LiveU has unveiled an all-in-one production-level field unit for live news and sports coverage, the LU800, which provides multi-camera production and transmission over native 5G capabilities.


LU800: LiveU’s new all-in-one field production unit for live news and sports

The new unit supports up to four fully frame-synced feeds in high resolution from a single unit, using IP bonding of up to 14 connections. The LU800 also provides high-quality video performance, with up to 4Kp60 10-bit HDR transmission for optimal colour depth and richness, as well as up to 16 audio channels for high-end productions.

Samuel Wasserman, CEO of LiveU, commented: “Launching this ground-breaking product has taken on extra relevance, with the industry experiencing social distancing and budget limitations. There is an acute and growing need for high-quality, reliable and cost-effective solutions, supporting remote production workflows. The LU800 offers unlimited possibilities for customers to enrich their productions and cover more events at a fraction of the cost of traditional transmission methods.”

According to LiveU, the LU800 combines superior 5G performance with up to eight 5G internal dual-SIM modems, supported by high-efficiency internal antennas. Optimised for 5G operations, the unit also offers full support for 5G network evolution.

“With the return of live sports, 5G is expected to play a significant role in live production and contribution,” said Wasserman. “The LU800’s smart 5G-bonding technology enhances the sustainability of video quality in sports stadiums and other venues, taking advantage of the increased bandwidth, lower latency and greater speeds offered by 5G networks. Our successful live 5G broadcasts with leading US, APAC and European cellular providers, together with our ongoing participation in EU 5G collaborative projects, have strengthened our knowledge and expertise in this field, enabling us to enhance our algorithms and solutions accordingly.”

With the arrival of the LU800, LiveU now offers a full end-to-end contribution, production and distribution solution. The unit’s multi-camera production streams are fully managed by the LiveU Central cloud-based management platform and automatically fed into the LiveU Matrix IP content management and distribution workflow.

Available now, the LU800 product series accommodates any customer need or production scenario with multi-camera and single camera variants.