Virgin Earth has partnered with LiveU to be bring affordable HD mobile video broadcasting to Japan, using video-over-cellular network solutions to provide reliable, high-quality video uplinks without the need for satellites or wired broadband connections.

The LiveU solution bonds up to 14 cellular (3G/4G – LTE/WiMAX) modems over multiple mobile carriers (Docomo, Emobile and UQ WiMAX in Japan), as well as multiple WIFI, LAN and even BGAN connections. This creates a reliable broadband video uplink pipe that remains stable regardless of fluctuations in individual network conditions.

Using any camera with SDI, HDMI or IEEE 1394 connections, the battery-powered compact units provide video resolutions ranging from SD up to 1080i HD. The video signal can be sent to a receiving server with an SDI output for integration with existing video distribution systems, or directly to popular streaming services such as Ustream and Livestream.

LiveU is perfect for any of the following situations:

News Gathering (ENG)

For news networks and stations, LiveU’s live broadcasting equipment transforms the workflow of news gathering. It offers a portable, highly robust uplink system for SD or HD-quality coverage of breaking and local news, and opens multiple opportunities for new types of reporting, for example:

  • Live reports from fast-moving vehicles, such as cars, trains, motorcycles, boats, and even helicopters.
  • A single reporter or camera operator, outfitted with a video camera and a LiveU backpack, can be dispatched to perimeter areas of an unfolding story to interview eyewitnesses and passersby, cover other emerging sub-plots, or provide live ‘beauty shots’.
  • LiveU’s integrated backpack can also be used inside broadcast trucks and production trucks for big events, for example, giving teams the flexibility to use cost-effectve cellular technology, and digital satellite news gathering only when necessary.

Live Sports

LiveU is the perfect complement to live sporting events, providing a mobile, on-the-spot solution for quick updates, sideline and locker room interviews, crowd shots, pre and post game shows, press briefings, roaming cameras at team events and media days, and more. Broadcasters are also using LiveU for transmitting live games and competitions online, as well as to stadium screens, and more.

Entertainment

LiveU customers regularly use the equipment for entertainment events, such as red carpets, premiers, live reality shows, product promotions, fashion shows, hometown live shots on talk shows, and celebrity coverage. LiveU offers an way to transmit content to live in-studio TV shows that rely on feeds from the street or remote locations.

Pre-Recorded Upload

Even if you don’t require a live feed from the field in every instance, LiveU is ideal for preparing footage on the fly. Edit a take and add graphics in the field on your laptop and then uplink the finished file via FTP utilizing the multiple modems of the LiveU system. Also, you can easily upload large amounts or raw footage for studio editors to process.

SD and HD Solutions now available for rent in Japan

LiveU units are now available for rent from virgin earth. The rental package comes complete with cameraman/ operator, and all bandwidth costs. All you need to provide is the content!

Contact us today for more information on rates and options.