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News: NAB 2016: TVU Networks Accelerates Breaking News Coverage -- Increases Control with New Cloud-Based Solutions
News: NAB 2016: TVU Networks Accelerates Breaking News Coverage -- Increases Control with New Cloud-Based Solutions

TVU Alert and TVU Command Center Help Broadcasters Respond to Developing Stories with Greater Timeliness, Communication and Control

Last Updated: April 4, 2016 10:04 pm GMT

(Mountain View, California--April 13, 2016) TVU Networks, the global technology leader in live IP video solutions, today announced the availability of the new cloud-based TVU Alert and TVU Command Center workflow solutions for professional broadcast. TVU Alert is a cloud-hosted service that makes it quick and simple to send mission-critical alerts, such as breaking news, anywhere throughout a news organization. TVU Command Center is also a cloud-based solution that allows central management and control of all the TVU transmitters, receivers, and services within a group from virtually anywhere. Together, they help broadcasters get to air first with live video from the most important breaking stories.
TVU Alert

"Reporting on breaking news as it happens can make or break a station's reputation,” said TVU Networks’ VP of Product Management Matt McEwen, “so we designed TVU Alert to allow any user on the system to create a short alert and send it to other TVU users -- reporters, directors, management and technical staff -- with the push of a button."

Alerts can be sent to and from any TVU edge device such as: a TVU One live mobile IP newsgathering transmitter; TVU Grid IP video distribution, routing and switching system; MLink live video uplink transmitter; the TVU Anywhere app that turns an iPhone or Android device into a live video transmitter; and the TVUPack mobile uplink solution. Alerts can be customized and sent to individuals, devices or to entire groups in the network.

With TVU Alert, a dialog window allows the user to create the alert message and set up the recipient list, then send with a simple button push. TVU devices can participate in peer-to-peer chats with another device. For example, a technical director can send specific instructions to camera operators via their TVU Anywhere-enabled mobile devices. They can engage in a two-way chat. For group alerts, any number of users can be included in a group, and alert messages are only viewable by group members.

McEwen added, "Getting to air first also depends on communication from the broadcast studio to the field. To that end, our service also includes a cloud-based TVU Alert Dashboard and TVU Alert API.”

The TVU Alert dashboard provides an interface that assignment desk managers, news directors or anyone can see when an alert comes in from the central interface. The Alert message is shown there as well as an indication of when the Alert was sent. Users can also send an Alert from the dashboard.

The TVU Alert API allows alerts to be imported and exported from external sources, including news production systems, wire feeds, script writing, archive access and equipment automation.

TVU Command Center

A new cloud-based solution, TVU Command Center provides a centralized management control of all TVU devices and systems within a group remotely from anywhere. It features a robust set of tools including the following:
TVU Command Center also allows IP video sources to be added or deleted, transmit and output to a third party website or content delivery network (CDN) such as Akamai, YouTube Live, and Ustream. Video clips from TVU transmitters can be easily downloaded and managed from a central point, and edited clips output to FTP or multiple video sources such as CDNs.

TVU will showcase all of its solutions, designed to help organizations fully leverage the extraordinary power of IP for video broadcast, in Booth #SU4405 during NAB, to be held from April 16-21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Already in use by hundreds of leading broadcast organizations around the world, the TVU Networks family of IP transmission solutions gives broadcasters and organizations a powerful and reliable tool to distribute live video content to broadcast, online and mobile platforms. The TVU Networks suite of solutions has been used to deliver professional-quality live HD footage of a number of important events around the world including the World Cup, both Summer and Winter Olympic Games, U.S. presidential elections, natural disasters, the 2013 Papal conclave, the Super Bowl, the 2015 Papal visit to the United States and several international sporting events.

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About TVU Networks®

TVU Networks® is a technology and market leader in IP-based live video solutions. TVU’s solutions help transform broadcasters’ SDI-based operations - which include acquisition, transmission, routing, distribution and management - to an IP-based infrastructure. TVU® serves customers of all sizes in more than 80 countries from industries that include news broadcast, web streaming, law enforcement, sports, corporate and government. In broadcast markets around the world including the USA, China and other major economic powers, TVU® is the dominant market leader with a large majority of all news broadcast stations using its IP video solutions. Using its proprietary IS+ technology, TVU’s uplink solutions use any combination of cellular, satellite, microwave, WiFi and Ethernet IP connections to deliver live HD video from practically any location.