Over 1,300 units of LiveU’s end-to-end solutions were deployed to deliver 19,000 live sessions from the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics to 50 countries worldwide. This, according to LiveU, represented a 400% increase in LiveU deployment, compared to the Rio Olympics Games in 2016, and included 50,000 hours of continuous live broadcasts.
In action for the first time at a major international sporting event was LiveU’s LU800 native 5G production-grade solution. Deployed using NTT DOCOMO’s 5G solution, the LU800, with its multi-camera capabilities, provided dynamic coverage from multiple angles.
Another first was the adoption of the LiveU Matrix IP cloud video management solution for cost-effective distribution of live feeds over the public Internet. LiveU ran more than 30 channels of distribution to almost 100 stations across the world in the Matrix platform; they were all dedicated to fans supporting their teams at the Games.
Ronen Artman, VP Marketing, LiveU said, “With no live audiences, it was even more important for broadcasters to capture the amazing achievements of the athletes and atmosphere around the Games. Camera crews got closer to the action than ever, with LiveU units used at every venue – inside the stadiums, outside on the tracks, and on water.
“From the start, covering the Opening Ceremony, to the events themselves, award ceremonies at the podiums and interviews with the athletes and coaches, LiveU was there at every point, bringing pride to the fans supporting their country’s teams.”