LiveU, specialists in portable live video acquisition, contribution and management solutions, has announced that hundreds of LiveU units have been deployed by India’s top broadcasters and online media to boost their live reporting of the Indian General Elections, said to be the world’s biggest elections. LiveU units have increased newsgathering capabilities for India’s top broadcasters such as ANI, Network 18, Times Now, Aajtak, ETV Network, News Wire Services, GTPL, Bansal News, TV9, Jaya TV, Sun TV, Zee Network and others.
To meet the demands of the campaign trail, increased numbers of LiveU units have been provided to customers around India on a long-term and short-term basis. Onsite service and support is being provided nationwide by Lamhas Satellite Services Ltd., LiveU’s local partner in India.
Piyush Gupta, Operations Director and CTO – Broadcast, Network 18, explains: “We needed to increase our coverage capabilities during the Elections. LiveU, our preferred vendor since the emergence of cellular bonding, responded immediately with the fast delivery of equipment. Supported by the local Lamhas team, we’ve been able to transmit live coverage of the campaign around the country with ad hoc interviews and press conferences. Both LiveU and Lamhas have proved to be trusted partners at this critical time.”
An important part of the deployment has been LiveU’s new smaller, stronger LU500 uplink unit offering optimal video performance and reliability in a lightweight unit, weighing less than 1 kg (2.2 lbs). The LTE-ready LU500 is compatible with Indian networks.