TV18 Broadcast India upgrades newsgathering with LiveU LU600 HEVC

(from L to R) S. Venkatraman, VP - Teleport & Newsgathering, TV18, with Ranjit Bhatti, director, South Asia, LiveU Ltd
(from L to R) S. Venkatraman, VP - Teleport & Newsgathering, TV18, with Ranjit Bhatti, director, South Asia, LiveU Ltd


TV18 Broadcast Ltd., one of India’s television broadcasting networks, has signed a multi-year lease agreement for more than 100 units of LiveU’s flagship LU600 HEVC solution. The units are stationed at various locations in over 20 Indian states, to support TV18’s entire network of channels, including CNBC-TV18, CNBC Awaaz, CNBC Bazaar, CNN-News18, News18 India, New18 UP/Uttarakhand, New18 Bihar/Jharkhand, News18 Bangla, News18 Odia, News18 MP/Chhattisgarh, News18 Rajasthan, News18 Punjab/Haryana/HP, News18 Gujarati, News18 Assam/NE, News18 Kannada, News18 Tamilnadu, News18 Kerala, News18 Urdu and News18 Lokmat.

S. Venkatraman, VP - Teleport and Newsgathering, TV18, said, “We operate the biggest news network in the country and have robust newsgathering systems. Exploring and identifying innovative solutions for capturing and transmission live video feeds have always been our focus. With HEVC being the industry standard for video compression, the transition from H.264 to H.265 was a logical step, coupled with LiveU’s hardware-based encoding, even in low bandwidth regions. Having the latest technology at our disposal will give us an edge in the newsgathering process. We deployed LU600 units in the recently concluded General Election coverage in India.”

“TV18 works on network synergy to enhance its broadcast and digital operations across the country. Our collaboration with CNN provides us with the edge in obtaining visuals of international stories at the earliest possible time. We are actively working with LiveU’s Matrix platform for the sharing of live visuals between our broadcast centres,” continued Venkatraman.

“TV18 is one of our most esteemed customers and we were committed to ensure that all their stations were equipped with the latest cutting-edge technology. With over 100 units deployed across 20 states, this is a huge project. We look forward to our continued success together,” said Ranjit Bhatti, director - South Asia, LiveU Ltd.

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