continued. “It gives us a chance to connect with our existing and prospective customers in the Northeast who were not able to attend NAB in Las Vegas or the IBC in Amsterdam. We can’t wait to demonstrate the synergy and power of our combined technologies for the NAB New York audience.”

Aside from TVU MediaMind and TVU Producer, other innovations on display at NAB New York will be:

  • TVU RPS (Remote Production Solution) transmitter
  • TVU One mobile IP transmitter
  • TVU Nano with Router ultra-compact, lightweight IP transmitter for high-speed network access
  • TVU Grid IP-based video switching, routing and distribution solution

TVU Networks has over 2,500 customers in more than 85 countries. The TVU Networks family of IP transmission and live production solutions gives broadcasters and organizations a powerful and reliable workflow to distribute live video content to broadcast, online and mobile platforms. TVU has become a critical part of the operations of many major media companies. The TVU Networks suite of solutions has been used to acquire, transmit, produce, manage and distribute professional-quality live IP HD footage as an integral part of news, sports and major global events. For more information about TVU Networks solutions, please visit www.tvunetworks.com.

TVU Networks MediaMind AI solution demonstrates step-change in ROI and efficiency at IBC2018

TVU MediaMind AI solution portfolio makes IBC debut

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA– September 11, 2018 –TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP video solutions, today announced that the TVU MediaMind solution portfolio is to make IBC debut. TVU Networks will demonstrate (IBC stand: 2. B28) how this AI-led set of solutions can enable broadcasters and operators to migrate seamlessly towards the ‘smart studio’ of the future, delivering ROI and efficiency benefits both now and moving forward.

At the heart of MediaMind is an AI real-time search engine, which from the start of the video production process, indexes all video. Using an entirely cloud-based model, complete with voice and object recognition, live and pre-produced video clips are located and indexed down to the exact frame and are instantly sharable. MediaMind automates the ability for different production groups to find the right content. With cloud-based TVU Producer, different content can be cost-effectively created for different platforms or even audience groups. MediaMind also simplifies the process of transporting video to the studio, through the TVU Contribution Automation solution automating the planning, resource management, acquisition, transmission and routing as well featuring integrated metadata and contribution management.

“The great advantage of our MediaMind architecture is that it delivers ROI enhancement right now and will accelerate this, as the broadcast industry moves towards the considerable financial benefits of ‘smart studio’ AI-led content creation and personalized media distribution,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks.

Today, MediaMind ROI enhancing benefits include:

  • Automatic metadata generation and enrichment
  • Powerful real-time search through indexing video based upon metadata
  • Simplifying video acquisition and contribution through bringing the power of AI to all OB scenarios, from video journalists, single camera shoots and multi-camera shoots
  • Automation of time consuming necessary tasks such as clip generation, compliance, graphics creation, sub-titling, transcription, translation, etc..
  • AI-aided editing can make this time-consuming process more efficient and capable of being handled professionally by non-experts
  • AI-powered automated optimisation of video for distribution to all devices and over all platforms
  • Enables operators to move towards increasingly granular automated media distribution, leading to personalized distribution of content for specific audiences.

“It’s TVU’s aim that its AI-led MediaMind portfolio of solutions will open the floodgates for how media is produced, distributed and consumed. We will do this through simplifying and automating the processes involved in creating one port that can feed all social media, digital and broadcast channels. Right now, producers hand-craft the multiple versions required for a TV show. In the ‘smart studio’ AI engines, such as our MediaMind solutions, will automate the assembly of the material and deliver it in the most effective way to the target audience,” concluded Shen.

TVU Networks has over 2,500 customers in more than 85 countries. The TVU Networks family of IP transmission and live production solutions gives broadcasters and organizations a powerful and reliable workflow to distribute live video content to broadcast, online and mobile platforms. TVU has become a critical part of the operations of many major media companies. The TVU Networks suite of solutions has been used to acquire, transmit, produce, manage and distribute professional-quality live IP HD footage as an integral part of news, sports and major global events. For more information about TVU Networks solutions, please visit www.tvunetworks.com.

IBC 2018 Sees TVU Networks Extend European Market Traction

TVU builds closer collaboration with customers and partners through expanded EMEA operations

BARCELONA, SPAIN– September 10, 2018 – TVU Networks, (IBC stand: 2.B28) the global technology and innovation leader in live IP video solutions, has seen 12 months of consistent growth after launching its new European HQ located in Barcelona’s Innovation District. Its expanded on-the-ground presence has helped TVU work in closer collaboration with customers and partners in the EMEA region, to provide them with the best solutions to meet their needs for live events and news coverage.

The appointment of broadcast industry veteran David Jorba as Executive Vice President, Managing Director of Europe in Q1 2018, together with direct sales and customer support in all major markets across EMEA, have strengthened TVU Networks’ interaction with major broadcasters in the region. An expanded in-country sales and support presence has enabled closer cooperation with major customers. The Cairo-based Arab News Agency (ANA) invested in 55 units of TVU’s IP video solutions, including TVU One mobile IP transmitters and TVU Transceivers to support its newsgathering operation earlier this year. More recently, France Télévisions selected the TVU One and TVU Nano with TVU Router solutions to support an ambitious project for its coverage of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday 19 May, 2018.

David Jorba, EVP, Managing Director of Europe commented: “Having a strong local presence in EMEA means we can build closer working relationships with our customers and partners in the region. Our new European HQ is much larger than our previous regional office and we have seen a fivefold increase in the number of staff. The results are that TVU Networks is seeing steady growth. We are also delighted to have hosted a dedicated event for our EMEA partners for the first time and we can now work in closer collaboration to support customers with effective delivery, top-notch support and service.”

Amongst the companies that attended the 2018 partner event were BSS Trading, Future Trading, Magic Hour, Professional Show, Qvest Media and Techex.

Russell Trafford-Jones, Support and Services Manager at Techex commented: “Having support from TVU Networks in our time zone makes a big difference to our customers, and with more events, such as roadshows in the region, we can show our customers first-hand what the TVU solutions can do. It also gives them the confidence that they will get the support and advice they need both from ourselves and the TVU team.”

TVU Networks has over 2,500 customers in more than 85 countries. The TVU Networks family of IP transmission and live production solutions gives broadcasters and organizations a powerful and reliable workflow to distribute live video content to broadcast, online and mobile platforms. TVU has become a critical part of the operations of many major media companies. The TVU Networks suite of solutions has been used to acquire, transmit, produce, manage and distribute professional-quality live IP HD footage as an integral part of news, sports and major global events. For more information about TVU Networks solutions, please visit www.tvunetworks.com.

TVU Networks Expands Sales and Support Presence throughout Latin America

TVU MediaMind Platform to Make Latin American Debut at SET Expo in Sao Paulo

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA– August 21, 2018 – TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP solutions, today announced the company is expanding its team in Latin America following the appointment of Rafael Castillo as General Manager, Latin America, last May.

Castillo will lead the new team, comprised of: Edgar Chavez, Regional Manager, Mexico and Central America; Ludwyng Cuervo, Regional Manager, Andean Region and Caribbean; and Mateus Domingues, Solutions Architect, Latin America. All three are experienced engineers. Together they will offer sales and local area support for the entire TVU product portfolio to Latin American broadcasters.

“Latin America provides significant opportunities for our company,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “We’ve always been very active in this region. Now, we’ve got an excellent team in place, with local focus, who know the technology and the needs of our customers. They will elevate the level of communication with our current customers as well as outreach to those considering TVU. This new regional support is a further reflection of our commitment to meeting the needs of our customers wherever they may be – today and into the future.”

Chavez, who has a specialization in Telecommunications, began his career as a support engineer for various resellers, focusing on brands such as Miranda, FOR-A, and Volicon. He’s worked in sales and business development for companies such as: Excelencia en Comunicaciones y Tecnología, Telefonica Media Networks and Bitcentral.

Cuervo joins TVU with over 15 years in the broadcast market. He participated in the development and implementation of projects associated with the digital TV transition in Colombia. Most recently, Cuervo led the technical and sales departments at Istronyc Comunicaciones. Before that, he worked for RCN and Caracol Television.

Domingues comes to TVU after 10 years in the broadcast industry, largely in support and pre-sales. While at Brazilian resellers AVICOM and Alliance Technologies, he supported companies such as Ericsson, Bridge Technologies, Ross Video and Riedel Communications.

The three join Castillo and Claudio Frugus, TVU sales director for Brazil, just in time for TVU’s participation at the 2018 SET Expo in Sao Paulo from August 28-30.  TVU Networks will showcase its innovative video-over-IP technology offerings at SET, including the new MediaMind platform being shown for the first time in Brazil. TVU Networks will exhibit in booth #18 during SET Expo, held at the Expo Center Norte Red Pavilion and Convention Center.

“SET Expo is the largest event in the Latin American market, and it attracts top-quality creatives and technical personnel involved in each aspect of the production chain,” said Rafael Castillo, VP and General Manager, TVU Networks Latin America. “SET Expo is a key show for us because we have a solid and growing base of customers throughout Latin America. I’m particularly eager to show our current and prospective broadcast customers what our new MediaMind and remote production solutions can do for them.”

TVU Networks products will have its full portfolio on display at SET Expo, including its cloud-based in-studio and intuitive remote production systems.

For broadcast video workflows:

TVU MediaMind enables the customization of content for individual audiences for TV news broadcasters by automating video production and distribution.  MediaMind allows media companies to tailor raw video to viewers on specific social media platforms, cell phones, streaming channels, and TV. Archived footage can be repurposed as an asset, complete with searchable metadata. Existing TVU customers can quickly utilize the benefits of TVU MediaMind, such as a real-time search engine for all media assets.

TVU MediaMind consists of TVU Contribution Automation, TVU AI Engine, TVU Real Time Search Engine, TVU Workflow Engine and TVU Producer. From the start of the video production process, all video is immediately indexed based on its metadata by TVU MediaMind’s AI real-time search engine. Using an entirely cloud-based model complete with voice and object recognition, live and pre-produced video clips are located and indexed down to the exact frame and can be shared instantly. MediaMind automates the ability for different production groups to find the content.

The TVU AI Engine can be enabled with tens of thousands of TVU Transceivers deployed around the world.

A real-time speech-to-text transcribing service, TVU Transcribercan be used by broadcasters worldwide to help meet full legal compliance requirements and prevent profanity with audio muting. The service also provides the option to output text to a file format from an audio input source or embed text into a video stream for closed or open captioning. TVU Transcriber has a high degree of accuracy and supports multiple languages.

TVU Grid provides stations with the ability to route live video streams with as low as a half-second delay over IP networks to one or more Grid-enabled news stations anywhere in the world. Stations can take any video source, whether it be an SDI feed, IP video camera, Internet video, or a TVU transmitter and distribute the live video stream to any number of locations with sub-second latency. TVU Grid’s simple to use interface gives users control over the switching and routing of video streams from anywhere on a network of Grid-enabled locations.

TVU transmitters are the primary hardware component of TVU Grid, enabling stations to share video in real-time. The TVU Transceiver is a custom-built appliance that sits in each station and connects to Grid via a standard broadband internet connection. Stations can input video from any source to the Transceiver, whether it be from other stations connected to the Grid, from a TVU transmitter, from any online video feed or from another SDI source in the station.

Video demo of TVU Grid:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3djQD_0Hi4c

Working within the TVU Grid ecosystem, the TVU Grid Market gives users the ability to exchange, share, and sell video content using the Grid infrastructure. Participants view video sources that are available globally, and then request to take a stream and make it available for their own viewing audience. The entire process of transferring a selected video source is automated with minimal delay from source to destination.

In the field:

TVU Remote Production Systems include: TVU RPS, TVU Producer and TVU Timelock. Offering frame-accurate synchronization over the public internet, TVU’s remote production solutions remove the requirement for an OB truck and dedicated circuits, making coverage simpler and more cost-effective for live event broadcasters, such as news and sports producers.

TVU RPS is a frame-accurate, cost-effective alternative for live synchronized multi-camera remote television coverage, using a broadcaster’s existing studio control room staff and equipment and a public Internet connection from the field. Mostly used to cover sport events globally, it also benefits news broadcasters who have used it to cover national elections. The TVU RPS transmitter encodes up to six synchronized SDI sources and transmits high quality and low latency IP video to a remote studio based TVU RPS receiver.

TVU Producer is a cloud-based multi-camera remote production solution with seamless switch and features such as graphics and video replay. Capable of professional quality production, no hardware or software installation, and yet thanks to its simple WYSIWYG user interface it can be used by operators with virtually no experience or training. The minimum solution requirement is internet access and a smartphone. With a multi-channel IP video switcher and simultaneous output to social media, including Facebook Live, Periscope Producer and YouTube Live as well as most CDNs.

TVU Timelock provides wireless remote production for broadcasters that already own multiple TVU Transmitters such as a TVU One, synchronizing their signal. As a cost-effective alternative to traditional on-location multi-camera video production, TVU Timelock allows broadcasters to cover many more live events.

TVU Router provides high speed wireless Internet access up to 200Mbps and acts as a network accelerator to deliver incredible Internet anywhere. Featuring the company’s proprietary Inverse StatMux Plus (IS+) and data transmission technology, TVU Router delivers highly reliable best-in-class high-speed Internet connectivity from any location. When traditional wired access is unavailable, TVU Router solves this challenge by providing access.

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With the compact TVU One, large and small broadcasters of live video can fully leverage the versatility of a lightweight, IP-based high-definition video field transmitter without sacrificing performance, features or picture quality. It uses the newer HEVC/H.265 video compression standard for greater efficiency in data management, resulting in less overhead and data use. Combined with TVU’s proprietary Inverse StatMux Plus technology, unsurpassed HD picture quality is delivered at sub-second latency over cellular 3G/4G/LTE modems even when transmitting in a moving vehicle traveling at over 60mph/100kph. TVU One integrates with major social media platforms, allowing broadcasters to transmit live video directly via Facebook, YouTube and others.

TVU Anywhere is an app for Apple iOS and Android that instantly turns a smart device into a live video transmitter by using the device’s cellular and WiFi connections to transmit live to the studio. TVU Anywhere is frequently used by sports production companies to film athlete interviews with just a tripod and a smartphone, with the capability of remote controlling pan, tilt, zoom and exposure functions from the studio – avoiding the need for on-site crew.

Powered by IS+, TVU’s innovative proprietary transmission algorithm, TVU transmitters can simultaneously aggregate any combination of bandwidth mediums including cellular 3G/4G LTE, WiFi, Ethernet, Ka-band and Ku-band satellite, microwave, microwave mesh and BGAN to deliver a reliable broadcast picture with sub-second latency.

About TVU Networks®

TVU Networks® is a technology and market leader in IP-based live video solutions. TVU’s solutions help transform broadcasters’ SDI-based operations – which include acquisition, transmission, routing, distribution and management – to an IP-based infrastructure. TVU® serves customers of all sizes in more than 85 countries from industries that include news broadcast, web streaming, law enforcement, sports, corporate and government. In broadcast markets around the world including the USA, China and other major economic powers, TVU® is the dominant market leader with a large majority of all news broadcast stations using its IP video solutions. Using its proprietary IS+ technology, TVU’s uplink solutions use any combination of cellular, satellite, microwave, WiFi and Ethernet IP connections to deliver live HD video from practically any location.

TVU Networks to provide Georgia Lottery Corp. with IP-based distribution for statewide lottery drawing broadcasts

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – August 15, 2018 – TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP solutions, today announced that the Georgia Lottery Corp. switched from a satellite model to an IP-based distribution system from TVU.

TVU Grid is in use three to four times a day, seven days a week, to distribute the Georgia Lottery drawings to affiliates across the state. Drawings are televised live on WSB-TV, Channel 2 in Atlanta; WALB-TV, Channel 10 in Albany; WJBF-TV, Channel 6 in Augusta; WRBL-TV, Channel 3 in Columbus; WMAZ-TV, Channel 13 in Macon; and WSAV-TV, Channel 3 in Savannah.

TVU Grid enables broadcasters to acquire live video from different sources and distribute it to other Grid-enabled locations. TVU Grid provides the ability to route live video streams with as low as a half-second delay over IP networks to one or more Grid-enabled news stations anywhere in the world. Stations can take any video source, whether it be an SDI feed, IP video camera, Internet video, or a TVU transmitter and distribute the live video stream to any number of locations with sub-second latency. TVU Grid’s simple to use interface gives users control over the switching and routing of video streams from anywhere on a network of Grid-enabled locations.

TVU transmitters are the primary hardware component of TVU Grid, enabling stations to share video in real-time. The TVU Transceiver is a custom-built appliance that sits in each station and connects to Grid via a standard broadband internet connection. Stations can input video from any source to the Transceiver, whether it be from other stations connected to the Grid, from a TVU transmitter, from any online video feed or from another SDI source in the station.