RTVE Deploys LiveU's IP Cloud Services

LiveU gear being used by RTVE
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HACKENSACK, N.J.—Spain’s public broadcaster RTVE has inked a deal with LiveU to provide the IP bonding technology and cloud-based services that the broadcaster said will improve its content gathering capacity and production efficiency. 

As part of the agreement, LiveU is supplying more than 150 units, including multi-camera LU800s, compact LU300Ss and LU-Smart mobile applications, along with multiple instances of LiveU Ingest for automatic recording and metadata tagging of stories for RTVE’s use in domestic and international capital cities around the world, including across Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Given the scale of the project, RTVE carried out an in-depth examination of the technologies’ capabilities working with LiveU and LiveU's local partner, Sinopsys Distribución Integral SAU (SDI). After the rigorous product testing process across the market, RTVE published the tender dossier, with the contract awarded to LiveU, the companies said. 

Laura Llames, Country Manager for LiveU Spain, said: "We are delighted to have secured this important account in such a competitive environment, with the additional help and expertise of our partner, SDI. Our EcoSystem enables our customers to think and work differently, providing highly cost-effective and flexible ways of collecting and processing content. This, in turn, greatly enhances the viewer experience, enabling the capture of more and varied news and sports from across the country and internationally.”

The network has four main national centers: two in Madrid, one in Barcelona and one in the Canary Islands. RTVE's Torrespaña center in Madrid serves as the main hub and is where most of the signals pass through and therefore hosts a significant number of the servers, including LiveU Ingest. These main hubs account for approximately 50% of the field units. Each main center also has LiveU Video Return technology installed, which allows the field teams to instantly see what is being broadcast.

RTVE's territorial structure also has smaller regional center in the capitals of each of Spain's 17 autonomous communities, which, in addition to those served by Barcelona, Madrid and the Canary Islands, include Andalusia, Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, the Basque Country, Navarre, La Rioja, Aragon, Castilla y Leon, Castilla-La Mancha, Valencia, the Balearic Islands, Murcia and Extremadura. 

Each of these regional broadcasters regularly contributes live news and sports to the channel's production. Each field unit benefits from the inclusion of LiveU Intercom and DataBridge capabilities. In December 2022, RTVE sent units to its correspondents around the world for international content gathering.

"We have worked very closely with SDI to secure this important and exciting deal from RTVE," Llames added. "It has been a complex process and we continue to work closely with SDI as both companies have developed a close relationship with RTVE. We understand the requirements, and the way the broadcaster works, and this provides us with a clear way forward as the relationship continues to evolve, along with our technology roadmap. We look forward to continuing to grow our relationship with RTVE.”

George Winslow

George Winslow is the senior content producer for TV Tech. He has written about the television, media and technology industries for nearly 30 years for such publications as Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and TV Tech. Over the years, he has edited a number of magazines, including Multichannel News International and World Screen, and moderated panels at such major industry events as NAB and MIP TV. He has published two books and dozens of encyclopedia articles on such subjects as the media, New York City history and economics.