TVNZ upgrades newsgathering fleet with LiveU’s HEVC solution

TVNZ flew around the world in a week for its breakfast show coming live from each location.
TVNZ flew around the world in a week for its breakfast show coming live from each location.

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New Zealand’s free-to-air broadcaster, TVNZ, is upgrading its fleet of LiveU portable transmission units to LiveU’s LU300 HEVC and LU600 HEVC, ensuring the quality live video performance. The deal has been overseen by LiveU’s long-term partner in the region, Pacific Live Media, which provides ongoing service and support.

The upgrades come in time for this September’s Rugby World Cup in Japan, where LiveU will be used to cover all the action around the games and even serve as disaster recovery backups for the fiber transmission of the games themselves. Andrew Fernie, GM - Operations, News and Current Affairs,TVNZ, explained, “We had been interested in the technology for some time, it came to a head before the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England. After testing the equipment, we chose LiveU’s LU200 for its small-form factor, ease of use, and video quality. We were able to create a team of video journalists who could operate from the remotest regions using a small camera and a LiveU unit.”

Fernie continued, “LiveU has changed our business. enabling us to cover every story quickly and cost-efficiently with no need for SNG trucks. We can go anywhere with this system, even broadcasting live from the remotest Pacific islands using LiveU as the encoder combined with a Satellite IP system. In terms of future big events, TVNZ has secured the exclusive rights to broadcast the next America's Cup in 2021 and we’re already planning our LiveU deployment.”

Yaal Eshel, VP - Sales, LiveU, said, “This is an example of how TVNZ has transformed live newsgathering and sports coverage using small portable LiveU units for live streaming, and advanced store and forward capabilities. We’re delighted that TVNZ is rolling out our latest HEVC technology and look forward to continuing our long relationship.”

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