Nippon Television Network selects TVUPack cellular uplink solutions

Louise Duffy | 15-01-2014

Nippon Television Network Corporation has deployed TVU Networks' TVUPack 3G/4G/LTE ENG solutions in its regional bureaus around the globe to expand its ability to deliver live coverage of breaking news and events around the world.

The Japanese broadcaster has deployed TVUPack transmitters in its bureaus in New York, Los Angeles, London, Seoul, Beijing and Bangkok. It has plans to deploy additional TVUPack units at its remaining global bureaus in the near future.

“As a global news organisation, the ability to deliver live video from any location at any time is essential. TVUPack enables our correspondents to not only report on breaking stories, no matter where they happen, but to report on them in interesting and innovative ways,” said Naoki Yazawa, head of international satellite operations, foreign news, news division, Nippon Television Network Corporation.

After evaluating multiple cellular ENG products, Nippon Television selected TVUPack because of the system’s flexibility, ease of use and ability to deliver a strong and resilient transmission. “Our correspondents love TVUPack’s simplicity and one-button operation. The fact that the system works with any combination of cellular, Wi-Fi, or satellite network enables us to plan ahead and ensure that we have a successful live shot, regardless of the location,” explained Yazawa.

Nippon Television has used the TVUPack to deliver live coverage of important breaking news in several countries, including presidential elections in Seoul, South Korea, the Asiana airline crash at San Francisco International Airport, the birth of the royal baby in London, the Trans-Pacific Partnership ministerial meetings in Singapore and the International Olympic Committee meeting in Argentina that selected Tokyo as the host of the 2020 summer games.

“TVUPack has become an integral part of our live broadcast strategy. We plan to use the solution extensively in the coming months. For instance, TVUPack will be an important part of our broadcast strategy at the upcoming Sochi winter games, as it enables us to deliver more creative and exciting live transmissions from each of the venues,” said Yazawa.