TV4 Sweden simplifies live HD streaming with DMNG

Swedish TV network TV4 is using Aviwest’s digital mobile newsgathering solution to deliver live broadcast transmissions for its new TV programme Spring!, produced by production company Elk together with HDR. The equipment was provided by Best Broadcast Hire (BBH). Utilising Aviwest’s DMNG PRO180-RA video uplink system, with a specialised backpack, and the DMNG StreamHub receivers, the TV network can stream high-quality live HD broadcasts to viewers with minimal delay.

“Spring’ is a live reality television programme that follows four different couples across the country, filming them for eight hours a day, as they hide from the celebrities that are chasing them. Given the unique concept of the show, we needed a digital mobile news gathering solution that is compact, reliable, and effective at delivering high-quality video without latency,” said Johan Sandklef, director at Elk.

“Aviwest has exceeded our expectations. By enabling us to deliver a dependable and high-quality stream in real time, the DMNG PRO system completed the program format, allowing even more live content. In particular, we find the backpack feature especially useful for carrying the transmission gear in the field.”

All Spring! content is transmitted from Sony and GoPro cameras and then broadcast on TV4 and streamed live on TV4 play leveraging Aviwest equipment, for which the set-up was quick and easy. DMNG PRO180-RA systems are connected to the DMNG StreamHub receiver, decoder, and distribution applications back in the studio, which are directly linked to an Avid editing system for post production.

The inclusion of low-latency intercom communication between the studio and camera operator enables BBH to make any adjustments quickly to the video transmission before and during a live recording. This capability is essential during the show’s weekly live final, as it enables the studio host to seamlessly communicate with crew in the field, guaranteeing a high-quality experience, free of delay, for viewers. 

Using the DMNG PRO180-RA, TV4 can deliver live transmissions via 3G/4G wireless cellular networks. The intelligent bonding technology ensures transmission reliability even when cellular network connections are poor or when bandwidth decreases due to network congestion, as the system automatically detects real-time network links. Through a user-friendly and intuitive touch-screen interface, TV4 can configure and operate the systems remotely, as well as talk to the studio using the IFB two-way communication channel.

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