TV5 produced a live HD pre-show for the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao boxing match that took place in Las Vegas in May. We knew there would be many broadcasters on hand to capture the event, so it was important to find a digital newsgathering solution that would be easy to use and capable of supporting a wide range of networks. Video quality was also a major factor in choosing a solution.
We chose AVIWEST’s DMNG PRO180 3G/4G video uplink system because it met all of our requirements. Using the digital mobile newsgathering solution, we were able to transmit HD video about the sporting event—including training preparation, a look at Pacquiao’s daily life in Los Angeles, and interviews from Las Vegas prior to the fight—over 3G/4G networks while maintaining superior signal quality, despite congested network conditions.
The DMNG PRO180 features up to 10 cellular connections, including eight 3G/4G internal modems with high-efficiency custom antenna arrays, two USB interfaces, and a built-in Wi-Fi modem. Leveraging AVIWEST SafeStream technology, the system enabled us to deliver live transmissions even in the midst of unpredictable cellular network environments. Each unit also has an H.264 video encoder, allowing us to stream live HD video in the most efficient manner possible with minimal delay.
AVIWEST’s live video hybrid contribution platform is portable and lightweight, weighing only about 1 kg, making it easy to move around within the tight confines of a sports arena. By enabling us to send live broadcast-quality video over bonded IP networks, the DMNG PRO180 guaranteed a flawless entertainment experience for Filipino TV viewers.
Bong E. Lopez is head of news engineering at TV5, a television network in the Philippines.