Leading French news channel BFMTV has renewed and expanded its global agreement with LiveU for use of its flagship LU60 video uplink solution.
The decision to use LU60 follows a comprehensive review and evaluation of various alternative solutions.
BFMTV has been using LiveU units for more than two years for daily newsgathering and high profile events, including the 2011 British Royal Wedding and the Rugby World Cup.
Thomas Jumel, head of production at BFMTV, commented: “We’ve used LiveU backpacks in all kinds of situations, both in France and internationally, as the main live feed and as a back-up for OB units. We have deployed the units in cities and the countryside, in helicopters, cars, on motorcycles, and boats. We also use the technology to send video files as well as feeds as it can provide a fast connection from the field back to the newsroom. LiveU was the first to provide efficient transmission via cellular networks and they have a strong technology lead.”
Olivier Attali, LiveU’s vp Sales, added: “BFMTV is recognised as a highly competitive, professional news provider that’s constantly innovating. We are very pleased that our cellular-based technology is allowing top media companies, such as BFMTV, to broadcast live video when previously cost and complexity could prevent its usage.”