'Live Rescue' relies on VidOvation's AVIWEST bonded cellular system

Dan Cesareo, founder and president, Big Fish Entertainment
Dan Cesareo, founder and president, Big Fish Entertainment


Big Fish Entertainment, an MGM Company and the creators of and production company behind A&E docuseries Live PD, has deployed VidOvation's AVIWEST bonded cellular system for use in the new docuseries, Live Rescue, also on A&E. The AVIWEST system, which includes PRO180 transmitters and StreamHub transceivers, gives Big Fish the ability to transmit reliable, synchronous, and low-latency broadcast-quality video and audio from multiple cameras and multiple locations.

Live PD was the first show of its kind to capture and stream live video of police officers on patrol, and now Live Rescue takes the same concept and applies it to paramedics and first responders, immersing the viewer in the challenges and dangers faced by these professionals on a daily basis. "Using bonded cellular technology allowed us to bring Live PD to fruition at the scale we always envisioned to deliver premium live television," said Dan Cesareo, founder and president, Big Fish Entertainment. "It laid the groundwork for our second major live launch of Live Rescue, where again, we need to capture a large number of live HD video feeds from multiple cameras and locations to transport via cellular back to A&E headquarters and broadcast live to air."

The PRO180 transmitters are deployed in the field with HD cameras, and once images are captured, the units' bonded cellular technology combines any available network interfaces (including as many as eight cellular, Wi-Fi, two Ethernet, and satellite) to create reliable video-transmission links. Throughout the show, each PRO feeds live high-quality video back to the control room in New York. In the control room, the AVIWEST StreamHub transceiver, decoder, and distribution platforms receives the live video feeds and delivers them to air for the live broadcast.

"There is still no other bonded cellular solution out there that can handle projects like this. Multicamera, multilocation, the ability to transmit from up to four close-proximity cameras with perfect lip sync and video synchronisation, are some features," said Jim Jachetta, EVP and CTO, VidOvation.

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