TVBS Deploys TVUPack for Next Generation News Gathering

Mountain View, California (EastBayDaily) — TVU Networks, technology leader in live TV over Internet, is pleased to announce that TVBS, major satellite television channel and nationwide cable TV network, has deployed the TVUPack across Taiwan.

The TVUPack is an ultra-portable electronic news-gathering device. It uses wireless infrastructure, backed up by solid-state storage that captures high-quality footage when no data connection is available. The TVUPack is a fully self-contained content capture and broadcast solution with its own on-board power and data transmission capability. Simple to operate, with the press of a single ‘On’ button, the signal goes live in the newsroom within 45 seconds. Latency is as little as 2 seconds.

Using TVU’s Inverse StatMux technology, the TVUPack delivers broadcast quality signals by leveraging multiple 3G/ WiFi connections. Its flexible external modem connections allow it to advance to 4G/ WiMAX without replacing any hardware.

The TVUPack enables TVBS to dramatically expand their news-gathering capabilities. Weighing just 13 pounds, the TVUPack allows a field team to go anywhere and get breaking news fast. The TVUPack captures news in locations not previously accessible to reporting teams, such as from within crowds of people.

Widely deployed by many major media companies and news organizations, the TVUPack is being used in countries including the United States, China, Hong Kong, South Africa, Brazil, Philippines, Indonesia, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom. The TVUPack has allowed news organizations around the world to provide live coverage of key events, including the 2010 World Cup, 2010 Shanghai Expo, and even the breaking news surrounding the Times Square car-bomb.

Mr. Jim Lin, Manager of the Engineering Department at TVBS states, “The TVUPack allows us to cover more ground with our reporters and fits perfectly into our budget, enabling us to use four TVUPacks in the place of a single van for the same price. We have evaluated many solutions leveraging 3G and WiFi infrastructures. Unlike many other solutions which deliver “Skype-like” picture quality, the TVUPack delivers broadcast quality which matches today’s SNG picture quality. Its internal storage and high speed transfer enables us to bring breaking news immediately to our newsroom, even when 3G connections are limited. The TVUPack, which we are deploying in three cities, will be a leading force in news coverage of the upcoming campaigns and election in Taiwan. We are excited that we will be empowered by this next-generation technology to be the first ones on the scene and deliver the news quickly.”

About TVU Networks: TVU Networks, is the technology leader in live TV over Internet. The company’s products and services allow both broadcasters and viewers to get the full advantage of using the Internet as a broadcast and transmission medium. The company’s TVUPack is the perfect tool for un-tethered broadcasting.

TVU’s TV platform empowers any size broadcaster to effectively monetize their content through a live Internet TV platform that reaches the entire world, has unlimited channel capacity, and allows for very low broadcasting costs. The TVU platform also offers cross platform support, including Windows, Mac, and a best-selling iPhone app. TVUPlayer applications have been downloaded over 50 million times. TVU Networks was founded in 2005 and has headquarters in Silicon Valley, California, and offices in New York, Boston, and Shanghai.

About TVBS: TVBS is a satellite television channel and nationwide cable TV network in Taiwan, Republic of China, launched on September 28, 1993. It was established by TVBI Company Limited (TVBI), a subsidiary of Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) in Hong Kong, and ERA Group of Taiwan, and became a wholly owned subsidiary of Television Broadcasts Limited of Hong Kong in early 2005.


Genevieve Waldron
TVU Networks