US Election Day brings huge usage records to LiveU as newsgatherers flock to cover the controversy

LiveU, the live video streaming and remote production technology firm, has played a pivotal role in the live coverage of the US Presidential Election.

With a mix of LiveU portable transmission solutions, including its flagship HEVC units, bonded LU-Smart app, and LiveU Matrix, the company’s IP contribution and distribution solution, around 700 broadcasters from around the world were able to provide comprehensive live news and updates of the highly publicised election worldwide.

The 2020 Election has brought record-breaking numbers in the utilisation and value of LiveU solutions that have been delivered, compared to the 2016 Election. The company marked a 35% increase in portable transmission units’ usage to 2,764 units from 1,800 in 2016, and an over 30% increase in simultaneous live streams to 1,760 from 1,200 in 2016.

“LiveU experienced an unprecedented 16,540 live streams on Election Night,” said Mike Savello, LiveU VP of sales, Americas. “This year has challenged our broadcast customers to approach live newsgathering in unique ways. The pandemic has changed studio environments, crew allocation, budgets, and workflows. What has remained consistent is LiveU’s ability to provide high quality, flexible solutions that news organisations can rely on, especially to cover high profile news and events.”

LiveU Matrix proved to be mission-critical on Election Night with nearly 500 customers consuming 3,700 live feeds for distribution to local, national and global news broadcasts. The platform delivered more than 12,000 hours of video over the course of election day without interruption. LiveU’s global cloud-based video management and distribution platform allows global news teams to share high-quality, low-latency live feeds with multiple internal and cross-organisational end points.

“The sheer amount of content shared and distributed was tremendous,” added Savello. “The platform was able to successfully support the rapid influx of content without interruption or failure. This demonstrated the power of LiveU Matrix during an ongoing live event.”

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