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TVU Networks Cellular Transmission Gets the Word Out For The Big Game

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A Video Journalist from station KHSL-KNVN News, the CBS and NBC affiliates (owned by the same parent company) in Chico, Calif. at the Super Bowl 50 Opening Day Madness.

At the annual Opening Night (formerly known as Media Day) proceeding this year's Super Bowl 50 telecast live from Levi Stadium, in Santa Clara, Calif., nearly two dozen media outlets sent their Video Journalists--both professionals and student journalists--to cover the chaos that is Media Day with nothing more than a camera, microphone and bonded cellular video transmission system from TVU Networks. The system is packaged inside a backpack for easy portability, making it easy to maneuver through the crowds of reporters and video journalists inside a stadium. TVU Networks is effectively positioned to provide on-location and on-demand service and support for its full line of IP based live video transmission solutions.

Despite the massive amount of data traffic generated by these types of video transmission systems and literally hundreds of cell phones and other portable devices jockeying for wireless bandwidth, the users of TVU Networks equipment had no problem getting their signals back to their respective microwave trucks parked outside the stadium as well as over the Internet directly to their stations or news bureaus. Cellular congestion has been known to be a problem for similar technology, but TVU Network's bandwidth-efficient codecs were able to search and find adequate bandwidth to keep the live signals reliable and steady.

As it does at many of major live sports and newsgathering events, TVU Networks offered a variety of video uplink and distribution services for its customers and other professional broadcasters that transmitted live from the Super Bowl as well as in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to the on-site support TVU normally provides for major events, TVU also deployed technology and teams from its headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., roughly minutes from Levi's Stadium and near other planned Super Bowl event venues such as the Moscone Center, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and the SAP Center.

Among the services it offered leading up to and during the Super Bowl were a full selection of on-location services including: TVUPack mobile IP based transmitters and accessories and TVU Receivers for video distribution; local cellular 4G and LTE datacards; Dedicated microwave mesh network in multiple locations in and around the San Francisco Bay Area including major venues hosting Super Bowl activities and events; Technical support from TVU personnel; and office space with high speed Ethernet and WiFi for meetings and for use as an operational staging area.

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Even inside a domed stadium, a notoriously busy data traffic environment, video journalists were able to reliably get their signal out via bonded cellular technology.

Among the media outlets that used TVUPacks to capture and transmit live coverage of the week's festivities were:

  • KUSA, Denver NBC affiliate
  • KPNX, Phoenix NBC affiliate
  • WCNC, Charlotte, NC NBC affiliate
  • WFMY, Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point, NC CBS affiliate
  • KHOU, Houston CBS affiliate
  • Time Warner Cable News
  • Time Warner Cable SportsNet
  • ESPN
  • ABC Network
  • KKCO, Grand Junction, CO NBC affiliate
  • KKTC, Colorado Springs CBS affiliate
  • KMGH, Denver ABC affiliate
  • KRON, San Francisco MyNetworkTV affiliate
  • NFL Network
  • Carolina Panthers
  • CBS Interactive

TVU Networks solutions include a full line of award-winning lightweight and portable TVUPack and TVU One cellular live video transmitters, fixed mounted TVU MLink for ENG vans and the TVU Anywhere app that turns an iPhone or Android device into a live video transmitter. TVU also has the industry leading TVU Grid, an IP based switching, routing and distribution video solution.