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LiveU puts ITV front row for Rugby World Cup

LU600 HEVC units deployed by ITV Sport

LiveU has announced its deployment on ITV’s 2019 Rugby World Cup (RWC) coverage and as a tertiary disaster recovery (DR) solution backing up satellite and fibre feeds.

ITV Sport selected the solution when seeking low-cost options to provide high-quality DR feeds that are completely diverse to normal fibre and satellite delivery.

LU600 HEVC units are in use by three roving teams with embedded reporters who send their material directly to ITV Sport for edits and live reports.

In addition to the LU600 units, ITV Sport uses LiveU Xtender active external antenna for the tertiary backup direct to the UK playout provider, Red Bee Media.

At ITV Sport’s Maidstone Central Apparatus Room, a receiving LU600 and another Xtender can be used to send a feed to the playout provider should traditional links fail.

Roger Pearce, ITV Sport Productions technical director, said: “We’ve used LiveU with our reporting teams for a number of years successfully to enhance coverage. At this year’s RWC we have two separate jobs for LiveU: live/store/forward material from our reporting teams and DR feeds from our presentation studios and OBs.

“The transmission DR feeds workflow is important to us as it provides a usable feed at a reasonable cost. For events like the RWC where failure is not an option, it’s a valuable tool to ensure we deliver our coverage reliably to the viewer. For our roving teams LiveU gives them the freedom to roam, and flexibility to get material quickly to air. The opportunity to use LiveU to provide cost-effective contribution feeds has been very successful and we look forward to their future developments.”