LiveU technology goes to Iceland, Faroes and Greenland

RUV, KFV and KNR – the public broadcasters of Iceland, The Faroe Islands and Greenland, respectively – have all turned to LiveU in order to increase their ability to provide live content to their viewers. The KFV and KNR deals have been overseen by LiveU’s partner in the region, Avit Systems.

RUV, based in Reykavik, Iceland, and distributed by DTT, IPTV and over the internet, is using LiveU’s flagship LU500 solution. Gunnar Gudmundsson, CTO with RUV, said, “We are always looking for effective ways to provide live content to our viewers. We were recommended this solution by our sister Scandinavian stations. LiveU’s technology allows us to transmit from places that are otherwise too expensive, or have been too hard to reach using traditional methods. It’s so easy to move around with this system and to enhance our news coverage with interesting live interviews, including from abroad, avoiding very expensive satellite costs.”

Headquartered in the Faroe Islands’ capital Tórshavn, KFV is using solutions from across LiveU’s range, including LU500, LU400 and LU-Smart, as well as LiveU Central. The Faroe Islands are rugged and mountainous so KFV needs highly stable and robust technology to bring live news – and sometimes sports content – to its viewers. Eyóbjørn Skipá, Technician with KFV, said, “As LiveU says, this allows you to go live anytime, anywhere. It’s very stable and easy to use and they have provided excellent support. We also use LiveU for online coverage of sports and cultural events.”

KFV has never had a satellite truck so previous live transmissions had to use old analogue point-to-point equipment or expensive phone lines.

Meanwhile, the Greenlandic Broadcasting Corporation – KNR, based in the capital Nuuk – is using small form factor LU200 technology to allow the broadcaster to operate live from anywhere in the city. Flemming Anderson, Head of Technical Services, said, “We can now broadcast without cables so easily. We simply turn on the LiveU technology – which is so easy for the user in the field. – and it just works! We use it for our news output several times a week.”

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