France’s BFMTV deploys LiveU at RWC
One that sipped through the cracks last week: French news channel BFMTV has renewed and expanded its global agreement with LiveU for use of its flagship LU60 video uplink system. BFMTV has been using LiveU units for more than two years for daily newsgathering and high profile events, most recently to bring dynamic content of the Rugby World Cup from New Zealand.
Thomas Jumel, Head of Production at BFMTV, said: “We’ve used LiveU backpacks in all kinds of situations, both in France and internationally, as the main live feed and as a back-up for OB units. We have deployed the units in cities and the countryside, in helicopters, cars, on motorcycles, and boats. We also use the technology to send video files as well as feeds as it can provide a fast connection from the field back to the newsroom. LiveU was the first to provide efficient transmission via cellular networks and they have a strong technology lead.”
Jumel added, “For the recent Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, we looked for a solution that would allow us to get close to the stadiums. LiveU’s LU60 technology enabled us to be both mobile at the events and first to react as news developed. We could easily fly to stadiums with the LiveU backpack and get the footage that we wanted.”