– LiveU (www.liveu.tv), the leader in portable live video
acquisition, contribution and management solutions, has announced that the company’s new
smaller, stronger LU500 has taken the market by storm. Positive feedback is flowing across
social media from news camera people while hundreds of LiveU units have been deployed by
broadcasters and news agencies to cover breaking news and major sports events, including the
Sochi Winter Olympics.
Weighing only 2.2lbs (1kg), the LU500 supports up to 14 network links including six-eight
internal bonded connections. “We were very happy to discover that with the LU500 there
was no trade-off between performance and size!", said Peter Sockett, Director of
Engineering and Operations, WRAL - Capitol Broadcasting Company. "The unit has
performed extremely well for us and is much easier to carry and control. We immediately
sent it on the road to San Antonio to cover the first round of March Madness and it worked
Greg DeBross, Managing Editor at KOKI (Fox23), Television Station Tulsa, Oklahoma, says on
Twitter, “Best way to not get a live truck stuck in a brush fire, send a tiny backpack. #LU500.” He
added, “Michael Barber with the LU500. Go live anywhere, any time and not break your back.”
As Price McKeon, Fox 23 MMJ/Reporter, says on Twitter, “How cool is this? The station on the
other side of town can control the #liveu backpack.”
The LU500 benefits from LiveU’s proprietary antenna modules for greater resiliency and is
powered by LiveU’s new multi-processor video encoding engine. Available in backpack or
camera-mount configurations, the LU500 is integrated with the LiveU Central browser-based
management system for easy control and geo-tracking of all LiveU systems, feeds, and apps
Key design factors in the creation of the LU500 were performance, resiliency, size, weight and
portability. William Seiders (@BseidersPhotog), recognizes this, “This is one of the coolest
things I did in my TV career. Covered a bike race live on the back of a motorcycle using LiveU.”
The LU500 will support the new H.265 (HVEC) video codec for even greater resiliency and HD
video quality, transmitted at half the bitrate. Once available, customers will be upgraded to the
latest supported hardware.
LiveU’s products achieved excellent results at the recent Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics with the
new LU500 providing exceptionally high performance. Dozens of LiveU units were deployed by
broadcasters and news agencies from around the world at any one time, supported by LiveU’s
dedicated onsite team. The units transmitted over 500 hours using approximately 0.5TB of data
with reporters sharing their excitement over Twitter.
2014 is a huge sporting year with the Winter Olympics having taken place and the FIFA World
Cup™ in Brazil on the horizon. At the World Cup, LiveU will support hundreds of networks,
stations, and online media from over 30 participating countries. LiveU and its partners will offer
the full suite of solutions, as well as onsite, and dedicated, local support in the 12 host cities.
Samuel Wasserman, LiveU’s CEO, said, “Both the scale of the uptake of the LU500 and the
stream of positive feedback are very encouraging. This is a clear example of us listening to the
market, using our pioneering experience in the field, and then taking all of that to develop a
product that is immediately recognized as the preferred uplink solution for global broadcasters.”
LiveU owns the patent for cellular bonding for remote news gathering in the US and other
countries. All LiveU products are based on this fourth-generation patented technology.
LiveU will present its full range of portable uplink solutions at the 2014 NAB Show, April
7-10, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, booths #SU8513. LiveU will also be showing
its advanced mobile newsgathering truck in the Outdoor Exhibit area, booth #OE825.
Ken Zamkow, LiveU’s Head of Marketing, US and The Americas, will be speaking at the
Broadcast Engineering Conference, at 10:30 am on Thursday, April 10, 2014 on “The
Evolution of Cellular Bonding” - Wireless Solutions for Ancillary Broadcast Services