LiveU, vendor of video-over-cellular systems, has announced that BFMTV, France’s leading news channel, has expanded its global agreement for use of its flagship LU60 video uplink package after evaluating alternative products. BFMTV is a 24/7, non-stop news channel with more than 160 journalists, and has been using LiveU units for more than two years for daily newsgathering and high profile events, such as the 2011 British Royal Wedding and the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Most recently, the French broadcaster used LiveU to bring dynamic content of the New Zealand Rugby World Cup to viewers in France, with the national team reaching the final.
"We've used LiveU backpacks in all kinds of situations, both in France and internationally, as the main live feed and as a back-up for OB units," said Thomas Jumel, head of production at BFMTV.
"We have deployed the units in cities and the countryside, in helicopters, cars, on motorcycles, and boats. We also use the technology to send video files as well as feeds as it can provide a fast connection from the field back to the newsroom," he said.
For its recent coverage of the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, the broadcaster wanted to be able to get as close as possible to the stadiums, said Jumel. The LiveU LU60 technology allowed BFMTV journalists to be mobile at the events and react as news developed.
LiveU says its flagship LU60 product is the industry’s first bonded 3G/4G LTE backpack with proprietary RF technology for superior resiliency, up to 1080 HD video and sub-second latency for a satellite-like experience.