Sky News used LiveU transmission for UK election coverage

Sky News, a major UK TV and online news provider, used LiveU solutions in its live coverage of the recent UK General Election.

The broadcaster has chosen LiveU because of the latter’s ability to supply a very high volume of portable transmission units at short notice. LiveU’s UK partner, Garland Partners, managed this “complex” project.

“Our live declaration coverage in 2015 won huge plaudits, audience appreciation, and a Guinness World Record for Most Concurrent Live Web Streams for an Event,” said Richard Pattison, manager of News Technology at Sky News.

“The technology allowed us to bring results to the nation as they happened and this editorial advantage was made possible by our partnership with LiveU. It simply wouldn’t have been achievable using traditional newsgathering methods and now we are expanding our live coverage for 2017 to make the night even more alive for our viewers.”

This year, Sky News again used an IP set-up in a specially built studio, including a huge video wall for all the incoming feeds, and taking selected live feeds for broadcast via its Network Operations Centre.

All live feeds were made available online via YouTube Live.

LiveU Central, the company’s unified management platform, was key to the project, as it supplied those in the studio with both remote monitoring and control capabilities and provided essential access to units in real time.

Sky News has recently expanded its permanent fleet of LiveU units, including the recently launched flagship LU600. Sky News has LiveU units across the UK and in Los Angeles, two in Washington DC, and one each in New York, Delhi, Moscow and Jerusalem.

Pattison added: “Using cellular bonding has fundamentally changed the way we can approach news reporting and has considerably increased our live coverage because their technology allows us to broadcast from places we simply couldn’t before. With our foreign coverage, previously we would only have been live from our actual bureau. Now we can be out and about in the field with LiveU units getting us far closer to the story.”

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