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Go live, patrol election process

Live broadcasting can provide transparency in general elections and act as eyes to deter voting malpractices. Amarin TV, a Thai broadcaster, reinforced its live coverage capabilities in the recent general elections in Thailand with LiveU – a live-stream solution provider.

Amarin TV deployed multiple LiveU’s LU600 units to follow the campaign trail that spanned across paddy fields to shopping districts of Thailand. The LU600 is a robust portable unit for newsgathering and can transmit 4K video at up to 60Mbps.

It also leveraged LU300 HEVC live video transmission to enhance the video performance over available bandwidth – even in rural areas.

Cheewapat Nathalang, CTO, Amarin TV, said: “LiveU has transformed the way we cover news, enabling us to be far more flexible and mobile.”

Yaal Eshel, VP Sales, LiveU, said: “Thailand is a key market in Asia for us and we’re delighted that a leading TV station Amarin TV selected LiveU’s HEVC units for its election coverage and ongoing newsgathering expansion.“With proven success worldwide, we’re confident that our HEVC solutions offer the best cellular transmission options in the market.”

Apart from Thailand, LiveU has supported coverage of general elections world-wide, including Austria, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Kenya, Russia, Singapore, Spain, The Netherlands, the UK and the US.

On the night of US Presidential Election 2016, LiveU deployed 1,800 transmission packs; transmitted nearly 8,000 hours of streaming; supported over 1,200 simultaneous streams; and managed 17TB of data. The strong reliance on live broadcast helped voters to retain trust in the electoral process.

Indeed, voters all over the world are yearning for more live coverage of elections.  The recent Cameron Highland by-election in Malaysia is an epitome of the importance of livestreaming; it allowed Malaysians to witness the entire election process as the Malaysia Election Commission livestreamed the voting process, ballot counting and tallying of votes on Facebook.

With more elections coming up in Asia in the next few months, will voters be pressing broadcasters to patrol their votes?

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