FloSports Relies on TVU’s Video-Over-IP Technology to Reliably, Cost Effectively Air Live Events

FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, live streams more than 10,000 live competitions per year across its platform. In order to keep pace with its 24/7 schedule of live and on-demand sports coverage, the company selected TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP video solutions, to help address its growing need for on-location live video capturing and sharing.

Based on FloSports’ previous rental experience with TVU Networks’ equipment, they knew the company’s gear was more than up to its rigorous video content demands. FloSports uses TVU to simulcast events, produce live programming from remote locations, record footage for raw archiving material, and more. They also bring along their TVU One cellular mobile units to every venue as a backup to ensure they can always provide live coverage.

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Dirt track racing coverage for FloRacing using TVU One mobile IP transmitter

“We are currently using TVU for both primary and backup event coverage,” FloSports Director of Production Eric Helton said. “We’ve used equipment from other video-over-IP providers, but it did not perform well covering events like cross country where the camera has to move with the athletes across a course, which can cause fluctuations in cellular connections. In contrast, we found TVU One to be very reliable for this type of coverage, and we experienced better results. Additionally, TVU’s customer support is superior to the support offered by other providers.”

Powered by IS+, TVU’s proprietary transmission algorithm, TVU transmitters can simultaneously aggregate any combination of bandwidth mediums including cellular 3G/4G LTE, WiFi, Ethernet, Ka-band and Ku-band satellite, microwave, microwave mesh and BGAN to deliver a reliable and dependable broadcast picture with sub-second latency, as low as 0.5 seconds.

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Big Ten Cross Country Championships covered on FloTrack with TVU One mobile IP transmitter

FloSports consistently delivers high-quality, live and on-demand coverage to its viewers regardless of the sport or venue.

“The flexibility and dependability of TVU products enables us to push the limits of traditional broadcasting,” Helton added. “The technology has proved itself cost and time effective and works flawlessly every time. We’re thankful to have found them. TVU’s solid performance strengthens our commitment to the FloSports model of remote production and IP video transmission. It is truly the future of broadcast.”

 

“FloSports’ business model fits perfectly within the sweet spot of our video-over-IP technology,” TVU Networks Vice President, North America Sales Matt Keiler said. “The sports they cover require remote production in challenging environments often without cellular or with unstable connections, with fast moving content, constantly changing locales, and a finite budget. We’re thrilled they’ve selected our technology to bring reliable and cost-effective live video sports content to their millions of passionate viewers.”

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New Cablecast Community Media Platform Upgrade Speeds and Simplifies Scheduling with Enhanced Automation

Tightrope Media Systems today unleashed a significant new software upgrade for its Cablecast Community Media broadcast automation, playout and publishing platform. Cablecast 6.6 expands the system’s powerful features for automating repetitive scheduling tasks, thus speeding and simplifying day-to-day programming operations for community TV broadcasters. The new version will be demonstrated in the company’s suite at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel (Ren Exhibitor C) at the upcoming 2019 NAB Show, taking place April 8-11.

“While our recent software upgrades have added features to help PEG stations expand their reach and better engage their audiences through online and OTT delivery, version 6.6 is all about the core scheduling tasks that community TV programmers deal with every day,” said Michelle Alimoradi, Marketing Manager, Cablecast Community Media. “Users switching to Cablecast from other systems have always been delighted by the time savings it offered, but we wanted to take it even further. Our goal with this release is to help them complete their scheduling in as little as half the time, by eliminating tedious, repetitious actions.”

The new Gap Filler tool intelligently fills breaks between shows with content beyond just the channel’s community bulletin board. Short-form videos such as public service announcements and event promos are intrinsic to community TV programming but are very tedious to schedule individually. With Cablecast 6.6, programmers can click on a gap in the schedule and select a saved search comprised of short-form content. Gap Filler will then automatically calculate and schedule the appropriate clips from that search to best fill the gap’s duration. Users can define intro and outro messages – such as station IDs – to bracket the gap, while options such as “Do Not Allow Repeats” ensure that viewers don’t simply see the same short-form clips over and over.

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The new Auto-Scheduler feature automatically populates recurring time slots, sparing programmers from needing to schedule each episode individually. Users can define recurring time slots indefinitely into the future and set the Auto-Scheduler to dynamically populate them with the most recent show from a specified project, continually updating the schedule with the latest episode – a massive time-saver for customers running daily shows such as “Democracy Now!” Programmers also have the option of intentionally repeating a single show across all recurring slots and can flexibly override automatically-scheduled entries if they wish, with an event log reporting any such edits that superseded the defined rule.

The Gap Filler and Auto-Scheduler features both take advantage of Cablecast 6.6’s new allowable date range parameters. Start and/or end dates can be set for each show to define when the content is permitted to be broadcast – thereby preventing programs from being shown too soon or after they are no longer relevant, such as promos for past events or last month’s city council meeting. Gap Filler and Auto-Scheduler will automatically exclude any videos that would be outside their allowed date range, while users who attempt to manually schedule a clip for a prohibited date will receive a warning in the scheduling interface.

“We have always designed Cablecast to be like having a savvy, reliable, additional staff member at customers’ stations,” said Alimoradi. “You want to be able to train it, and then just let it do its thing. Version 6.6 makes the system an even more valuable team member, automatically filling up the channels’ schedule to free up real staff members’ calendars. By helping users do their scheduling faster, Cablecast gives them more time to create great content.”

The Cablecast 6.6 upgrade will be available at the end of February, and will be free for Cablecast customers on active support agreements.

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Mediaproxy To Show New Exception-Based Monitoring and Content Matching Workflows at NAB 2019

Mediaproxy  will be showcasing its updated LogServer software suite for compliance, monitoring and analysis at NAB on its booth SU2802.

That broadcasting has become more complex with the advent of OTT services is an understatement. Playout is no longer the final point of quality control. Going further down the content delivery chain, CDN edge points, targeted ad-insertion, multi-language support, and event-based channels require the expert scrutiny of broadcast engineers. The need to manage a more complex ecosystem with an ever-growing list of logging and compliance requirements has become a priority for content owners and regulators alike.

At this year’s show, Mediaproxy will introduce the concept of exception-based monitoring via IP penalty boxes to enable broadcasters and MSOs working at scale to more efficiently handle quality control and compliance.

For network operators managing multiple stations and playouts, Mediaproxy has introduced a new live source comparison feature for real-time identification of mismatched content. One or more live sources can be compared based on video content and alert operators immediately when they are not matching.

Support for Newtek NDI and SMPTE 2110 media over IP formats further enhances the options available for compliance recording and monitoring solutions. By capturing NDI and SMPTE 2110 sources including metadata Mediaproxy LogServer allows broadcasters to ensure full compliance during all stages of IP deployment.

Erik Otto, CEO of Mediaproxy, explains, “Reigning in control over a large number of OTT streams can be daunting, which is why having a unified system for monitoring compliance and identifying issues across all traditional and OTT playouts is critical. To ensure that the right content is at the right place at the right time, Mediaproxy LogServer enables operators to log and monitor outgoing ABR streams as well as Transport Stream and OTT stream metadata including SCTE triggers, closed captions, and audio information, all from one place. It is the key to surviving the multiformat game of the future and we are delighted to demonstrate our latest advances in this area at NAB 2019.”

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