LiveU launches a cloud-based news footage community
Posted on Nov 6, 2014 by Alex Fice
The new cloud service from LiveU can potentially match any broadcaster with any news journalist anywhere in the world.
LiveU has launched the LiveU Community platform (http://www.liveu.tv/community), a cloud-based network connecting freelancers, production houses and other service providers with hundreds of broadcasters around the world. Using its own management technology, LiveU has created an online news exchange platform, making it potentially cheaper for LiveU customers to offer or request newsgathering services for breaking news and events anywhere, at any time.
LiveU Community is a reflection of LiveU’s strategy to offer value-added services to its customers, enabled by its cloud-based central management platform, LiveU Central. Once the connection is made between the broadcaster and the service provider, the content can be transmitted and managed centrally.
With the LiveU Community, LiveU uplink devices can transmit to any LiveU server, essentially allowing the broadcaster to use any service provider’s unit as one of their own. Leveraging the deployment of LiveU units and servers around the world, LiveU Community enables LiveU broadcasters to find LiveU-equipped professionals in any geographic location and potentially create unique content at a significantly reduced cost, and much faster, than sending their own news crew or using satellite or microwave equipment.
Samuel Wasserman, LiveU’s CEO, said, “Using our technology, we’re proud to have created an effective platform with hundreds of customers that serves as a bridge between broadcasters and the freelance video community. The LiveU Community platform is a real innovation in its field, opening a whole range of options for our customers to connect to one another and acquire valuable content when they need it. We’ve had great feedback so far with new members signing up every day.”
“The LiveU Community opens a whole new door for potential clients. Providing live content as a freelancer is so much easier and affordable with LiveU technology and the Community gives us the platform to access the largest broadcasters,” said Terje Næss, Press Photographer, Næss Multimedia AS.
Wasserman continued, “It’s a win-win solution for the industry. Broadcasters can obtain content that financially or logistically would have been prohibitive, and freelancers and service providers have greater access to the world’s media. LiveU Community reflects our long-term strategy to enhance our offering with new value-added services.”