Advanced Television

SES wins LiveU distribution

September 6, 2022

By Chris Forrester

Satellite operator SES is expected to announce a link with LiveU at IBC. LiveU is a provider of live video and remote production solutions, and is partnering with SES to offer what they say is an innovative end-to-end solution for live video contribution and distribution combined with premium content aggregation.

SES says LiveU customers looking to broadcast live sports, news and other events from stadiums, sports facilities and remote sites now have access to their reliable and cost-effective creation and delivery of live video to the widest audience – combining satellite, fibre, IP and cellular capabilities.

LiveU’s cost-efficient mobile field units are used for live video transmission from outdoor locations and venues and now connected to SES teleports via 4G/5G. “This direct connection offers an alternative to an on-site SNG truck or can be used as a redundant back-up feed,” suggests the pair.

One of the first customers, Oranda Singapore, recently deployed the joint solution for live broadcasts of sports climbing in Korea to viewers across EMEA, Americas and Asia using LiveU’s portable units with SES’s satellite distribution.

Floris Molijn, CEO, Oranda, said, “We are thrilled with the level of quality and flexibility that SES and LiveU have provided in finding a tailor-made solution for Oranda that combined SES’s knowledge, reach and satellite capability with LiveU’s production capabilities to deliver broadcast-quality signals over mobile data networks. Bringing it all together required out of the box thinking to turn around a project with very tight lead times, and SES and LiveU provided 100 per cent reliability of signal distribution.”

LiveU clients now have the ability to instantly aggregate their content in the LiveU Matrix IP cloud live video service, including from LiveU’s mobile field units and through SES’s satellite and IP connections.

Michele Gosetti, Head of Sales, Sports & Events at SES, said, “LiveU is a leader in mobile and cloud-based broadcast video technologies, and they perfectly complement our vision of enabling our customers to broadcast live sports and events from nearly anywhere to the widest global audience possible. Combining our expertise in sports and events and our global reach with LiveU’s mobile units and cellular technologies gives our customers the ability to deliver high-quality, professional broadcasts whether athletes are climbing up a remote mountain or competing in an urban professional sports stadium.”

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