South African sport broadcasts get more mobile

Technology from live video streaming company LiveU is offering an alternative to traditional satellite, fibre and microwave technology for live coverage of South Africa’s popular horse racing industry.

LiveU’s portable field units are being deployed to create live coverage from the race tracks themselves, inside betting centres, and around award ceremonies and special events. 

Tellytrack Horseracing, Highlights and Sports Betting Television is using LiveU for its filler programme around the races, following an extensive testing period. LiveU backpack units are now deployed in different regions around the country, providing live crossings and special segments. The LiveU feeds used for TV broadcasts are then streamed via the same channel to its web site and social media platforms.

Another company, Gold Circle Horseracing and Betting, has been testing the viability of the LiveU solution since early 2018 for both camera signal acquisition while following the horses and in the distribution of content to supplement, and as a substitute for, SNG (satellite newsgathering) trucks.

The two customers note that the system allows the use of a camera operator in the field with a backpack, some batteries, a camera and a LiveU unit rather than complex microwave services with three or four cameras. The LU600 field unit can be used for both video acquisition and distribution. It can also provide a sub-second signal to the studio. This means that it can be integrated into the live multi-camera mix reliably.

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