TVU Networks Supports Innovative Remote Production by Moscow’s Transport Department

TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP video solutions, was chosen by Moscow’s Transport Department to deliver an innovative broadcast to mark the eighth Moscow Urban Forum 2018, held in July this year. TVU Networks solutions were used to facilitate live interviews with public officials from two locations, from a studio located in the Forum venue at the Park Zaryadye cultural center near the iconic Kremlin and Red Square, and from a moving carriage on the Moscow Metro’s Circle Line, 84m below ground.

In total, eight hours of content was live streamed to a dedicated YouTube channel accessed by a global audience. The production team needed to undertake a seamless, multi-camera broadcast between the two locations, with trouble-free switching between cameras to maintaining high quality images and sound from start to finish.


Transport Department chose TVU Networks’ proven TVU Router, which was connected to Moscow Metro’s WiFi network. To ensure even higher reliability, the TVU Router was coupled with SIM cards to deliver unbroken connectivity for the broadcasts. TVU Transceivers were deployed to handle both incoming and outgoing signals, with the powerful TVU Grid IP-based content exchange solution ensuring seamless switching between live feeds.

“We wanted to do something ambitious to mark eight years of the Moscow Urban Forum and so planned this exciting live broadcast . The biggest challenge was ensuring that connectivity and reliable bandwidth were maintained across the remote locations – including the moving carriage on the Circle Line – to deliver a flawless stream to viewers,” said Ekaterina Fadeeva, Managing director of the Moscow Metro Media Center. “We needed a solution that had the flexibility and reliability to turn our vision into reality. With its combination of solutions, TVU Networks met all our requirements, with no compromise on the quality of the final images and zero delays.”

TVU Router provided the Transport Department team with a portable broadband internet access point delivering up to 200Mbps of secure, reliable, high-speed and untethered Internet connectivity wirelessly. TVU Networks’ proprietary Inverse StatMux Plus technology ensured the added stability and reliability needed for this innovative project.


TVU Transceivers enabled the production team to leverage powerful professional video hardware decoders, specifically designed for the centralized viewing, to control and distribute the live video content. Together the two systems created a bidirectional live stream between the interviews taking place on the Circle Line and the studio at the Moscow Urban Forum. TVU’s powerful IP-based video switching solution, TVU Grid, was able to ensure smooth routing of the live video streams with ultra-low latency (just a one second delay) over the two signal lines to the studio.

“We are very proud to have collaborated with Moscow’s Transport Department on such an innovative project. The challenging nature of a delivering feeds from two locations – one of which was in constant motion – highlights the versatility needed for wireless live video contribution,” said Matt McEwen, VP of Product Management at TVU Networks. “The TVU Router provides robust and reliable connectivity in any situation and when combined together with the TVU Transceiver and TVU Grid, delivers uncompromising performance, features and picture quality. Our solutions ensure that broadcasters are free to innovate without worrying about what this means for the quality of the final output.”

TVU Networks has over 2,500 customers in more than 85 countries. The TVU Networks family of IP 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. The TVU Networks suite of solutions has been used to acquire, transmit, produce, manage and distribute professional-quality live IP HD footage as an integral part of news, sports and major global events.

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ATEME & Optiva Media Support Orange Spain VOD Service with High Quality Video Cloud Solution

Orange Spain has selected Optiva Media to transcode all the operator´s catchup and VOD catalog for its “Orange TV Cine y Series” service by integrating ATEME’s TITAN solution.

Through the TITAN solution, Orange Spain will benefit from ATEME’s best-in-class video encoding to deliver premium quality of experience to their customers, while gaining the flexibility and scalability of a fully operated cloud environment.

With this collaboration, Optiva Media increases and expands its portfolio for video processing and delivery by offering a fully operated end-to-end cloud-based solution.

“We are delighted to support Optiva Media in its development strategy by providing them with our solutions and our expertise. This new partnership demonstrates the innovative and excellence of our solutions and our ability to quickly deploy high quality VOD services.” said Anais Painchault, Director ATEME Iberica.

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Dielectric Welcomes FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to Antenna Facility

Dielectric, the broadcast industry’s premier manufacturer of TV and FM broadcast antenna systems, recently welcomed Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), to its repack antenna facility in Lewiston, Maine. Chairman Pai was greeted by Andy Whiteside, President and Keith Pelletier, Vice President and General Manager with a brief discussion of Dielectric’s 75 year history of service to the broadcast industry. The Chairman than met with key Dielectric executives, followed by a guided tour of the facility and repack production operation.

Since opening its doors in December 2017, Dielectric’s Lewiston location has exclusively focused on production of UHF antennas and systems for TV broadcasters migrating to new channel assignments. Dielectric’s leadership in repack orders and deliveries is unquestioned, with the company announcing its 500th repack antenna booking last week, and having already shipped over 200 antennas and systems to broadcasters.

Chairman Pai saw roughly 25 high-power TV antennas in various stages of assembly and testing during the tour. Highlights included in-progress assemblies of the TFU-WB, a cost-efficient, multi-channel, broadband UHF antenna that offers broadcasters a seamless transition to new channel assignments. Also among the antennas on site was a 25,000-pound TV antenna awaiting shipment to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico.

“Since this was Chairman Pai’s first visit, we took the opportunity to familiarize him with our accomplishments, starting with the leadership role we played during our nation’s digital TV transition,” said Pelletier. “We then highlighted how Dielectric is designing, building, and shipping a record number of antenna systems to serve the historic, national spectrum repack initiative.”

Chairman Pai took an interest in the TFU-WB antenna, as it has played an important role in accelerating spectrum clearance.

“Dielectric is in a unique position to gather information from on-going site installations. We expressed our concern to Chairman Pai that a significant number of installations have already been delayed as broadcasters and rigging crews encounter the technical, structural, logistical and weather problems typical of these projects,” said Whiteside.


“As a side-mounted, easily installed, auxiliary antenna solution, the TFU-WB offers broadcasters nationwide a strategy to vacate their legacy channel positions,” Jay Martin, Vice President of Sales added. “It gives tower crews time to prepare for the typically more complex and time-consuming main antenna installation, along with transmission line.”


“Chairman Pai was clearly intrigued with the complex and unique nature of each antenna system, and the lengths we go to make sure our antennas and brand meet broadcaster expectations,” said Pelletier. “He also seemed extremely interested in the technology we’ve developed to enable ATSC 3.0 for next-generation television, which is a particularly hot topic right now. We have provided RF equipment to just about all the current ATSC 3.0 projects on-going throughout the country, and we hope that US broadcasters will quickly embrace the opportunities of the new standard to develop robust business models for broadcasting’s future,” added Pelletier.

The Dielectric team also detailed how they continue to work with broadcasters to meet their challenging spectrum repack commitments, including those that have agreements with T-Mobile to free spectrum early by vacating their current channels ahead of the FCC repack schedule.

“We at Dielectric were extremely proud to welcome Chairman Pai and demonstrate our contribution and commitment to the multi-year spectrum repack and forthcoming ATSC 3.0 transition,” said Whiteside. “Our doors are always open to the Chairman, the Commissioners and their staff,” added Pelletier.

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