3 Dec 2014

RTÉ Selects LiveU Bringing in a New Era of Newsgathering Across Ireland

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Hackensack, NJ, December 3, 2014 – LiveU, the pioneer in IP-based portable live video
acquisition, contribution and management solutions, today announced that Irish national
broadcaster RTÉ has chosen cellular uplinking technology from LiveU to play a central
newsgathering role. The project has been managed and supported by LiveU’s Ireland partner,
Tyrell.
RTÉ News has already deployed LiveU’s LU500 portable uplink solution and has ordered a
LU200 for use with its Ka-band flyaway kit. In addition it’s using LU-Smart smartphone app
licenses. Piotr Kaszynski, Technology Manager with RTÉ, said, “We began testing systems with
the arrival of 4G, which in turn has improved 3G availability. That led us to choose LiveU for
several reasons, specifically for its superior performance and the range of products. We wanted
a small, very portable solution that could fit on the back of a camera. The LU500 does exactly
this and overcomes the issue of cameramen having to carry a heavy backpack. The LU-Smart
app also attracted us. We can see varied applications for this and we are training all our
journalists to be flexible in what they use and how they can take advantage of LiveU technology.
The support offered by Tyrell and LiveU was also crucial.”
The broadcaster is training staff beyond traditional reporters to use LU-Smart technology.
Kaszynski said, “We are training staff so that when there is a breaking story we have the
flexibility to cover it from as many angles as possible. The rise of news on the internet and its
immediacy has changed the way that we have to work. It is not always possible to use Satellite
trucks in some locations and they take more time and money to deploy – though of course they
have their place - compared to this technology.”
RTÉ has covered a wide range of stories using LiveU’s technology, the vast majority live,
including: a two-hour Morning Ireland outside broadcast for RTÉ News Now from the 10th
Anniversary of the Workplace Smoking Ban in Ireland; St. Patrick’s Parade Dublin city centre
and Dublin Castle; President Michael D. Higgins’ State Visit to the United Kingdom; and the
Electric Picnic Music Festival.
According to Kaszynski, the biggest success was the coverage of the Labour Party Leader’s
resignation. Notification about the press conference came to RTÉ half-an-hour before the event started and in this short time  an LU500 bonded unit was deployed and setup for live coverage.
RTÉ provided the only live video coverage from the Labour Party press conference and the live
feed was picked up by BBC and Sky News. Currently LU500 is on the road every day providing
inserts to all main news bulletins and the Morning Edition programme.
Zion Eilam, LiveU’s Head of Business Operations Europe, said, “We’re very excited to be
working in a new territory and special thanks must go to our partner Tyrell. Newsgathering is
changing and we are at the vanguard of that change, providing broadcasters with the speed of
deployment and mobility that they need to lead the newsgathering market. We’re glad that RTÉ
has chosen LiveU for its next newsgathering expansion.”
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.
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About LiveU
LiveU (www.liveu.tv) is the leader in portable live video acquisition, contribution and
management solutions. LiveU's award-winning technology enables live video transmission (HD
and SD) from any location around the world. With top-tier customers in 60+ countries, LiveU’s
solutions are being used for breaking news and high-profile events, such as the FIFA World
Cup™, Winter and Summer Olympic Games, US Presidential Campaign, Royal Baby, Hurricane
Sandy, Super Bowls and US Collegiate Championships. From backpacks to smartphones, and
satellite/cellular hybrid to external antenna solutions, LiveU offers a complete range of devices
for live video coverage. LiveU’s solutions include multiple 4G LTE/3G, HSPA+, WiMAX and WiFi
cellular links, which are optimized for maximum video quality based on the available network
conditions.