Time Warner Cable Sportsnet Gets the Signal Out With Comrex LiveShot
TimeWarner Cable Sportsnet is using the Comrex LiveShot, an IP-based camera-mounted or handheld bonded cellular transmitter, to cover games live for a number of Los Angeles-based teams. This includes the LA Sparks, LA Galaxy, local high school sports, and other L.A. teams. LiveShot helps the Sportsnet crew send signals back from the field or in the stadiums during production of the more than 350 games that TWC Sportsnet covers each year. It's compact size makes it extremely portable, allowing the crew to set up virtually anywhere they need a unique POV shot.
"We try to keep satellite to a minimum, and one of the things I was looking for at NAB this year was a way to efficiently get return video over IP," said Tony Sonnanstine, Senior Broadcast Engineer for TWC Sportsnet. "When I found the Comrex LiveShot, I was really excited. It's a simple product: you press one button, and you're transmitting. The return video and return audio are amazing."
Prior to implementing LiveShot, TWC Sportsnet had used satellite to broadcast local sports and other remote games. Because the cost of satellite is high, it had become too expensive to continue to broadcast local sports in the quality that TWC Sportsnet was determined to provide, despite high local interest. LiveShot has enabled Sportsnet to cover these teams with high-quality, low delay video.
"The delay is low, and consistent enough that we're able to time out commercial breaks, which is a must for us," said Sonnanstine. "And I can adjust settings remotely from my phone, which makes it easy to manage the equipment in the field."
The Comrex LiveShot delivers live, two-way, HD video and audio over a range of IP networks at latencies as low as less than 200 milliseconds. Equipped with sophisticated CrossLock VPN technology, LiveShot can make use of even the most challenging 3G/4G, WiFi, and satellite networks to maintain a secure and stable connection. Weighing only 3 pounds, LiveShot is portable and designed for the most demanding field broadcasts.
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More information about LiveShot is available here.