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Journal Broadcast Group Leverage IP Newsgathering

The independent broadcaster conducted extensive field tests of the bonded-cellular transmission technology.

Hackensack, NJ—Citing the technology’s flexibility and cost-effectiveness, compared to traditional broadcast news transmission technologies, Journal Broadcast Group, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has deployed LiveU’s newest bonded-cellular backpack product, the LU500, to support its newsgathering activities operations across its 12 stations in the U.S.

Andy Laird, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Journal Broadcast Group, said they conducted an extensive test of various solutions and found that LiveU’s LU500 provided high-quality video transmission in challenging RF situations, “but was also easy to use, lightweight, and highly portable compared to other options.”

The LiveU LU500 transmitter is the company’s highest performance bonded-cellular solution, with many new features, yet is less than half the size of its previous flagship product, the LU70. Weighing only 2.2lbs (1kg), the LU500 bonds together six to eight internal cellular connections, and allows the transmission of broadcast-quality video. The LU500 includes LiveU’s proprietary antenna modules for greater resiliency in congested areas, is powered by LiveU’s new multi-processor video encoding engine, and can be controlled and monitored from anywhere using the LiveU Central management system.

LiveU said it owns the patent for cellular bonding for remote newsgathering in the U.S. and other countries. All LiveU products are based on this fourth-generation patented technology.

The company offers a complete range of devices for live video coverage—from backpacks to smartphones. LiveU’s solutions include multiple 4G LTE/3G, HSPA+, WiMAX and Wi-Fi cellular links, which are optimized for maximum video quality based on the available network conditions.