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TVU Networks

March 26, 2015 06:00 ET

TVU Networks Partners With StormChasingVideo.com to Deliver Live Coverage of Severe Weather Events Using TVUPack and TVU Grid

Partnership to Kick Off With 24 Hour Tornado Alley Run Exclusive Live Event to Be Streamed Online via TVUPack and Delivered to Broadcast Stations via TVU Grid

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwired - March 26, 2015) - TVU Networks, the global technology leader in live IP video solutions, today announced that StormChasingVideo.com, LLC, a leading provider of live severe weather coverage, will use TVUPack and TVU Grid to deliver live streaming video of severe weather events to major national networks and local TV stations during the 2015 severe weather season. To kick off the partnership, TVU and StormChasingVideo.com, LLC are partnering to deliver live coverage of the upcoming Tornado Alley Run live event to Web audiences.

The Tornado Alley Run is a live streaming event where the StormChasingVideo.com production crew will drive virtually non-stop except for fuel stops from Fargo, North Dakota to San Antonio, Texas, to show the durability and reliability of the TVUPack through multiple locations and network connectivity situations. They will then follow up after a day of rest to do a return to trip to Minneapolis, Minnesota. This trip will cross through nine states (North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Minnesota and Texas) in two 24-hour marathon drives. The first leg of the Tornado Alley Run will begin on Tuesday, March 31 at 10:00 am CDT, with the return leg taking place on Thursday, April 2, beginning at 10:00 am CDT. During the event, the StormChasingVideo.com production crew will continuously stream every minute of the journey live to their YouTube channel for the public to watch as well as a few selective TV stations via TVU Grid.

Throughout the severe weather season, StormChasingVideo.com will use various TVU solutions to deliver live coverage of severe weather events, along with their current systems that StormChasingVideo.com refined over the last 15 years of Electronic News Gathering (ENG) coverage. Broadcasters that utilize this service will be able to secure cost-effective, high quality video content from hazardous locations to extend their reporting from severe weather events that impact viewers. Partnering with TVU during the spring 2015 storm season, StormChasingVideo crews will use TVUPack and TVU MLink to stream live HD content from moving vehicles covering the storms to provide live ground verification of current extreme weather conditions as they unfold. Additionally, the TVU Grid solution enables stations, networks and broadcast groups to easily tap into the feed at anytime, securing footage from expert professional extreme weather photojournalist on-demand at a moment's notice.

"StormChasingVideo has provided tremendous live storm coverage and high quality recorded footage of severe weather events to some of the biggest broadcasters in the United States for over a decade, and TVU solutions will enable us for the first time to deliver full HD-quality live content to customers in those hostile environments. TVUPack is a powerful, highly mobile solution that will enable us to provide the best possible quality live streaming video to our broadcast customers, and do it while on the move. Because of the TVU MLink's weather-proof high gain roof mount antenna, it's the ideal tool for professional storm chasers. Additionally, using the TVU Grid platform, we will be able to easily distribute live video to multiple broadcast outlets on an on-demand basis with the click of a button," said Douglas Kiesling, Founder, StormChasingVideo.com, LLC.

With its simple one-button operation and ability to simultaneously transmit over multiple combinations of cellular, WIFI, microwave, and BGAN, Ka-band and Ku-band satellite links, TVUPack enables broadcasters to deliver live streaming video from practically any location. TVUPack also offers broadcasters TVU's proprietary IS+ transmission protocol and Smart VBR technology to ensure enhanced resiliency and superior picture quality in fluctuating bandwidth conditions, as well as the ability to transmit HD video with sub-second latency.

TVU Grid is a powerful IP video solution that enables TV stations to manage, route, switch and distribute live video content through both public and private Internet connections. Because the solution is video-source agnostic, TVU Grid can seamlessly switch between any connected IP or SDI sources and fits seamlessly within any broadcast production workflow.

Already in use by hundreds of leading broadcast organizations around the world, the TVUPack family of IP transmission solutions gives broadcasters a powerful and reliable tool to distribute live video content to broadcast, online, and mobile platforms. The TVUPack family of solutions has been used to deliver professional-quality live HD footage of a number of important events around the world including the London Summer Games, U.S. presidential elections, Hurricane Sandy, the 2013 Papal conclave, the Sochi Winter Olympics, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and the Super Bowl. For more information about TVUPack and other TVU Networks solutions, please visit www.tvunetworks.com.

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About TVU Networks
Headquartered in Mountain View, CA, TVU Networks is a technology and market leader in IP-based live video solutions. TVU's solutions help transform broadcasters' SDI-based video acquisition, transmission, routing, distribution and management operations to an IP-based infrastructure. TVU serves customers of all sizes in more than 80 countries from industries that include news broadcast, web streaming, law enforcement, sports, corporate and government. In broadcast markets around the world including the USA, China and other major economic powers, TVU is the dominant market leader with more than half of all news broadcast stations using its IP video solutions, which includes TVUPack, the award-winning mobile live cellular uplink solution and TVU Grid, the award-winning IP video switching, routing and distribution solution. TVU Networks is a pioneer in IP video technology and is leading the way in helping organizations looking to transition to a predominantly IP-based infrastructure. Many of the largest news broadcast station groups in the world have deployed TVU Grid and are leveraging it in their existing workflow infrastructures. More information about TVU Networks can be found at www.tvunetworks.com.

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