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TVU Networks offers cloud, IP solutions to Indian broadcasters during COVID-19 lockdown

Free live video acquisition, production, distribution help broadcasters with business continuity

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MUMBAI: TVU Networks, a technology and market leader in IP and cloud-based live video solutions, is working with Indian broadcasters through its Business Continuity Initiative to help identify and offer the tools needed by customers to help sustain businesses while supporting the larger local community during this unprecedented time.

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As a part of this initiative, TVU is providing TV stations with the TVU Anywhere mobile app for reporting and anchoring, TVU Producer for cloud-based production and TVU Grid for video pool feeds and cross-sharing of video content for free through the end of May 2020. Broadcasters that are interested in learning more about the free services or to sign up may do so by visiting www.tvunetworks.com.

The TVU Anywhere mobile app has seen a large increase in global use recently as TV reporters and anchors have migrated from traditional studios to reporting from living rooms, balconies and shared living spaces within their homes and apartments. The app's ease of use and fast set up - requiring just a download to the user’s mobile phone - allows anyone needing to do safe remote reporting to go live instantly.

In addition to incorporating patented IS+ technology for transmission of a reliable broadcast-quality picture over cellular and WiFi, TVU Anywhere features dual camera operation for simultaneous use of the front and back cameras of a single Apple iOS mobile device. This allows a solo field reporter to do live reporting in Picture-in-Picture (PiP) or in 50/50 split screen mode, capturing live video, audio and metadata simultaneously for two subjects.

TVU Anywhere can also be used remotely for non-live interview reporting. It’s PiP feature supports the use of prerecorded video. A reporter can comment live while the recorded video is playing.

Another feature for field reporting within Anywhere is integrated video return feed which allows for the coordination of a live shot with studio producers or directors at their homes or other remote location. Instead of just using audio, the Anywhere app can show a low latency video return feed right on the phone screen in PiP mode. The parties can also have a two-way conversation using TVU Anywhere’s VoIP feature in real-time, allowing the return video feed to become an enhanced confidence monitor and collaboration tool.

The Token feature for TVU Anywhere makes the setup of remote high-quality briefings and interviews easy and fast. All you need to do is to send a pre-generated QR Code that can be scanned by a smart device to the recipient. To see how it works, view the Token feature on its YouTube page.

TVU Producer provides the means for cloud-based remote production for stations with a robust feature set, allowing them to move their traditional studios to a home or other remote location. With TVU Producer, you can ingest multiple video streams including live professional sources up-to full HD resolution. It features unparalleled and patented frame accurate switching between two live sources from multiple devices, events or locations as well as enhanced broadcast outputs using picture in picture, picture-by-picture and quad-view. Producer also offers graphics and dynamic overlays including full integration with Singular.live.

TVU has been working with news stations and government offices in certain countries, including the USA, to set up video pool feeds using TVU Grid, TVU’s IP switching, routing and distribution solution, to streamline the sharing of critical information on COVID-19. Project Pool Feed allows local TV stations to share live content between each other as well as with local government. Officials or spokespersons have the option to use the free TVU Anywhere app on their mobile phone to go live to the pool feed for press briefings. The local stations are all connected using TVU Grid and can distribute the briefings from the pool to their viewers on TV, social media and websites.

“TVU is committed to working with all broadcasters across India to support their efforts to deliver crucial updates and information to their viewers during this unprecedented time. We are providing our cloud and IP based solutions free at this time to help broadcasters transition as seamlessly and as quickly as possible to remote production to minimize disruption,” said Sushant Rai, Vice President, Sales - South Asia, Middle East & Africa, TVU Networks. “In addition, TVU will continue to provide its renowned 24/7 global service and all support personnel are fully mobilized to support customers as well as the larger broadcast community.”

TVU Networks has over 3,000 customers globally. The TVU Networks family of IP and cloud-based transmission and live production solutions gives broadcasters and organizations a powerful and reliable workflow to distribute live video content to broadcast, online and mobile platforms. TVU has become a critical part of the operations of many major media companies.

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