As a leading video platform and community for gamers, Twitch.tv was one of the best places to find comprehensive coverage of the 2015 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), which took place in Los Angeles in June. The Twitch.tv live stream included announcements from the most prominent gaming companies, including Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. For a production of this caliber, an unreliable Internet connection can be the Achilles’ heel of live streaming, especially in an environment as challenging as the colossal E3 show.
To reliably stream to an audience of almost 1 million viewers, Twitch chose to depend on Teradek’s Bond II, a popular choice for companies with sizeable video streaming efforts. Bond II aggregates the bandwidth from multiple hardline and cellular data connections to ensure a live stream never goes down. Justin Ignacio, Twitch’s broadcast success engineer, explains the importance of the Bond II’s role for this production: “The Teradek Bond solution is fantastic for us because of the amount of redundancy it provides with sending video over the Internet. Especially for big events like E3, the Teradek Bond is absolutely necessary.”
Since Teradek’s products are portable as well as affordable, Twitch deployed a Bond II unit at every streaming location. Each Bond device transmitted a video feed to Core, Teradek’s cloud-based distribution platform that allows users to route, record and archive their content in real time.