How LiveU will use IP-based video at the heart of the Rio Olympics

IPTV News looks at the Rio Games.The transportation of live video over IP networks is a crucial part of the broadcast delivery of the 2016 Olympic games in Rio, allowing camera crews and journalists to be at their most flexible when picking locations to deliver live feeds back to their broadcast facilities and to viewers around the world.

In advance of the games, vendor Dejero, said it would be establishing its own private wi-fi hotspots in key locations to secure the bandwidth required for its customers. It offered packages to broadcasters that include access to these hotspots and cellular coverage using mobile transmitters certified by Anatel, the Brazilian telecoms authority. Broadcasters can connect using the company’s LIVE+ mobile transmitters, allowing crews in the field to acquire and transmit broadcast-quality video over cellular and Wi-Fi networks.

“Because of our experience in providing broadcasters with connectivity and support services going back to Vancouver in 2010, London in 2012 and Sochi in 2014, we understand what is really important to them as they look to create their own unique take on the event,” said Brian Cram, CEO of Dejero. “What gives the coverage its character are the interviews, the reviews and the colour pieces surrounding the Games.”

During the games, vendor LiveU also expects to be providing over 300 of its IP-bonding units to be used by more than 80 international broadcasters during the Games. Earlier this year, the company estimated that broadcasters and online streamers are expected to generate over 15,000 live video sessions, with potentially more than 50 TB of data to be transmitted during the course of the Games.

LiveU’s entire portfolio of uplink solutions will be deployed, including backpack and camera-mount IP-bonding devices, as well as the LU-Smart mobile application and the signal-boosting Xtender external antenna. LiveU’s cloud-based MultiPoint distribution service, which integrates into the company’s central management platform, will enable customers to simultaneously share live feeds with up to 100 concurrent destinations worldwide.

LiveU will also offer multiple dedicated wi-fi hotspot locations and an integrated KA-Band satellite solution that includes a VSAT terminal, VSAT antenna with universal mount, wi-fi router and all cables and connectors.

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