Options for OB vehicles and mobile phones will be among the live mobile IP newsgathering innovations on show at the TVU Networks stand.
The TVU MLink is being touted for IP-based OBs. When rack-mounted in the truck this IP ENG transmitter allows users to aggregate available bandwidth from mobile, Ka-band satellite, Ku-band satellite and microwave links in order to deliver what TVU describes as a “stable, resilient transmission from practically any location.”
MLink transmitters can be used with a roof-mounted antenna and are capable of transmitting live video with sub-one second latency.
At the same time, the TVU Anywhere app is the suggested solution for mobile IP ENG. When used with a TVUPack receiver, TVU Anywhere turns a compatible iOS, Android, Mac or Windows device into a live video transmitter. Features of the free downloadable app include store and forward, IFB and the ability to both control transmission settings from the studio and to aggregate WiFi and 3G/4G/LTE connections.
Improvements to the TVUPack on-camera transmitter will also be on show. These include the ability to aggregate any combination of mobile, WiFi, ethernet, satellite or microwave connections for live video broadcast with sub-second latency.
IP switching, routing and distribution is another focus for TVU in 2014 with TVU Grid. This innovation uses a broadcaster’s existing IP network to switch in realtime to any source video made available on the grid or from the internet.
A final development, TVU Social, enables crews in the field to take stills from the live video transmitted through TVUPack and post them directly to their social media networks without requiring a separate device.