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InTech

Live Streaming and Remote
Production in the time of COVID-19
By Ronen Artman,
VP of Marketing, LiveU...

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here's no doubt that the
broadcasting industry - along with
almost every other sector - is facing
an unprecedented time in the face of
the coronavirus outbreak. IP bonding
technology is proving more essential
than ever to news broadcasters and
TV networks who are having to build
remote operations in a very short time
frame.
Remote Working
What we see right now are
broadcasters
and
production
companies moving operations to
work remotely, moving to the cloud
and setting up home studios with our
cellular bonded field units, mobile
apps, IFB (interruptible foldback)
and Video Return. For example, we
helped CBS in the US build their
remote home studios and distribute
their content captured in New York,
streamed to their production site in
Los Angeles, using our LiveU Matrix IP
content management and distribution
platform.
We're also seeing innovative use of
IP bonding technology by production
companies. For example, Shine TV,
part of the Endemol Shine Group, has
been using LiveU technology to create
a documentary reflecting the current
UK situation, using expertise gained
on its productions of Hunted and The
Heist. Shine used our LU-Smart app
for smartphones to produce A Very
British Lockdown: Diaries from the
Frontline, which aired on April 21st on
ITV, following NHS staff, nursing home
workers as well as members of the
public to reflect the reality of current
lives.
Executive Producer Tom Hutchings
at Shine TV, says: "A lot of productions
have been put on hold, for obvious
reasons. Networks are now
faced with finding content
to fill their schedules.
Production companies are
trying their best not to shut
up shop, adjusting to new
ways of working to make
compelling TV in the current
climate while adhering to
government
restrictions.

This is what we have done with this
documentary, creating TV simply with
LiveU technology that provides a real
cross section of what's happening. It
means we can stay safe and ensure
we capture great content. Everything
in the film - with the exception of GVs
(general views) - was shot through the
app."
State of Live
In general, social distancing,
lockdowns and quarantines have
increased the need for remote
reporting solutions, fuelling demand
for live streaming, mobile apps and
live IP video sharing solutions. Our
recent interim State of Live report,
based on data generated from LiveU's
global customer base, reflected these
trends with a huge increase in usage of
our cloud infrastructure.
Live sessions via the LiveU Central
management platform have more
than doubled and the number of
users increased by 30%. The average
number of sessions by users has also
doubled with TV crews, talk show
hosts and other personalities using
HEVC-bonded field units for roundthe-clock reporting and productions
from remote locations, including from
studios set-up in their own homes.
Mobile journalists are using LUSmart to cover live news in HD from
anywhere using their own device,
with a 150% growth in app units and
sessions. This includes TV show hosts
transmitting video feeds to the studio
via their mobile phone. To simplify
the workflow further, we recently
introduced our Guest Interview
function, making it easier for guests
to be added to live shows from remote
locations. Live interviews with guests
can be conducted from their home/

LiveU LU-Smart was deployed by Shine TV

Tencent brings speed skating race live to viewers in China using LiveU technology

office without any prerequisites or
technical knowhow from their side.
IP content distribution is also being
deployed for network-to-station and
station-to-station sharing in the US
especially as broadcasters use the
platform for their local loops and pool
feeds. Governors in several US states
are using LiveU Matrix to deliver their
daily live briefings directly to stations
and networks from remote locations.
Beyond the News
News is just part of the picture.
Many other sectors are turning to
live streaming for coverage of their
virtual events, such as
churches reaching out to
their congregants, musicians
streaming live performances
to social media and online
fashion shows.
For example, Buffoon
Media, a bilingual media
production and distribution
company based in the UK,
was approached by Enzoani,
a bridal gown fashion house, who
asked them to produce a virtual show
for them where they could showcase
their new collection because Chicago's
Bridal Show was cancelled due to
COVID-19. Buffoon Media worked
closely with Enzoani's website
developers, User Fusion, who
added the live stream player
into their online hub. This
meant that their resellers
could login and watch the
live stream with a live chat
facility, as well as place orders
online to minimise disruption
to their business.

In sports as well, IP bonding
technology is being used for other
remote at-home productions (REMI) as
organisations find innovative solutions
for keeping their events going. For
example, Tencent China used LiveU
technology to stream live a Simulation
Game of the International Skating
Union Championships in Beijing within
the strict limitations of the coronavirus
- deploying only the necessary
equipment onsite (cameras, units).
All the rest, including production,
contribution and distribution, was
handled by their personnel back in the
studio.

Buffoon Media produced a live bridal show

Crucial Workflow Solution
As the market recovers, we believe
that live streaming and remote
production will continue to be a
crucial workflow solution. Of course,
together with sports fans around the
world, we're waiting for the return of
live sports worldwide, with so many
exciting productions planned. In the
meantime, we're proud to be playing
a part in keeping the communication
going and bringing both comfort and
information to people who are isolated
in their homes with live coverage of
virtual events.


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