Thai PBS Broadcasts Live News Coverage of Cave Rescue Operation Thanks to AVIWEST Contribution Solution

Simple to Use, Mobile, and Compact, AVIWEST’s Solution Ensures Exceptional Signal Quality, Even in Areas With Limited Network Connectivity

AVIWEST, a global provider of video contribution systems, today announced that Thai Public Broadcasting Service (TPBS) deployed AVIWEST’s RACK180 hybrid contribution video encoder, StreamHub transceivers, and QUAD wideband antennas to improve video quality and lower distribution costs for live, breaking news. The broadcaster used AVIWEST’s solution for live coverage of the recent high-profile rescue operation involving a youth football team trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand. AVIWEST’s solution was the first wireless camera unit on location, enabling TPBS to broadcast live HD video of the incident over bonded 4G wireless networks, while maintaining exceptional signal quality.

“Since the Tham Luang cave is located in a remote area of Thailand, TPBS needed broadcast equipment capable of streaming live high-quality images from an area that lacks strong network connections,” said Suchet Mahapruekpong, VP of sales and marketing at Strong Brothers 1961, AVIWEST’s partner in Thailand. “AVIWEST’s solution offered the TPBS team greater flexibility in the field. It allowed them to utilize affordable cellular networks to deliver real-time coverage of this epic news event to viewers watching across the world, in a smoother and faster way than traditional broadcast equipment.”

Thanks to AVIWEST SafeStreams technology and an intelligent bonding stack featured in the RACK180 encoder and QUAD Antenna wideband cellular antenna arrays, TPBS can successfully stream live footage of news events, even when network conditions are limited. AVIWEST’s solution resides in the broadcaster’s digital cellular newsgathering van, which was designed by Strong Brothers 1961. Housed in a compact, 1RU rackmount chassis, the RACK180 offers easy integration into newsgathering vehicles.

The RACK180 contribution encoder includes a robust combination of hardware and software, including eight 3G/4G internal modems and two USB interfaces, a built-in Wi-Fi modem, and eight MCX antenna connectors that are used with the QUAD wideband antenna arrays to strengthen the broadcaster’s signal transmission. AVIWEST’s StreamHub enables reception of multiple concurrent incoming streams from the RACK180 and other streaming equipment in a way that is simple and intuitive.

“Our equipment is deployed by a number of leading broadcasters in the Asia-Pacific region for breaking news and live events coverage,” said Frédéric Parbey, VP Sales APAC at AVIWEST. “As broadcasters look to deploy a digital mobile newsgathering system with high reliability, unparalleled mobility, and low power consumption, AVIWEST offers all of this and more, enabling TPBS to deliver superior video quality at reduced OPEX and CAPEX.”

More information on AVIWEST and its products is available at www.aviwest.com.

AVIWEST Wins Prestigious Emmy Award for SafeStreams Technology

NATAS Awards Emmy to AVIWEST for Pioneering a Reliable Transmission Method for Live Contribution and Distribution of TV Feeds

AVIWEST, a global provider of video contribution systems, today announced that the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has presented AVIWEST with a Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award for its SafeStreams Technology®, which includes forward error correction (FEC), automatic repeat request (ARQ), and IP bonding techniques. AVIWEST’s technology was bestowed with the prestigious award for its excellence in engineering creativity and in pioneering a reliable transmission method for live contribution and distribution TV links.

“AVIWEST was founded in 2008 with a single mission: to provide a more cost-effective alternative to traditional satellite, telecom and fiber-optic conductivity for the contribution and distribution of live television,” said Ronan Poullaouec, chief technology officer at AVIWEST. “We are honored to be selected for an Emmy Award for the development of ARQ and SafeStreams Technology. This award, which was decided upon by dozens of industry experts and peers, is proof of AVIWEST’s significant contribution toward the advancement of a reliable transport method for live HD and UHD video over unmanaged networks and the public internet.”

AVIWEST’s SafeStreams Technology enables broadcasters to transport critical video feeds through a low-cost public internet connection, offering the same reliability as traditional broadcast transmission methods. Additional transport resiliency and redundancy is facilitated by bonding up to 12 unmanaged IP networks, including 4G/3G, and soon 5G cellular networks, LAN/WAN, satellite, telecom, Wi-Fi, and the public internet.

“Screen actors are always cited for Oscars. Stage performers are similarly proud of their Tonys. Television journalists are quick to add an Emmy to their resume — and with good reason,” said Robert Seidel, chairman of the Technology and Engineering Achievement Committee. “We award the Technology and Engineering Emmy Award to these outstanding companies and individuals who are the tool makers of the industry that have materially affected the television viewing experience.”

Technology & Engineering Awards will be presented at the 2019 NAB Show, held April 6-11 in Las Vegas. The awards honor development and innovation in broadcast technology and recognize companies, organizations and individuals for breakthroughs in technology that have a significant effect on television engineering.

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AVIWEST Responds to Growth With New Sales and Support Office in North America

AVIWEST, a global provider of video contribution systems, today announced that it has opened a new sales and services support office in New York to further augment the company’s growing business in the United States. The new office enables AVIWEST to quickly respond to immediate presales, sales, and service support needs for regional customers with live broadcast operations.

“Opening up a new office in the United States strategically aligns with our long-term business goals and technology development roadmap, enabling us to fulfill the current and future market needs for advanced live IP video solutions,” said Erwan Gasc, CEO, AVIWEST. “The company’s local presence in America, immediate services support, and faster after-sales services also benefit AVIWEST’s local distributors, resellers, and channel partners.

With an expanded presence in North America, we have a great opportunity to explore new business models, such as rental services, for international news agencies.”

AVIWEST’s live IP video transmission solutions enable broadcasters and video professionals to capture and deliver live UHD, HD, or SD video over multiple networks, including bonded 3G/4G cellular wireless, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and satellite. Offering seamless integration into existing workflows and headends, extremely low power consumption, and unparalleled mobility, AVIWEST systems are used in more than 80 countries by Tier One broadcasters for breaking news and live events coverage.

 

AVIWEST Enables Broadcasters to Deliver Live Coverage of French Polynesian Elections in Full Duplex for the First Time

AVIWEST, a global provider of video contribution systems, today announced that TNTV and Première, the two public Polynesian TV broadcasters, deployed several AVIWEST PRO180-RA bonded cellular uplink systems and StreamHub transceivers for coverage of the recent regional elections. With the assistance of DirecTahiti, a production agency, and using a large range of AVIWEST remote field units, the broadcasters successfully delivered live HD videos over the Internet and to televisions over 3G/4G cellular networks with minimal delay.

“Our goal was to follow the voting process as closely as possible, and reliably transmit results in real time,” said Jeff Aubruchet, CEO and CTO at DirecTahiti. “The AVIWEST solution offered us an affordable and simple way to stream live high-quality videos successfully from any location across the archipelago, even on cellular networks. Adding digital mobile newsgathering equipment to our arsenal allowed us to deliver dynamic full duplex programs to viewers, a Polynesian premiere!”

Thanks to AVIWEST SafeStreams® technology, the broadcasters’ remote journalists were able to transmit live videos over bonded 3G/4G and Wi-Fi connections using PRO180-RA field units without having to worry about network conditions. All of the incoming streams were managed by the StreamHub transceiver platform, allowing the broadcasters to provide viewers with real-time updates and keep them informed about the election results.

The StreamHub transceiver enabled DirecTahiti to receive and decode all incoming streams delivered from all PRO180-RA field units. It features an intuitive web user interface that optimizes the monitoring of the video transmissions with a large panel of capabilities, such as video thumbnails, statistics, dynamic bit rate, latency control and SIP-based IFB application.

The versatility of the AVIWEST video uplink systems and their reliable connections to the StreamHub platform improved DirecTahiti’s election coverage.

“For important events such as regional elections, many broadcasters need to expand their transmission capabilities,” said Frédéric Parbey, APAC sales director at AVIWEST. “For these situations, they can easily rent transmitter units and cloud-based StreamHub transceivers to broadcast the high quality that AVIWEST is known for. This is exactly what TNTV and Première did, in addition to relying on our professional services and our global partners network.”

AVIWEST Unveils New PRO3 Series HEVC Advance Video Uplink System for Live Remote Production

AVIWEST, a global provider of video contribution systems, today announced the PRO3 Series, the fourth generation of the company’s highly portable video uplink system. Integrating a best-in-class H.265/HEVC Advance encoder into a compact design, the PRO3 significantly improves live video remote production, offering a 30 percent savings in data costs compared with other HEVC solutions on the market.

“As broadcasters aim to deliver superior-quality video content for live news and event coverage, data costs are spiraling out of control,” said Samuel Fleischhacker, senior product manager at AVIWEST. “The PRO3 Series features a next-generation encoder that is extremely powerful, significantly reducing the bitrates typically associated with broadcasting high-quality video in real time over bonded cellular and the public internet.”

Using the PRO3 Series, broadcasters and video producers can seamlessly stream live HD interviews and events, and store and forward recorded content even in the midst of unpredictable and unmanaged network conditions. The video uplink system features a compact, portable, and robust design, along with a comprehensive panel of interfaces and functionalities (SDI in and out, HDMI in and out, and analog audio in), making it perfect for on-the-go newsgathering, live multi-camera productions, and sports. Offering a camera-mount or backpack alternative to satellite, the PRO3 can synchronously backhaul multiple live feeds with perfect genlock and lip sync for multicamera, remote, and at-home productions.

With up to 12 network connections including eight 3G/4G internal modems with patented high-efficiency custom antenna arrays plus a USB 3.0 port and built-in Wi-Fi modem, the PRO3 Series makes it easy for journalists to conduct live interviews and events with flawless HEVC Advance encoding. The system’s high-performance HEVC encoder achieves low bitrates and low latency, lowering cellular data consumption without compromising on video quality. Using the PRO3 Series, broadcasters have the option to record a premium-quality video file and forward it progressively to the remote receiver while recording, saving a significant amount of time in the field.

By detecting and bonding together multiple IP network interfaces, the PRO3 Series enables users to take advantage of every IP network in their immediate area as they become available. AVIWEST SafeStreams® technology, featuring an intelligent IP-bonding stack and powerful contribution network protocols, assures the delivery of live transmissions over internet networks with minimum delay (as low as 500 ms), allowing mobile journalists to stream high-quality videos from any location around the world.

Another key benefit of the PRO3 Series is its simplicity and ease of use. The PRO3 Series features a SIP-based intercom to simplify communications between the master control room in the broadcaster premises and remote transmitter operators in the field. Video professionals can connect any of their mobile devices through to the PRO3 bonding connectivity leveraging multiple IP networks and take advantage of high-speed mobile connectivity. Moreover, the PRO3 Series features a user-friendly intuitive interface that allows broadcasting live videos in just two taps on the touchscreen.

AVIWEST Extends International Presence by Opening New Offices in Asia, India, and Latin America

AVIWEST, a global provider of video contribution systems, today announced it has opened new sales and services offices in Hong Kong, New Delhi, and Santiago, Chile to further augment the company’s growing business in those regions.

The new office location in New Delhi ensures that the needs of Indian customers are thoroughly met, enabling AVIWEST to respond quickly to immediate pre-sales, sales, and service needs across the region. AVIWEST has already established a large presence in the country, with hundreds of systems deployed thanks to a partnership with distributor VTI.

AVIWEST Asia in Hong Kong has moved to a larger office to better accommodate its growing number of partners, resellers, and customers in the region. Through its expert support and engineering team dedicated to performing equipment repairs and upgrades, AVIWEST reduces the total cost of ownership for equipment.

In Latin America (LATAM), AVIWEST has opened a new office that offers additional space and an ideal location right in the heart of Santiago. The LATAM branch demonstrates AVIWEST’s commitment to expanding its presence in the region and to providing superior services and support to customers.

 

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The television world is changing. Today, viewers expect high-quality video on a wide range of devices and platforms,
including social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. When it comes to coverage of breaking news and live events, broadcasters need to work as quickly and cost-efficiently as possible to distribute video to these platforms and devices before the competition while also ensuring exceptional picture quality at
low bitrates.

Traditionally, TV channels needed multiple systems for transmission, encoding, decoding, etc. Not only was this
expensive, it also meant that news crews would have to transport the equipment in OB vans or in some cases carry the equipment in the field. However, recent solutions have emerged that combine those capabilities into a single, compact package. Thisnot only saves broadcasters money but also speeds up the delivery
of live news.

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CCTV Provides High-Quality Live Coverage of the Shenyang International Marathon With AVIWEST Video Uplink System

AVIWEST, a global provider of video contribution systems, today announced that CCTV, the state television broadcaster in China, provided full live coverage of the 2017 Shenyang International Marathon using AVIWEST’s PRO180-RA 4G video uplink solution. Featuring real-time video mobile wireless bonded cellular technology, AVIWEST’s PRO180-RA solution provided CCTV with a portable, cost-effective, and reliable transmission method for delivering high-definition footage of the event to different cities around China.

The Shenyang International Marathon is a world-class event, and CCTV needed a high-performance, flexible, and durable video streaming solution to deliver live coverage of the marathon. A key reason CCTV chose AVIWEST’s PRO180-RA video uplink system is its adaptability, in terms of enabling the live broadcasts from anywhere. CCTV used AVIWEST’s solution to transmit live coverage of the marathon from a motorcycle, ensuring that its viewers never missed a second of the action.

More than 20,000 participants from 16 different countries and regions were involved in the marathon. The tournament uses a rare dedicated marathon track to show the beautiful scenery and urban landmarks on both sides of the Hun River in Shenyang, giving competitors a unique running experience. During the live event, CCTV used a motion-shooting camera to capture each of the participants and then transferred the signal to AVIWEST PRO180-RA 4G video uplink solutions for live transmission. Three separate video uplink systems were used simultaneously to provide viewers with different perspectives of the marathon.

A major advantage of AVIWEST’s PRO180-RA system is simplicity. With the video uplink solution, CCTV was able to set up the device and connect to a camera with the push of a button for quick live-event streaming. Weighing about 1 kilogram, the portable PRO180-RA can be easily connected to any professional camera (e.g., SD/HD-SDI, analog [BNC] and HDMI) and mounted via V-Mount and Gold Mount. By providing CCTV with a video uplink system that is easy to transport and use, AVIWEST helped CCTV speed up its newsgathering operation.

The PRO180-RA supports all three major telecom operators in the country — China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom — and allowed CCTV to aggregate all SIM card data traffic to optimize bandwidth during live video transmission. The video uplink system enabled more of CCTV’s newsgathering teams to be engaged in the field without the need for OB trucks, flight boxes, or additional equipment, thereby reducing costs.

“Our PRO180-RA video uplink system is truly a live-broadcast-in-motion solution,” said Frederic Parbey, APAC director of sales of AVIWEST. “Thanks to the unit’s compact, lightweight, and portable design, CCTV was able to roam freely indoors and outdoors without being limited by cable or between two points for superior coverage of the Shenyang International Marathon.”

AVIWEST Adds New IFB Application to Digital Mobile Newsgathering Solutions for Improved Communications

AVIWEST, a global provider of video contribution systems, today announced that its Manager platform and transmitters now include an enhanced version of its IFB application. The new feature streamlines communications for broadcasters, enabling them to correspond with remote transmitter operators regarding the coverage in progress.

AVIWEST’s IFB system is based on the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) digital data transmission standard. Integrated within AVIWEST’s Manager platform, the IFB provides producers with an efficient way to speak with crew members during news and live events broadcasts. What’s more, the high-end SIP intercom is powered over IP, enabling video producers to use AVIWEST’s Manager in virtualized mode and take advantage of the economic benefits of the cloud without compromising the performance required by today’s media environments.

AVIWEST’s Manager can accept multiple independent audio channels and direct each of them to either a specific person, group of operators, or open concurrent audio conferences with a useful push-to-talk mode. Every conversation can be managed directly from a master control room through any laptop device thanks to a simple web page showing video thumbnails of the on-air field units, along with other necessary video information.

“All AVIWEST transmitters series feature or will soon include the SIP-based intercom application, enabling broadcasters to take advantage of new audio functions and integration with third-party solutions — guaranteeing the utmost in audio quality,” said Ronan Poullaouec, CTO at AVIWEST. “In the field, remote journalists can connect their unit to audio conferences in one simple click, without having to configure anything. Our R&D team developed this solution to meet users’ requirements for flexibility, simplicity and ease of use, even for untrained users.”

 

AVIWEST Improves Live Video Remote Production With the AIR320

AVIWEST, a global provider of live IP video solutions, today announced the AIR320, a powerful and ultra-lightweight video uplink system that will be available in Q4 and on display at IBC2017, Sept. 15-19 in Amsterdam. By integrating best-in-class H.265/HEVC and H.264/AVC hardware encoders into a portable solution, the brand-new AIR320 enables broadcasters and video producers to stream live interviews and events seamlessly, and store and forward recorded content even in the midst of unpredictable and unmanaged network conditions.

“Our top-notch R&D team has developed the AIR series with the same high level of technical expectations already present in AVIWEST’s flagship PRO transmitters. Featuring a large panel of interfaces and functionality, the AIR320 is the perfect tool for on-the-go video professionals that need lightweight, portable, and versatile video solutions,” said Ronan Poullaouec, CTO at AVIWEST. “The high-end AIR320 will transform the way that journalists conduct live interviews, enabling flawless HEVC encoding and exceptional video quality delivery.”

The AIR320 features an ultra-compact and portable design with up to four cellular connections, including 3G/4G internal modems with high-efficiency custom antenna arrays and two USB 3.0 ports, plus a built-in Wi-Fi modem. The system’s internal battery enables video professionals to use the system for up to three hours, allowing them to stay ahead of the competition by getting superior-quality live videos and recordings on air quicker than ever.

By detecting and bonding together multiple IP network interfaces, the AIR320 enables users to take advantage of every IP network in their immediate area as they become available. AVIWEST SafeStreams® technology assures the delivery of live transmissions over unmanaged networks with minimum delay, allowing mobile journalists to stream high-quality video from any location around the world.

Fully integrated with the AVIWEST’s Manager system and StreamHub transceivers, the AIR320 is an essential component in AVIWEST’s complete DMNG product range designed to simplify the capture and broadcast of live HD and SD video over multiple unmanaged IP networks, including bonded 4G/3G cellular, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and satellite links.

More information on AVIWEST and its products is available at www.aviwest.com.