HACKENSACK, N.J., Dec. 15, 2020 /PRNewsCentre/ — The COVID-19 global pandemic has impacted the way live news, sports, and a variety of other markets have gathered, managed, and disseminated live content. LiveU, the leader in live streaming and remote production solutions, is today presenting the company’s annual ‘State of Live’ report showing the trends over the past year based on data generated from its global customer base.
LiveU State of Live 2020 – The rise in IP distribution
Most notable has been the significant increase in content sharing over IP, for US and international viewership. The consolidation of newsgathering efforts and the reduction of on-site staff at live events have increased the reliance on IP-based content contribution and distribution across the globe – from network-to-station, station-to-station, and production crews to sports teams, leagues, and associations.
Key findings include:
"Our IP-based technology is inherently suited for remote productions. With the ongoing pandemic and subsequent health, logistical, and budget concerns, our cellular-based portable units have enabled live broadcasts to carry on from home and other locations. At the same time, the move to IP-based workflows has required producers to think differently about the way they create and share live content," said Samuel Wasserman, LiveU’s CEO and co-founder.
He added, "In the midst of the pandemic, our customers were able to rise above the challenges and deliver content that informed, engaged, and entertained viewers. As the market hopefully stabilizes with the availability of vaccines, we see the return of live sports and the use of live streaming, remote production, and IP contribution and distribution growing even more. We look forward to new opportunities and growth in 2021 with major events such as the US Presidential Inauguration and the Summer Games in Tokyo."
The Year of LiveU Matrix
LiveU Matrix now has nearly 10 US state governors providing daily and weekly press conferences, and at the height of the pandemic this spring over 40 local pools for content sharing.
Matrix was fundamental for the 24/7 news cycle in covering high-profile events such as the protests and riots in the US and the SpaceX Crew Dragon, boasting more than 15,000 feeds delivered over 8 days this summer.
Most recently, LiveU Matrix proved to be mission-critical on Election Night in the United States with nearly 700 customers consuming 3,700 live feeds for distribution. The platform delivered more than 12,000 hours of video over the course of election day alone, and then another 8,000 plus feeds over the remainder of election week, without interruption.
About LiveU Matrix
LiveU Matrix has become the go-to platform for the newsroom, providing a cost-effective way to receive, manage, and distribute live content quickly and reliably over the public internet. Major news broadcasters including CBS, CNN, Cox Media Group, Fox Sports, Meredith Corporation, Quincy Media, and Sinclair Broadcast Group are curating their content with LiveU Matrix.
To learn how LiveU Matrix can transform your live video content management and distribution, visit https://go.liveu.tv/matrix.
LiveU is changing the rules of the game for live news and dynamic sports coverage, with flawless 5G 4K HEVC live streaming and remote production. Together with its cloud-based management and next-gen IP distribution platforms, LiveU offers the most cost-effective end-to-end contribution, production and distribution solution. Our broad portfolio of products sets the industry standard for live video production ranging from our newest, portable production-level field units and smartphone app to satellite/cellular hybrid and external antenna solutions. With over 3,000 customers in 130+ countries, LiveU’s technology is the solution of choice for global broadcasters, news agencies, sports and entertainment, streaming live video to TV, mobile, online and social media. LiveU is a winner of the 71st Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards in recognition of its innovation and achievement in Video over Cellular Internet Protocol (VoCIP) technology. For more information, visit www.liveu.tv, or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn or Instagram.
Joyce Essig (US)
Joss Armitage (Int’l)